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Professor Tanton writes on a whiteboard ising a green marker.

How Round is a Cube? A Sideways Interpretation of Euler’s Famous Polyhedron Formula

with James Tanton
Online
Thursday, February 25, 2021 • Thursday, March 4, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are not yet open.

The Earth seems flat for us living on it, at least locally. And the Earth would seem very flat for most people living on it if it were the shape of a cube—only those living on the cube’s edge might suspect something strange is going on. What is the “degree” of that strangeness? Can we measure it? Could we get a measure of the overall “non-flatness” of a cube from what these folks have to say? Let’s explore these peculiar, amorphous questions and whether they lead us to conclude that a cube is, actually, just as round (aka “equally flat”) as a sphere. 

This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Dr. James Tanton earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University. He is an author, a consultant, and ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America, chair of the Advisory Council for the National Museum of Mathematics, and a founder of the Global Math Project, an initiative to transform the entire world’s perception of what mathematics can, and should, be. James has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions. He advises on curriculum, consults with teachers, and gives demonstration classes, lectures, and professional development sessions across the globe. He is also a recipient of a Joint Policy Board for Mathematics communication award.

Portrait of Steven Guarnaccia with fancy designs drawn on his face

Visual Narrative

with Steven Guarnaccia
Online
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 • Wednesday, March 3, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications and nominations are not yet open.

In this master class we’ll explore strategies, both contemporary and historical, used in the creation of visual narratives, whether in a children’s book, an animation, a comic, a zine, and so on. We’ll consider narratives told with images alone or with images presented in list form or as pages in a sketchbook, as well as narratives that include 3-dimensional elements and that alter the conventional orientation of the page. We’ll also look at narratives that use one or more of these strategies in order to provide an idea of how visual narratives have been made, and to offer a sense of the possibilities available.

This is a two-session master class. In the first session, teachers learn from the master. In the second, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Steven Guarnaccia, illustrator and designer, is associate professor of illustration at Parsons School of Design. He was previously the art director of the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and during his 40-year career, has worked for many publications, including Abitare, Rolling Stone, and Domus. He is the author of books on popular culture and design, including Black and White, a book on the absence of color, and has received awards from the AIGA, the Art Directors Club, and the Bologna Book Fair. His children’s books include The Three Bears: A Tale Moderne, The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale, and Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale.

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