Combinatorial Potlatch 2015

  • Date: 11/21/2015

University of British Columbia


The Combinatorial Potlatch is an irregularly scheduled, floating, one-day conference. It has been held for many years at various locations around Puget Sound and southern British Columbia, and it is an opportunity for combinatorialists in the region to gather informally for a day of invited talks and conversation. While most who attend work in, or near, the Puget Sound basin, all are welcome.  Typically there are three talks given by speakers who are visiting or new to the area, along with breaks for coffee and lunch. Many participants remain for dinner at a local restaurant or pub.


The American Heritage Dictionary defines potlatch as "a ceremonial feast among certain Native American peoples of the northwest Pacific coast, as in celebration of a marriage or an accession, at which the host distributes gifts according to each guest's rank or status." Between rival groups the potlatch could involve extravagant or competitive giving and destruction by the host of valued items as a display of superior wealth. [Chinook Jargon, from Nootka p'achitl, to make a potlatch gift.]


This fall's Potlatch is being hosted by the Department of Mathematics at University of British Columbia at their campus in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday, November 21, 2015.


Significant funding is being provided by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. Their support is gratefully acknowledged.


More info, including a history and links to previous Potlatches, can be found at The Combinatorial Potlatch Home Page.