# Open Neighborhood Seminar

### Harvard University Math Department

(Roughly) every other Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (We alternate with Math Table.) Talk begins at 4:30, social hour begins at 5:30. You can find the zoom link on the College Calendar, or by subscribing to our mailing list.

## Next talk: February 3

**Speaker:**Melanie Matchett Wood (Harvard)**Title:**Universality in random algebraic structures**Abstract:**We will explore the idea of universality in probability theory, as seen in the central limit theorem, in which wide and varied input distributions can all give identical limiting outputs. We will then explore examples of universality in random algebraic structures, such as random vector spaces over finite fields. We will explain how this is connected to recent research on random integral matrices and distributions of class groups of number fields.

## Past and future talks:

### February 3

**Speaker:**Melanie Matchett Wood (Harvard)**Title:**Universality in random algebraic structures**Abstract:**We will explore the idea of universality in probability theory, as seen in the central limit theorem, in which wide and varied input distributions can all give identical limiting outputs. We will then explore examples of universality in random algebraic structures, such as random vector spaces over finite fields. We will explain how this is connected to recent research on random integral matrices and distributions of class groups of number fields.

### February 17

**Speaker:**Alex Wright (UMichigan)**Title:**TBA**Abstract:**TBA

### March 4

**Speaker:**Jenny Wilson (UMichigan)**Title:**TBA**Abstract:**TBA

### March 17

**Speaker:**Matt Emerton (UChicago)**Title:**TBA**Abstract:**TBA

### April 7

**Speaker:**Jordan Ellenberg (UW Madison)**Title:**TBA**Abstract:**TBA

### April 21

**Speaker:**TBA**Title:**TBA**Abstract:**TBA

**Organizers:**Ana Balibanu (ana@math.harvard.edu) and Elden Elmanto (elmanto@math.harvard.edu).