Gordon Lecture Series

Upcoming Events

Here are just a few notable lecturers from past years: 
  • Michael Starbird, mathematician & co-author of “The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking”
  • Michael Nielson, writer, scientist, programmer & author of “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science”
  • Robin J. Wilson, mathematician & former editor-in-chief of the European Mathematical Society Newsletter
About the Series 

The Doris G. Gordon Lecture Series is named in honor of Doris Gilbert Gordon, a high school mathematics teacher and a friend of Denison. Newark attorney L. James Gordon (’50) and his sister, Janet Gordon Forbes (’55), established the Doris G. Gordon fund in memory of their mother who had a great love of mathematics.

Doris Gordon was a long time resident of Granville and wife of Leland J. Gordon who was a Denison professor of economics. Mrs. Gordon earned a B.A. in mathematics from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a high school teacher in Pennsylvania and Ohio, she was an instructor in the V-12 Program at Denison in World War II and was later associated with Owens-Corning in a research capacity. Mrs. Gordon also provided her husband with mathematical and statistical data that he used in numerous textbooks.

Series Archives

2017 - 2018

‘Seven Deadly Sins of Big Data’ (94409)
October 2, 2017

The Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Williams College professor Richard De Veaux presenting "Seven Deadly Sins of Big Data."

2016 - 2017

‘A Surreptitious Sequence: The Catalan Numbers’ (67849)
March 23, 2017

The Gordon Lecture Series presents a discussion about the Catalan numbers.

‘Fluid Adventures: Where Mathematics Meets Art’ (67850)
November 3, 2016

The Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Rachel Levy, associate professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College.

2015 - 2016

‘Policing, Race and the Rule of Law’ (64808)
March 3, 2016

Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Professor & Criminologist Lawrence W. Sherman '70 "Counting what Counts in Justice: Policing, Race and Rule of Law."

The Gordon Lecture Series features David Kung (40446)
October 12, 2015

The Gordon Lecture Series features mathematician, musician and educator David Kung

2014 - 2015

Human-robot interaction in the future (39231)
March 26, 2015

The Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Keith Miller for a lecture, "The Future of Human/Robot Interactions.

Statistical advantage (38066)
November 6, 2014

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science welcomes Richard J. Cleary, professor of statistics and mathematics at Babson College.

2013 - 2014

October 24, 2013

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science welcomes Charles Bennett