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Mathematics for Human Flourishing


Francis Su, Ph.D., 
Department of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College

Abstract: Why does the practice of mathematics often fall short of our ideals and hopes? How can deeply human themes motivate our students to do and study mathematics? I have been advancing the message that mathematics help people flourish, no matter what they choose to do with their lives or careers. I will explain why I believe this is an important message, especially for educators, and describe some of the reactions I've received. 

About the J.C. Eaves Speakers Series 

The J.C. Eaves Lecture is supported by the Dr. J.C. Eaves Undergraduate Excellence Fund in Mathematics. 

The J.C. Eaves Undergraduate Excellence Fund brings speakers to campus to participate in the undergraduate mathematics program. The Fund is supported by a generous gift from James C. Eaves, Jr. and Mary Eaves, the son and daughter-in-law of J.C. Eaves. J.C. Eaves was a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at the University of Kentucky and served as Chair of the Department from 1953 to 1963.