Midwest Topology Seminar
The Midwest Topology Seminar
has run since the middle 1960's, meeting
Fall, Winter and Spring of most years.
Originating in the desire of topologists
in Chicago in the mid 1960s to meet to discuss
recent developments, it grew into a meeting of
algebraic and geometric topologists from the whole great lakes,
upper midwest, region, regularly drawing participants from
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ontario, Ohio,
Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas.
Speakers are drawn from around the world, though,
naturally, the majority come from the region.
It is an especially useful way for students to make
Fall 2016 Midwest Topology Seminar
will be held on September 17-18, 2016, at
The speakers are
John Francis, Jennifer Wilson, Ralph Kaufmann, Paul Goerss, Clark Barwick,
Sarah Yeakel, and Chris Schommer-Pries.
Winter 2017 Midwest Topology Seminar
will be held at the
University of Notre Dame.
Details will be forthcoming.
The Spring 2017 Midwest Topology Seminar will be held at the
University of Chicago in
conjunction with the Namboodiri Lectures, which will be given by Mike Hill.
Details will be forthcoming.
Archive of past meetings :
This is a list of meetings of the MTS whose schedules were
available in electronic form.
Lists of meetings:
Here are some sources for information about conferences in the field.
Midwest Topology Seminar Mailing List:
MWTOPSEM is a mailing list which will keep you informed about
upcoming Midwest Topology Seminars.
These are the home institutions of the regular participants in the Seminar.
send an email message to
containing the message
subscribe MWTOPSEM 'first_name last_name'
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Still to come
This page is primarily
intended as an easy way for people
to find the date, location and schedule of the next meeting,
but it also serves to
preserve some of the history as well.
If you have suggestions, or things to contribute, please contact
Other things which might go here are:
- An archive of past meetings.
I have what can be gleaned from Larry Taylor's MWTOPSEM archive, but
that only goes back to 1994.
It would be nice to get copies of the schedule of talks from early
meetings. If you have such, I can scan them if they are in good condition, or
find someone to transcribe them, if not.
- Something about the history of the Midwest Topology Seminar, as it
is a rather unique non-institution.
- Directions to the meeting sites. (After a few rounds this ought
to be pretty complete, and serve as an easy way to find directions to
any department in the midwest with algebraic topologists in it.)
- Pointers to other algebraic topology web pages.