2022 Featured Speakers

Francis Su

“Points of View: Opportunities for Joy and Wonder"”

Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of MathematicFrancis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and a past president of the Mathematical Association of America. In 2013, he received the Haimo Award, a nationwide teaching prize for college math faculty, and in 2018 he won the Halmos-Ford writing award. His work has been featured in Quanta Magazine, Wired, and The New York Times. His book Mathematics for Human Flourishing, winner of the 2021 Euler Book Prize, is an inclusive vision of what math is, who it's for, and why anyone should learn it.

José Vilson

"Equity, Justice, and Humanity in the Math Classroom"

José Vilson is a New York City public middle school teacher in Washington Heights, NYC. He is the author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education. has spoken about education, math, and race for a number of organizations and publications, including the New York Times, The Guardian, TED, El Diario / La Prensa and The Atlantic. He's a National Board Certified teacher, a Math for America Master Teacher, and the executive director of EduColor, an organization dedicated to race and social justice issues in education. 

Maria Hernandez 

"The Role of Mathematical Modeling in Mathematics Education: Where We've Been. Where Are We Going?"

 With over 30 year of teaching experience, Maria has developed curricula for high school students in various mathematics courses. She has lead teacher collaborations via distance learning and has taught workshops for courses ranging from Algebra I to AP Calculus, Complex Systems and Mathematical Modeling. The bulk of her teaching career was at the NC School of Science and Mathematics. Maria’s focus is using mathematical modeling, discovery-based activities, technology and real-world problems to amplify the student voice and to engage students as active learners in the mathematics classroom. Her goals include encouraging and supporting underrepresented students in STEM education. Maria has served on The National Commission for Mathematics Education, and she currently serves on The NCTM/SIAM/COMAP Joint Committee on Modeling Across the Curriculum and The Mathkind Education Advisory Board. Maria received The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (2009), The UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013) and The Beulah Quick Living Legacy Award for ongoing support and mentorship in inclusie math teaching practices (2021). She currently works as a Mathematics Consultant for The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (CoMAP).

Roderick Russell

 "Magic and Merriment" 

Roderick Russell  One of only 50 living sword swallowers in the entire world, Roderick Russell has been described as strangely sophisticated,  successfully blending suggestion and psychology with his own personal mind-over-body techniques to present a show that  bravely pushes the limits of the possible - both physically and mentally. Presenting the most dangerous and bizarre feats with  wit, charm and style, Roderick also deftly navigates deep into the minds of the audience to create the most personal and  profound type of theater experience. Call him a sword swallower. Call him a mentalist.