Gordon Lecture

Upcoming Events

Here are just a few notable speakers 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

2021 - 2022

'Text Analysis: Torturing the data until they confess?' (143796)

The Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Chair Emeritus, NCR Chair in Computer Science and Engineering, at the University of South Carolina Duncan A. Buell.

2019 - 2020

The Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Amelia Taylor, presenting "Data Did That!"

2018 - 2019

‘Data Science: Opportunities and Challenges’ (125972)

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Alfred Spector presents a lecture "Data Science: Opportunities and Challenges"

‘Does Your Vote Count?’ (127262)

The Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Deanna Haunsperger presenting "Does Your Vote Count?"

2017 - 2018

Mathemagician Art Benjamin (103353)

The Gordon Lecture Series welcomes "America's Best Math Whiz" Art Benjamin presenting "Mathemagics."

‘Seven Deadly Sins of Big Data’ (94409)

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)

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

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

2015 - 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 mathematician, musician and educator David Kung

2014 - 2015

Human-robot interaction in the future (39231)

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

Statistical advantage (38066)

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

2013 - 2014

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science welcomes Charles Bennett