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The 37th Advanced School in Theoretical Physics

Event date: December 28, 2019 - January 8, 2020 

Organizers:

David Gross (UCSB, KITP)
Nima Arkani-Hamed (The Institute for Advanced Study)
Yonit Hochberg (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Eric Kuflik (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

 

The field of particle physics is entering an exciting new era. While the need for new physics beyond the Standard Model is still compelling, the lack of observation of such signals challenges our preconceived notions of what the new physics should look like. It is time for fresh approaches to the longstanding puzzles of the field. A wide array of tools from a broad perspective must be used so that new physics is indeed properly searched for and eventually discovered. These new developments will be the focus of the school, whose series of lectures will start from basics and reach the cutting edge of issues and results. Topics will include: new ideas for dark matter theory and experiment, new solutions to the weak scale, precision measurements for fundamental physics, machine learning, advances in cosmology, and future tests of the Standard Model.

 

Speakers:

Nima Arkani-Hamed, The Institute for Advanced Study

Dmitry Budker, University of California Berkeley / Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Timothy Cohen, University of Oregon

Rouven Essig, Stony Brook University

Yuval Grossman, Cornell University

Jared Kaplan, Johns Hopkins University

Matthew McCullough, CERN / University of Cambridge

Joshua Ruderman, New York University

 

 

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The 4th Advanced School in the Humanities

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Textual practices across manuscript and early print, ca 1400-1700
Event date: January 13 - January 17, 2019 

Organizers:
Ann Blair (Harvard University)
Dror Wahrman (The Hebrew University)
Ray Schrire (The Hebrew University)

General Director: Anthony Grafton (Princeton University)

 

This five-day winterschool at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies brings together specialists of books in Hebrew and European languages from the late medieval and early modern periods. We will study textual practices through the lifecycle of the various physical objects we call books for convenience (though they may take other forms than the codex that we associate with books today). In particular we will examine how texts were composed and scribed, prepared for publication and distributed (in manuscript or in print), and read and annotated. By focusing on materiality and practice we wish to explore points of contact and difference between traditions and cultures that are often studied as separate. We are eager to learn from one another and from the students who join us across our various areas of specialization which include learned cultures in Latin and Hebrew, various vernacular European literatures and cultures, and Jewish books of the medieval and early modern periods, in manuscript and print. We are planning five full days of activities in different formats including visits to special collections in nearby libraries, lectures, hands-on workshops and roundtables, and above all both moderated and informal discussions of many kinds, including of pre-circulated materials which everyone will read in advance.

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The 3rd Winter School in Computer Science and Engineering

 

BLockchains33 The 3rd Winter School in Computer Science and Engineering on Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies

Event date: December 16-20, 2018

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General Director:

Michael Rabin (The Hebrew Univeristy of Jerusalem)

 

Director:

Maurice Herlihy (Brown University)

Co-Director:

Moshe Vardi (Rice University)

 

 

Blockchain technology promises to revolutionize how modern society deals with trust. Although cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin dominate the media, the long-term impact of blockchain technology on society will extend far beyond today's news cycles, transforming areas ranging from identity management, to non-currency financial instruments, supply chains and logistics, IOT security, and more.

 

The IIAS Winter School on Blockchains and cryptocurrencies brings together leading researchers in the field to cover the mathematical and algorithmic foundations of the field, as well as more practical engineering issues, with the goal of understanding both the opportunities and the hazards emerging from this area.

 

Speakers:

Maurice Herlihy (Brown University)

Emin Gun Sirer (Cornell University)

Aviv Zohar (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Ittai Abraham (VMWare)

 

 

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The 22nd Midrasha Mathematicae 2018-2019

 

The 22nd Midrasha Mathematicae

Equidistribution, Invariant Measures and Applications: A tribute to the Legacy of Marina Ratner

Event date: May 19 - May 24, 2019 

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Organizers:

General Director:  Peter Sarnak (IAS Princeton)

 

Co-Directors:

Konstantin Khanin (University of Toronto)

Elon Lindenstrauss (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Jens Marklof (University of Bristol)

Yakov Pesin (Penn State University)

 

Marina Ratner's work on homogeneous dynamics, specifically her landmark results on classifying invariant measures and invariant sets under the action of unipotent groups, are a cornerstone of modern ergodic theory. They have had remarkable impact in various branches of mathematics, which is only growing over time. The Midrasha will be devoted to recent developments that build on and extend Ratner’s seminal work, including: unipotent flows and their applications to counting and equidistribution; diagonal flows on homogenous spaces, and their applications in arithmetic and beyond; measure and orbit classification results for dynamics on moduli spaces of abelian and quadratic differentials; stationary measures and associated random walks in the homogeneous and non-homogeneous spaces. This Midrasha will provide a unique opportunity to remember Marina Ratner (1938–2017) and to celebrate her legacy.

