Diversity in Math Movie Series

Believe it or not, mathematicians come in every size, shape and color. Although historically, mathematics has been a field dominated by white males, women and people from other racial groups have also made their way through its ranks and have accomplished great things.

Once a month, join us for a virtual discussion around a film depicting the lives of prominent mathematicians from underrepresented groups and learn about their passions and struggles. Watch the film at home and connect for a panel discussion where we will talk about the math and the people and how this relates to each one of us in the current times.

You can be a mathematician too!

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact us at outreach@math.osu.edu Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

January 13 – Girls Who Fell in Love With Math

This documentary film is about two girls who grew up together in the 60s of Taiwan, the story of their dream of pursuing math: Dr. Alice Chang and Dr. Fan Chung-Graham.

Our Panelists:

  • Dr. Alice Chang – Princeton University
  • Hannah Johnson – Undergraduate Student, The Ohio State University
  • Kacey Clark – Graduate Student, The Ohio State University
  • Paige Helms – Graduate Student, University of Washington

Registrants will receive a link to view the film one week before the panel. Watch the film on your own ahead of time and connect via Zoom on the day of the panel.

Register here.

February – Secrets of the Surface

Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant who became a superstar in her field. In 2014, she was both the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored by mathematics’ highest prize, the Fields Medal.

Registrants will receive a link to view the film one week before the panel. Watch the film on your own ahead of time and connect via Zoom on the day of the panel.

Register here.

March – Navajo Math Circles

Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world. The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and which has proliferated across the United States. This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long-lasting results.

Navajo Math Circles is a one-hour film that is documenting the meeting of two worlds: that of some of the country’s most accomplished mathematicians and math educators, with the children and teachers in the underserved, largely rural Navajo educational system.

Past events

December 9 – Hidden Figures

Based on the book of the same name, Hidden Figures tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Our Panelists:

  • Sharon McDougle – NASA Crew Escape Equipment Manager & Crew Chief
  • Dr. Ranthony A.C. Edmonds – Ross Assistant Professor, OSU Department of Mathematics
  • Dr. John Johnson Jr. – Assistant Professor/Academic Program Coordinator, OSU Department of Mathematics
  • Kayla Watson – Aerospace Engineer Brooke Owens Fellowship Executive Leader
  • Khristian Jones – Co-founder of the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship

This session was hosted in partnership with the Department of Astronomy Monthly Movie Night.