Lecture Series by Phillip Griffiths - Spring 2022

Department of Mathematics
University of Miami
College of Arts and Sciences

Lecture Series
Spring Semester 2022

Limits in Hodge Theory

presented by

Professor Phillip Griffiths

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Scholar
University of Miami

Ungar Building, Room 528-B (limited seating)
also online via Zoom

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Abstract: Almost all of the deep results in Hodge theory and its applications to algebraic geometry require understanding the limits of a family of Hodge structures. In the literature the proofs of these results frequently use the consequences of the analysis of the singularities acquired in a degenerating family of Hodge structures; that analysis itself is treated as a "black box". In these lectures an attempt will be made to give an informal introduction to the subject of limits of Hodge structures and to explain some of the essential ideas of the proofs.

One additional topic not yet in the literature that we will mention is the geometric interpretation of the extension data in limiting mixed Hodge structures and its use in moduli questions.

Previous and current lecture notes can be found at www.math.miami.edu/~pg

Some Information:

Phillip Griffiths
Member of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Phillip Griffiths is a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Scholar in Mathematics. He received his B.S. from Wake Forest University in 1959 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1962. He served as the Institute for Advanced Study as Director from 1991until 2003, as Professor of Mathematics from 2004 until 2009, and as Professor Emeritus since 2009. He has served as the Chair of its Science Initiative Group since 1999. He was Provost and James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics at Duke University from 1983 to 1991. He has also served on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley, Princeton University and Harvard University.

Dr. Griffiths is one of the world’s foremost experts in algebraic geometry and was inducted into the National Academy of Science in 1979 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995. Among his many honors, Dr. Griffiths is the recipient of the Chern Medal from the International Mathematical Union (2014), the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the American Mathematical Society (2014), the Brouwer Prize from the Royal Dutch Mathematical Society (2008) and the Wolf Foundation Prize in Mathematics (2008). He was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow from 1980 until 1982.

Dr. Griffiths has served on many important advisory boards and committees throughout his career including the Board of Trustees for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (2008-2013; Chair 2010-2013), the Board of Directors of Banker’s Trust New York (1994-1999), the Board of Directors of Oppenheimer Funds (1999-2013), the Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education (Chair 2007-2009), and the Scientific Committee of the Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research (2010-2013). From 2002 to 2005 he was the Distinguished Presidential Fellow for International Affairs for the US National Academy of Sciences and from 2001 to 2010 Senior Advisor to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.