I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. – Toni Morrison
Mathematics is not practiced in a vacuum. It is performed by human beings with human ambitions and human emotions. Untangling the study of mathematics from this reality is a harmful myth, not only as a stumbling block to progress within mathematics but also in regards to equitable access to all interested in the subject.
It the obligation of working mathematicians to engage with society and apply their knowledge for the advancement and well being of others, rather than hide in an ivory tower.
Below you will find selected writings and presentations meant to help bridge this gap. The Letter to the Editor was published in the August 2020 Notices. The Eternal Art of Mathematics was published in The Science Cafe.
Below are presentations given in the same sense as the articles above, one for Science on Tap in Indianapolis and another for the Universidad de Santander in Colombia.