Math 199: Colloquium

Spring 2019


The goal of this course is to introduce students to mathematics colloquia and related mathematics talks. The structure of the course consists of attending colloquia; there are no lectures or exams.


Dagan Karp
Office: 3414 Shan
Office hours: Tue 3-4pm, and open door.


The Claremont Colleges present Mathematics Colloquia on every Wednesday, 4:15 - 5:15 pm. Talks this semester will take place in Room B460 of the Shanahan Center on HMC Campus.

Refreshments are served before the talks at 3:45 pm. The mathematics colloquium series at the Claremeont Colleges is presented by the Claremont Center for Mathematical Sciences, which maintains the colloquium calendar here:

Other Events

In addition to colloquia, students in Math 199 may, for credit, attend other approved events, such as a Moody Lecture. If you're wondering if a given event is approved for Math 199 credit, just ask the instructor.


To receive credit for attending a talk, fill out the Math 199 Attendance Form:


To pass colloquium, you must attend 7 colloquia or other approved events, and complete the attendence form for each event.


Why is Math 199 a required course? Why are colloquia useful? What if I don't understand? How can I get the most out of this experience?

To shed light on all of this, here are some thoughts from Ravi Vakil's advice page for his potential students.


It is the policy of The Claremont Colleges to accommodate students with temporary or permanent disabilities. Any student with a documented disability who requires reasonable accommodations should contact Deborah Kahn, Coordinator for Student Disability Resources at (909) 607-3148 or, as soon as possible. Students from the other Claremont Colleges should contact their home college's disability officer. Counterparts at the other campuses are as follows: CMC: Julia Easley ( CGU: Chris Bass ( HMC: Deborah Kahn ( Pitzer: Gabriella Tempestoso ( Pomona: Jan Collins-Eaglin ( Scripps: Leslie Schnyder (

Math is for all

My goal is to welcome everyone to mathematics, and to broaden participation in the mathematical sciences. Our classroom should be an inclusive space, where ideas, questions, and misconceptions can be discussed with respect. There is usually more than one way to see and solve a problem and we will all be richer if we can be open to multiple paths to knowledge. I look forward to getting to know you all, as individuals and as a learning community.