Changing the Culture 2021


The annual Changing the Culture Conference, organized and sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, brings 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 think they don't.




Changing the Culture

Caption: Changing the Culture, September 2nd, 2020


Date: Date: Friday May 14, 2021


Location: Online


For the second time, the conference will be held on line. Recordings will be made available below when they are available.


Conference Program: (All times in PDT)


9:00 Opening Remarks

9:05 Plenary Talk: How to fold things into thirds, sevenths, and thirty-sevenths! (video) James Tanton

Come with something floppy in hand--a string, a shoelace, a tie, or perhaps a floppy zucchini. Not only will we fold the object into strange fractional lengths, but we’ll also see how folding it into fractions leads to famous unsolved mathematics! Can you solve an unsolved problem? This event was recorded watch the video.

10:05 Networking Break

10:20 Presentation of the 2021 PIMS Education Award to Bruce Dunham, UBC (video)

10:30 Panel Discussion: How has Coronavirus changed the teaching of Mathematics? (video)

  • Kseniya Garaschuk, UFV
  • Dan Laitsch, SFU (slides)
  • Cameron Morland, U of Waterloo
  • Rob Lovell, St Georges
  • Bruce Dunham, UBC


12:15 Closing Remarks


In addition to Changing the Culture, PIMS is hosting a virtual screening and panel of the movie "Picture a Scientist". This event may be of interest to the Changing the Culture community and the panel will take place at 1pm after Changing the Culture. Please visit the event page for more details or to register (registration closes May 10th)