A Conference in honour of John Labute     

Our friend and colleague, John Labute, is retiring in the end of 2007. To mark the occasion, we are organizing a 2-day workshop on subjects of interest to John throughout his career. The conference will take place on Thursday-Friday, November 15-16, 2007. The lectures will be given at McGill university and the CRM (details to follow). It is partially sponsored by McGill university and the CRM. People other than the invited speakers and the usual participants of the QVNTS are invited to contact the organizers of this activity: Eyal Goren and Henri Darmon (the emails are "goren" and "darmon", both  @math.mcgill.ca).

Thursday (Morning at McGill, afternoon at Concordia)

10:00 - 10:40
Jan Minac (Western Ontario)
A Toast to John Labute and Galois Modules
Burnside Hall 920 (McGill)
11:00 - 11:40
Romyar Sharifi (McMaster)
Galois groups of unramified pro-p extensions Burnside Hall 920
11:50 - 12:30
Ravi Ramakrishna (Cornell)
Ranks of new parts of Hecke Algebras Burnside Hall 920
Lunch Break

3:00 - 3:40
Farshid Hajir (U Mass Amherst)
Asymptotically Good Families Library building 921-4
4:00 - 4:40
Lloyd Simons (Saint Michael's College )
Some New Results on the Coates-Sinnott Conjecture
Library building 921-4
5:00 - 5:40
Manfred Kolster (McMaster) Higher relative class number formulas Library building 921-4

Friday (at the CRM)

1:00 - 1:40 Cameron McLeman (Arizona, Tuscon)
The Zassenhaus Filtration of Class Field Tower Groups
Pavillon Andre-Aisenstadt 5340
1:50 - 2:30
Nigel Boston (Wisconsin, Madison)
Random Pro-p Groups and Random Galois Groups
Pavillon Andre-Aisenstadt 5340
2:45 - 3:25
Michael Bush (Smith College) Mild groups in number theory
Pavillon Andre-Aisenstadt 5340
5:00 - 6:00
John Tate (Texas, Austin)
Colloquium Talk.
Symmetries of the field of algebraic  numbers
Pavillon Andre-Aisenstadt 6214
Colloquium reception

Further Information:
Hotel: Hotel rooms were reserved for the invited speakers at the Hotel Meridien.
Getting from the Hotel to McGill: McGill university is on Sherbrooke street (the Math departent is located in Burnside Hall, 845 Sherbrooke Str.), the same street the hotel is on. Standing at the McGill gate, the building is at your 2 o'clock (a tall concrete building). Bus 24 stops in front of the Hotel and in front of the McGill gate (corner of Sherbrooke Str. and McGill College Str.). Alternately, it is 15 minute walk (heading east) on Sherbrooke Str.
Getting from the Hotel to the CRM: One can either take a Metro, or a bus. Both involve some walking after getting off. For a bus, take bus number ??? from the corner of Sherbrooke Str. and Guy Str., heading up the Mountain. Get of at the corner of Cotes des Neiges and Queen Mary. 10 minute walk from there to Pavillon Andre Aisenstadt. The building is at the intersection of Chemin de la Tour and Chemin de Polytechnique. One can also take a Metro. You need to change twice: at Lionel Groulx and at Snowdon. The final station you want is "Univesite de Montreal". When exiting the station take the escalator up the mountain and upon exiting the escalator tunnel walk West on Chemin de la Tour to Pavillon Andre Eisenstadt.
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Photo: courtesy of Payman Kassaei
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