Associated with the "Friends Lecture" is the annual

**Paul Halmos, Indiana University,**2:30 - "Can You Beat The Odds?"; 6:30 - "What to do 'till the Computer Scientist Gets Away," April 28, 1983.**Ivan Niven, University of Oregon,**2:30 - "Surprising Results in Elementary Mathematics"; 6:30 - "Some Observations on Mathematics and Mathematicians," April 12, 1984.**Peter Hilton, State University of New York at Binghampton,**2:30 - "Folding Regular Polygons and Doing Number Theory"; 6:30 - "Reminiscences of a Cryptographer in the Second World War," April 16,1985.**Henry Pollak, Assistant Vice President for Mathematical Communications and Computer Science Research, Bell Communications Research, Inc.,**2:30 - "The Loop-Switching Addressing Problem or How to Embed an Arbitrary Graph in a Squashed Cube"; 6:30 - "When to call a Mathematician," May 6, 1986.**Lynn Arthur Steen, St. Olaf College,**2:30 - "Mathematics in the Year 2000"; 6:30 - "Smokestack Classrooms," April 23, 1987.**Raoul Bott, Harvard University,**2:30 - "On the Points of Infinity"; 6:30 - "In the Revolving Door," April 19, 1988.**Ronald Graham, Bell Labs,**2:30 - "The Combinatorics of Universal Algebra"; 6:30 - "Mathematical Models & Scientific Computing," April 26, 1990.**Garrett Birkhoff, Harvard University,**2:30 - "Lattice Theory & Universal Algebra"; 6:30 - "Mathematical Models & Scientific Computing," April 26, 1990.**Charles Curtis, University of Oregon,**2:30 - "Representations of Finite Groups: Past & Present"; 6:30 - "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics," April 25, 1991.**Robert Fefferman, University of Chicago,**2:30 - "Singular Integrals & Their Applications in Analysis"; 6:30 - "Some Personal Opinions on Mathematics & Mathematics Education in the U.S. Today," April 23, 1992.**Irving Kaplansky, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley,**2:30 - "What's New in Mathematics?"; 6:30 - "Mathematics Research Institutes - Good, Bad, or Somewhere in Between?," April 20, 1993.**Persi Diaconis, Harvard University,**2:30 - "Patterns in Eigenvalues"; 6:30 - "On Coincidences," April 21, 1994.**Andrew Gleason, Harvard University,**2:30 - "Confidence in Mathematics? The Advent of Statistical Reasoning"; 6:30 - "Cryptography, Old & New," April 25, 1995.**Richard Kadison, University of Pennsylvania,**2:30 - "Finite Matrices and Beyond"; 6:30 - "Reflections of a Mathematics Teacher," April 30, 1996.**Kenneth Ross, University of Oregon,**2:30 - "The Mathematics of Card Shuffling"; 6:30 - "Factorization in L1 and Other Places," April 17, 1997.**Bernd Sturmfels, University of California at Berkeley,**2:30 - "Polynomial Equations and Convex Polytopes"; 6:30 - "Counting Coins and Related Problems," April 21, 1998.**Karen Smith, University of Michigan,**2:30 - "A Personal Journey Towards Mathematics"; 6:30 - "Reflections on Being a Woman Mathematician," April 29, 1999.**Richard Beals, Yale University,**2:30 - "Life on the Heisenberg Group"; 6:30 - "The Reasonable Ineffectiveness of Mathematicians," April 26, 2000.**Robion Kirby, University of California at Berkeley,**2:30 - "The Arf Invariant in Manifold Topology"; 6:30 - "Mathematical Culture," April 26, 2001.**Cameron Gordon, University of Texas at Austin,**2:30 - "The Classification of Knots"; 6:30 - "The Poincare Conjecture: A Million Dollar Math Problem," April 25, 2002.**David Hoffman, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute,**2:30 - "The Geometry of Minimal Surfaces"; 6:30 - "Mathematical Images and the Image of Mathematics," May 1, 2003.**David Eisenbud, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute,**2:30 - "Free Resolutions: What, Why, How?"; 6:30 - "Reflections on Mathematical Parenting," April 22, 2004.**Tom Mrowka, MIT,**2:30 - "Progress and Prospects in Floer Homology for Three Manifolds"; 6:30 - "Knots and DNA," April 26, 2005.**Colin Adams, Williams College,**2:30 - "A Pictorial Introduction to Hyperbolic 3-Manifolds"; 6:30 - "Blown Away: What Knot To Do When Sailing," April 25, 2006.**Ron Douglas, Texas A&M University,**2:30 - Operator Theory and Complex Geometry; 6:30 - "Some Mathematical Vignettes," April 26, 2007.**Steven Krantz, The American Institute of Mathematics and Washington University,**2:30 - A Matter of Gravity; 6:30 - "Abstract Thoughts on Concrete Mathematics," April 29, 2008.**Dror Bar-Natan, University of Toronto,**2:30 - (u, v, and w knots) x (topology, combinatorics, low algebra, and high algebra); 6:30 - "The Hardest Math I've Ever Really Used," Apri l7, 2009.**Frank Sottile, Texas A&M University,**2:30 - "Orbitopes"; 6:30 - "An Experimental Road to Mathematical Truth," April 27, 2010.**Chandler Davis, University of Toronto,**2:30 - Some Forgotten Matrix Theorems; 6:30 - "Splashing Down Safely," April 28, 2011.**Edward Frenkel, University of California, Berkeley,**2:30 - "What do Fermat's Last Theorem and Electro-magnetic Duality Have in Common?"; 6:30 - "Mathematics with a Human Face," April 19, 2012.**Erik Demaine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,**2:30 - Algorithms Meet Art, Puzzles, and Magic; 6:30 - "From Transformers to Star Trek Replicators," April 16, 2013.

