Quebec Group Theory Seminar

The seminar
meets each Wednesday at 3:30pm in 920 Burnside Hall at 805 Sherbrooke West -
McGill University.

**Winter 2003:
**

Jan 22-
Alexander Borovik, (UMIST) *– “Black Box
Groups and the Andrews-Curtis Conjecture”*

Jan 29- Dani Wise – “Sectional Curvature, Compact Cores, and local quasiconvexity”

Feb 5- Olga Khalampovich – *“Reflections
on the subject of algebraic extensions of finitely generated residually free
groups” *

Feb 12- Inna Bumagin – “On the coherence of coherent-by-cyclic groups”

Feb 19-
Dani Wise* - **“Honeycombs
and tori in C(6) 2-complexes”*

Feb 26- study break

Mar 5-
Bogdan Nica *“A guided
tour to Kazhdan’s property-T” *

Mar 12- no seminar

Mar 19- Stuart Margolis (Bar
Ilan) - *"Some Surprising
Undecidable Problems for*

*Finite Groups, Graphs and Other Finite
Structures"**
*

Mar 26- Tim Hsu (San Jose State) - *“Groups with infinitely many types of fixed
subgroups”*

Apr 2 - Tadeusz
Januszkiewicz (Wroclaw) – “*6-systolic
spaces: properties, constructions, applications”*

Apr 9 - Lior Silberman (Princeton) – *“Gromov's Random Groups have Property
(T)”*

*April 15 -
**no seminar*

Apr 23 - Olga
Macedonska (Silesian Univ. of Technology, Gliwice, Poland) *“Locally graded groups and Positive
laws”*

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**Fall 2002:
**

Sept 11- Dani
Wise *“Nonpositive
immersions, Local Indicability, and Coherent Groups”*

Sept 18- Alexei
Myasnikov *“Infinite
Words in Group Theory”*

Oct 2-
Inna Bumagin *“Every
countable group is an outer automorphism group”*

Oct 9- Olga Kharlmapovich *“Infinite
words and equations in groups”*

Oct 30-
Inna Bumagin *“On the
Delzant-Potyagailo hierarchy”*

Nov 6-
Alexei Myasnikov – “*Algebraic
extensions in free groups*”

Nov 13- Steve Boyer (UQAM) - *"On Howie's
proof of the Scott-Wiegold Conjecture"*.

Nov 20- Chris Hruska (U Chicago) - *“Relative
Hyperbolicity and Spaces with Isolated Flats”*

Nov 27- Iosif Polterovich (U Montreal) “*Trees,
groups and**
asymptotic cones*”

Dec 4-
Frederic Haglund (Orsay)
*“Commensurability
of lattices in buildings” *

Recent
activities:

August 4-9, 2002, Mini-course and Workshop
"Elementary theory of free groups and related topics"

May 3-5, 2002, Group
Theory Session in Spring AMS Meeting in Montreal

June-July 2001, Conference on
Low-dimensional Geometry & Geometric Group Theory

March 2001, Solving Equations in
Groups, Alexei Miasnikov (CCNY)

Fall 2001:

Nov 1, 2001 "Andrews-Curtis graphs of groups
and random walks", Alexei Miasnikov (CCNY)

November 26, 2001 "Geometry of Polyhedra", Igor Rivin
(Temple University)

Dec 7, 2001 "On
Groups with Property T", Andrzej Zuk (University of Chicago)

Jan 15, 2002 "Ascending HNN extensions of polycyclic
groups are residually finite",

Tim Hsu (San Jose State)

Nearby activities:

October 12-14, 2001, Albany group theory
conference.