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Date  Speaker  Title 
Jan 9  Julianna Tymoczko (Smith College) Canceled 
Some results on components of Springer fibers and other Hessenberg varieties
The Springer fiber of a linear operator $X$ is the subvariety of the flag variety that is "fixed" by $X$. Hessenberg varieties are a generalization of Springer fibers: they consist of the flags that are "moved" by $X$ only to a certain extent, as measured by a second parameter $H$. The geometry of Springer fibers and Hessenberg varieties encodes deep information about representations of the symmetric group. However, the varieties themselves are not well understood. In this talk, we introduce Springer fibers and Hessenberg varieties, describe some of their combinatorial and representationtheoretic context, and sketch some results about cell decompositions (including closure relations) in certain cases. 
Jan 16  Allen Knutson (Cornell) 
Grassmannians, puzzles, and quiver varieties
Given four random red lines in 3space, how many blue lines touch all four red? The answer is two, and this is the first nontrivial question in "Schubert calculus". Hilbert's 15th problem was to give this theory a solid foundation, which we now see as the cohomology ring of the Grassmannian of 1planes in 3space (or kplanes in affine nspace). There are many variations, all of which are easy to study algebraically, but only a few of which are understood combinatorially. In the late '90s Terry Tao and I proved one could count "puzzles" in place of counting actual subspaces, and I solved similar problems with puzzles, some only conjecturally. In the last couple of years, through joint work with Paul ZinnJustin, the geometry behind puzzles has become clearer: they are actually calculations on Nakajima quiver varieties (though for this talk I will mainly need spaces of diagonalizable complex matrices with fixed spectrum). 
Jan 23  KuanWen Lai (UMass Amherst) 
Bijective Cremona transformations of the plane
The study of the birational automorphisms of the plane has a history of more than a hundred years. These automorphisms are invertible maps defined by polynomials, and several significant results have been established over the field of complex numbers, or more generally over perfect fields. Over a finite field, we call such a map bijective if it induces a bijection on the points defined over the ground field. Given an abstract permutation, can we always realize it via a bijective map? In this talk, I will give an almost full answer to this question. This is joint work with Shamil Asgarli, Masahiro Nakahara, and Susanna Zimmermann. 
Jan 30  Dawei Chen (Boston College) 
Volumes and intersection theory on moduli spaces of differentials
Computing volumes of moduli spaces has significance in many fields. For instance, the celebrated Witten's conjecture regarding intersection numbers on moduli spaces of curves has a fascinating connection to the WeilPetersson volumes, which motivated Mirzakhani to give a proof via Teichmueller theory, hyperbolic geometry, and symplectic geometry. In this talk I will introduce an analogue of Witten's intersection numbers on moduli spaces of holomorphic differentials to compute the MasurVeech volumes induced by the flat metric of the differentials. This is joint work with Moeller, Sauvaget, and Zagier (arXiv:1901.01785). 
Feb 6  Michael McBreen (CMSA) 
HauselProudfoot varieties
HauselProudfoot varieties are a family of spaces attached to a graph, which behave in many ways like the moduli of local systems or higgs bundles on a Riemann surface. I will give an overview of recent work on their cohomology and their padic volumes, joint with Z. Dancso and V. Shende on the one hand and M. Groechenig on the other. 
Feb 13  YuShen Lin (Boston University) 
On the some examples of family Floer mirrors
StromingerYauZaslow conjecture predicts the existence of special Lagrangian fibrations on CalabiYau manifolds and provides an recipe for the construction of mirrors via dual torus fibration. Due to the analytic difficulty of the original conjecture, KontsevichSoibelman and GrossSiebert developed an algebraic algorithm to construct the mirror. The symlectic counterpart is the family Floer homology introduced by Fukaya. However, there are not many explicit examples of the family Floer mirrors are computed, due to the lack of control of the holomorphic discs in a given geometry. In this talk, we will provide some log CalabiYau surfaces and the idea how to compute the family Floer mirror explicitly. In particular, by comparing with the construction of mirrors in the work of GrossHackingKeel, this motivates some conjectures of the existence of Ricciflat metric on some log CalabiYau surfaces. This is a joint work in progress with ManWai Cheung. 
Feb 20  Denis Auroux (Harvard) 
Coisotropic branes and homological mirror symmetry for tori
This talk will focus on homological mirror symmetry for tori, and some of its unexpected features for abelian varieties with complex multiplication. After reviewing mirror symmetry for elliptic curves and the challenges posed by complex multiplication, I will describe an approach, developed in the PhD thesis of my student Yingdi Qin, to the problem of incorporating coisotropic branes into the Fukaya category of a torus; as well as the motivation for this construction from the perspective of SYZ and homological mirror symmetry. Qin's work also gives an insight into the equivalence between the Fukaya categories of dual symplectic tori (eg elliptic curves with inverse areas), which I will explain if time permits. 
Feb 27  Jeremy Lane (Fields Institute / McMaster) 
Actionangle coordinates on multiplicityfree spaces
Actionangle coordinates are a type of coordinate chart on symplectic manifolds originating from the theory of commutative completely integrable systems. Symplectic toric manifolds are the prototypical example of symplectic manifolds with global actionangle coordinates. Multiplicityfree spaces are the natural nonabelian generalization of toric manifolds. For example, coadjoint orbits of compact Lie groups are multiplicityfree spaces. Unlike toric manifolds, multiplicityfree spaces do not come with natural global actionangle coordinates. In this talk I will present recent work that constructs actionangle coordinates on "big subsets" of a large family of multiplicityfree spaces. As a corollary, we close a conjecture on the Gromov width of coadjoint orbits in the case of arbitrary regular coadjoint orbits of compact simple Lie groups. This talk is based on collaboration with Anton Alekseev, Benjamin Hoffman, and Yanpeng Li. 
Mar 5  No Seminar (Spring Break)  
Mar 12  Svetlana Makarova (MIT) 
Generalizing the Strange Duality for K3 surfaces
The Strange Duality conjecture suggests that there should be a natural duality between cohomologies of certain tautological bundles on a pair of moduli spaces of stable sheaves coming from two orthogonal Chern characters. In this talk, I will formulate the conjecture more precisely, briefly review the recent result of MarianOprea establishing the Strange Duality over elliptic K3 surfaces, and formulate our pointwise generalization. Time permitting, I will outline the formulation of the result in moduli (over the moduli stack of (quasi)polarized K3s) and explain how to extend the result from the elliptic locus. 
Mar 19  Renzo Cavalieri (Colorado State) 

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Apr 2  Mario Salvetti (University of Pisa) 

Apr 9  Andrey Smirnov (UNC Chapel Hill) 

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Apr 23  Balazs Elek (University of Toronto) 

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