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Writers Conversation - Poets Panel

Tracy K. Smith, Moderator; Thomas Sayers Ellis, Suji Kwock Kim, Wendy S. Walters
October 8, 2010

The 2010–11 season of Writers Conversations, curated by Institute Artist-in-Residence Derek Bermel, began with a reading and discussion with a younger generation of groundbreaking poets.

Tracy K. Smith, the host of the panel, is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Her second collection of poems, Duende (Graywolf Press), received the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Thomas Sayers Ellis is Assistant Professor of CreativeWriting at Sarah Lawrence College and a core faculty member of the Lesley University Low Residency MFA Program. He won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares for his first full-length collection, The Maverick Room (Graywolf Press).

Suji Kwock Kim’s first book, Notes from the Divided Country (Louisiana State University Press, 2003), won the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and The Nation/Discovery Award.

Wendy S.Walters’s work resides at the intersection of the poem, essay, and lyric drama. She is the author of Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (Palm Press, 2009) and a chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles (Palm Press, 2005).

Cosmology: Recent Results and Future Prospects

Matias Zaldarriaga, Professor, School of Natural Sciences
Institute for Advanced Study
September 24, 2010

In this talk, Professor Matias Zaldarriaga discusses the development of the modern study of cosmology, beginning with the discovery of the expansion of the Universe by Edwin Hubble, through current efforts to map the cosmic microwave background, test ideas about the initial conditions of the Universe, and explain the accelerated expansion of the Universe.

Conspiracy Theories in Medicine

Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor, School of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study
September 25, 2010

This lecture was part of the Institute for Advanced Study’s celebration of its eightieth anniversary, and took place during the events related to the Schools and Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Reductions Between Expansion Problems

Madhur Tulsiani
Institute for Advanced Study
May 18, 2010

The small-set expansion conjecture introduced by Raghavendra and Steuerer is a natural hardness assumption concerning the problem of approximating edge expansion of small sets (of size $\delta n$) in graphs. It was shown to be intimately connected to the well-known Unique Games Conjecture.

Pursuing this line of research further, we obtain the following results: