Curves, abelian varieties and their interactions
on the occasion of the 65th birthday of Roy Smith

March 30 - April 2, 2007

The aim of the conference is to review recent developments on curves, abelian varieties and their interactions, and to encourage new ones.


Arnaud Beauville Nice, France Algebraic cycles on Jacobian varieties
Michel Brion Grenoble, France Actions of non-affine algebraic groups
Lucia Caporaso University of Rome-3, Italy Abel maps and theta divisors for stable curves
Sebastian Casalaina-Martin Harvard University Prym varieties and the Schottky problem for cubic threefolds
Herb Clemens Ohio State Making the Hodge problem "more geometric"
Phillip A. Griffiths Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Degeneration of Abel Jacobi mappings and Neron models for intermediate jacobians
Samuel Grushevsky Princeton University Intersection numbers of divisors on the moduli space of abelian varieties
Matt Kerr University of Chicago Algebraic K-theory of toric hypersurfaces
Igor KricheverColumbia University Integrable linear equations of the soliton theory and Riemann-Schottky type problems
Herbert Lange Erlangen, Germany Polarizations of Prym varieties via abelianization
David LehaviUniversity of Michigan There are no projective surfaces in M4
Alina MarianYale University The level-rank duality for nonabelian theta functions
Martin Olsson University of California, Berkeley A higher dimensional version of generalized elliptic curves
Giuseppe Pareschi University of Rome-2, Italy Generic vanishing and Fourier-Mukai transforms
Gregory Pearlstein Michigan State University On the zero locus of a normal function
Ravi Vakil Stanford University Murphy's Law in algebraic geometry: Badly-behaved moduli spaces
Alessandro Verra University of Rome-3, Italy On the Prym moduli spaces of curves in low genus
Ilia Zharkov Harvard University Tropical curves and their Jacobians


The talks will begin in the morning on Friday, March 30, and end on Monday, April 2. The suggested arrival day is Thursday, March 29, and departure Tuesday, April 3.

All talks will take place in the Boyd Graduate Building (the same building as Science Library), in room 328.

Friday 3/30 Saturday 3/31 Sunday 4/1 Monday 4/2
9:00-10:00 Krichever Griffiths Beauville Lehavi
10:00-10:30 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
10:30-11:30 Pareschi Caporaso Casalaina-Martin Marian
11:40-12:40Olsson Zharkov Verra Clemens
12:40-2:30 Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break Hike in
2:30-3:30 Kerr Brion Lange
3:30-4:00 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
4:00-5:00 Grushevsky Vakil Pearlstein
5:30 Reception at
GA Museum of Art
Conference dinner
at Five & Ten

Practical Information

Click here for the information about travel, hotel and the city of Athens.

Support for graduate students and postdocs

Support was available for graduate students and recent PhDs; the deadline for application has now passed.

For any questions, please contact the organizers, Valery Alexeev and Elham Izadi, by emailing us at

Supported by the NSF and UGA: President's Venture Fund, Department of Mathematics, Office of VP for Research, and Graduate School.