 

We would like to thank The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Prof. Misha Brin, the Einstein Institute of Mathematics of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for funding the school, and the NSF for their assistance with travel expenses for US participants.

 

Minicourses Lecturers:

Hee Oh, Yale University

Barak Weiss,Tel Aviv University

 

Lecturers:

Yves Benoist, Univerisé Paris-Sud

Aaron Brown, University of Chicago

Dmitry Dolgopyat, University of Maryland

Manfred Einsiedler, ETH Zürich

Alex Eskin, The University of Chicago

David Fisher, Indiana Universityy Bloomington

Hillel Furstenberg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Adam Kanigowski, University of Maryland

Ilya Khayutin, Princeton University

Amos Nevo, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Federico Rodriguez Hertz, Penn State University

Nimish Shah, Ohio State University

Uri Shapira, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Andreas Strömbergsson, Uppsala University

Jacob Tsimerman, University of Toronto

Corinna Ulcigrai, University of Bristol

Tamar Ziegler, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

 

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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

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Northwestern University

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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern (Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2001, Ph.D. Moscow University, 1988) is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Jewish History in History Department at Northwestern University. He teaches a variety of courses that include early modern and modern Jewish History; Jews in Poland and Russia; Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah; history and culture of Ukraine; and Slavic-Jewish Literatures. 

His research was supported by the DAAD Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, Fulbright, Davis Center at Harvard, Kosciuszko Foundation, the Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, the Lady Davis Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. For his teaching, Petrovsky-Shtern won a Northwestern University Distinguished Teaching Award.

He has been a visiting professor at the universities in Toronto, Paris, Kyiv, Lviv, Warsaw, Krakow, Munich, and Jerusalem. 

For his expertise, Petrovsky-Shtern has been appointed a Fulbright Specialist on Eastern Europe; a Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; a Visiting Professor at the Free Ukrainian University in Munich, and an honorary doctor of the National University Kyiv Mohyla academy in Kyiv.

He has published more than a hundred articles and six books, including most recently The Golden-Age Shtetl: a New History of Jewish Life in East Europe that appeared in paperback with Princeton University Press, 2015.

He appeared with commentaries on the situation in Ukraine at Chicago Public Radio, Associated Press Radio, National Public Radio, and also on TV at ZiK, Al Jazeera, WTTW and CBS. 

In addition to his teaching and research, he is also an amateur artist whose conceptualist figurative artwork appeared in several museums including Spertus Museum Gallery in Chicago and Ukrainian Museum in New York.

At present YPS is working together with Dean Phillip Bell on a documentary history The Jews in the Early Modern World, 1450-1750 (Oxford University Press).

 

 

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Svetlana Natkovich

Svetlana Natkovich

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University of Haifa
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Svetlana Natkovich works in the Department of Jewish History at the Haifa University. Among her interests questions of Jewish modernization in the Eastern Europe, history of the early Zionism, questions of intersection between history and literature, and the history of Jewish literatures.

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Alexis Hofmeister

Alexis Hofmeister

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University of Basel

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Alexis Hofmeister studied East European History as well as Jewish Studies at the University of Cologne and the University College London (Dept. of Hebrew and Jewish Studies). In his PhD he dealt with Jewish sociability in the port-city of Odessa around 1900. The resulting study about Self-Organisation and Bourgeois Ideals. Jewish Sociability in Odessa around 1900 was printed in 2007 in German. Since 2013 he coordinates the research project »Imperial Subjects. Autobiographical Practices und Historical Change in the Romanov, Habsburg and Ottoman Empire (late 19th–early 20th century)« at the Department of History of Basel University. He writes a comparative study of Jewish autobiography in Eastern Europe.

 

Read more about Dr. Hofmeister here.

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