**Steffen Rohde, University of Washington****,**2:30 - "How to Draw Trees and Why"; 6:30 - "Random Fractals," April 29, 2014

**Jeremy Tyson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,**2:30 - "An Invitation to Analysis in Metric Measure Spaces via Rademacher's Differentiation Theorem"; 6:30 - "Lights Out!" April 14, 2015

**Paul Muhly, University of Iowa,**2:30- From Operator Algebra to Noncommutative Function Theory : Video; 6:30 - "Thoughts on Training Mathematicians," April 14, 2016

**Eugenia Cheng, University of Sheffield and School of the Art Institute of Chicago**, 2:30- How to Bake Pi: Making Mathematics Tasty : Video , 6:30 - "My Life in Graphs" April 13, 2017

**Gary Dickson,**Class of 1976, "An Actuary a Mathematician," April 23, 1987.**Daniel Jones,**Sandia National Laboratories, "Mathematics at Sandia National Laboratories," April 19, 1988.**William J. Spencer,**Xerox Corporation, "Mathematics: A Senior Manager's View," April 27, 1989.**Eugene Hughes,**President, Northern Arizona University, "Mathematics: A University President's View," April 26, 1990.**Donald E. Myers,**University of Arizona, "A Mathematician & Interdisciplinary Research," April 25, 1991.**Judith Brandt Daniels,**Class of 1964, "One Equals Infinity," April 23, 1992.**Marilyn McCord Nelson,**Class of 1961, "B.S. in Mathematics: Passport to Adventure," April 20, 1993.**Garfield Schmidt,**Class of 1960, "Riding the Roller Coaster into the 90's," April 21, 1994.**Ross Freeman,**Class of 1961, "Losing While Winning," April 25, 1995.**Richard Latas,**Class of 1969, "Continuing Education - A Global Twist," April 30, 1996.**Gary Thomas,**Class of 1965, "What I Learned from Mathematics," April 17, 1997.**John C. Nelson,**Class of 1980, "The Simple Things," April 21, 1998.**Bernard McDonald,**Class of 1964, NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences, "Yesterday and Today," April 29, 1999.**Richard Schelp,**University of Memphis, Class of 1970, "A Personal View of Paul ErdAs," April 27, 2000.**Gary Schmidt,**Washburn University, Class of 1973, "Putting Math into Perspective," April 26, 2001.**Wayne O. Evans,**PentaSafe Corporation, Wayne O. Evans Consulting, Inc., Class of 1964, "What I learned at K-State that Helped Me In Industry," April 25, 2002.**Donald Brining,**Class of 1969, County Administrator for Saint Lawrence County in New York, "Getting to the Top is More than Just Being the Best Mathematician," May 1, 2003.**Joyce McLaughlin,**Class of 1961, Ford Foundation Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "Applied Mathematics: A Diverse Life," April 22, 2004.**Judith Penna Henn,**Class of 1967, Collegiate Mathematics Division of Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, "Back When I was in School," April 26, 2005.**Gary Gabrielson,**Class of 1963, Raytheon Corporation, "Travels of a Kansas Farm Boy - With a Mathematicians Eye," April 25, 2006.**John Lewis,**Class of 1966, University of Kentucky, "Mathematics as a Career," April 26, 2007.**Jim Baxter,**Class of 1963, Sutton Homes, owner/operator, "Mathematics: A Great Way to Get Started," April 29, 2008.**Eric Gerelle,**Class of 1975, Director of IBEX Project Services, Geneva, Switzerland, "The Calculus of Development," April 7, 2009.**Evan Stewart,**Class of 1965, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, B/E Aerospace, Inc., "On Being Prepared," April 27, 2010.**Igor Rodnianski,**Class of 1999, Henry Burchard Fine Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, "The Unreasonable Beauty of Mathematics," April 28, 2011.**Chet Wilcox,**Class of 1961, Naval Meterology and Oceanography Command Stennis Space Center, retired, "Wow! My Math Instructors Sent Me On Some Journey!" April 19, 2012.**John Elbl,**Class of 1995, Senior Vice President American Integrity Insurance Company, "My Math Instructors Were Right. Solving Theorems Is The Skill That People Want," April 16, 2013.

**Samuel Musil**, Class of 1965, Shell Oil Company, "What is Truth?" April 29, 2014

**Karl Simecka**, Class of 1961, Department of Defense and co-founded the Indian Chamber of Commerce of Nevada, "Military Operations Analysis Techniques," April 14, 2015

**Gary Bitter,**Class of 1962, Arizona State University, "A Math Career," April 14, 2016

**Larry Nelson**, Class of 1962, Alcatel-Lucent, retired, "Opportunities are as Thick as Prime Numbers!", April 13, 2017