Changing the Culture 2001:
Writing, Speaking and Thinking Mathematics
May 11, 2001
SFU at Harbour Centre
515 Hastings Street, Vancouver
The Fourth Annual Changing the Culture Conference, organized and sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, will again bring together mathematicians, mathematics educators and school teachers from all levels to work together towards narrowing the gap between mathematicians and teachers of mathematics, and between those who do and enjoy mathematics and those who don't. Its theme this time is Writing, Speaking and Thinking Mathematics. The conference will explore connections between numeracy and literacy, mathematics and language, mathematics and literature, and how we can use language to teach mathematics.
There will be two plenary talks. Click on lecture title for streamed video filed. For more information, including technical requirements, please click
Mathematics and Literature: Cross Fertilization
Speaker: Brett Stevens, PIMS postdoctoral fellow, SFU
Breaking the Cycle of Ignorance
Speaker: John Mighton, NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.
John Mighton is the founder and coordinator of JUMP, Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies, an educational no-cost outreach program for students who are doing badly in mathematics in school. This program has been very successful and is rapidly gaining momentum in Toronto. John will talk about his experiences with JUMP and on how to make math accessible for kids whom the standard methods have not reached. John is also a Governor's General award winning playwright. Robert LePage's latest film, Possible Worlds, was adapted from one of his plays. He was a math consultant and actor in Good Will Hunting.
8:45 - 9:15 Registration
9:15 - 9:30 Welcoming Remarks
9:30 - 10:30 Mathematics and Literature: Cross Fertilization
Brett Stevens, SFU/PIMS
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Workshops and Discussions
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Panel Discussion: Truth and Fiction in Teaching Mathematics
15:00 - 16:30 Workshops and Discussions
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 - 18:00 Breaking the Cycle of Ignorance
John Mighton, Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
Each participant will be able to attend two of the following workshops:
1. JUMP: Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies program.
Leader: John Mighton
2. Contextualizing Mathematics.
Leader: Brett Stevens and Karen Meagher
3. Connecting Early Numeracy and Literacy.
Leaders: Cynthia Nicol and Heather Kelleher
Faculty of Education, SFU
Mathematics, University of Montana/Project NEXT
Faculty of Education, UBC
Teacher, Bowen Island Elementary School
Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
Previous Changing the Culture Conferences
For more information, contact conference organizer, Malgorzata Dubiel, dubiel at math.sfu.ca