An endowed lecture series established by the late Professor Emeritus Harry S. Kieval to bring important and renowned speakers to the Humboldt State University campus to deliver a lecture on some popular and/or broad aspect of mathematics which would be attractive to undergraduates and to the public. The lectures are held once each fall and spring.

Fall 2014 Kieval Lecture


Tim Chartier, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
Davidson College,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
7:30 P.M.
Founders Hall Room 118


In Mime-matics, Tim Chartier explores mathematical ideas through the art of mime. Whether creating an illusion of an invisible wall, wearing a mask covered with geometric shapes or pulling on an invisible rope, Dr. Chartier delves into mathematical concepts such as estimation, tiling, and infinity. Through Mime-matics, audiences encounter math through the entertaining style of a performing artist who have performed at local, national and international settings.

This presentation is for general audiences and has several forms. For instance, the abstract above is for the solo show and the poster to the left includes Tanya Chartier. The presentation has been performed for lower elementary through college and retirement homes. It is often performed at colleges for students, faculty and the surrounding community.

Tim Chartier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. In 2014, he was named the inaugural Mathematical Association of America’s Math Ambassador. He is a recipient of a national teaching award from the Mathematical Association of America.


This is a link to the HSU library video records of the Kieval Lectures.
(In the box marked "Search for:" , type "Kieval")

Previous lecturers in this series have included:

  • Alan Schoenfeld Fall 2013 (University of California at Berkeley)
  • Abigail Thompson Spring 2013 (University of California at Davis)
  • Robert Bryant Fall 2012 (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI))
  • William G. McCallum (details) Spring 2012 (University of Arizona)
  • Kenneth Ribet (details) Fall 2011 (University of California at Berkeley)
  • David Pengelley (details) Spring 2011 (New Mexico State University)
  • Alice Silverberg (details) Fall 2010 (University of California at Irvine)
  • Robert J. Lang (details) Spring 2010
  • Ken Golden, (details)Fall 2009 (University of Utah)
  • Tony DeRose, (details)Spring 2009 (Pixar Studios)
  • Underwood Dudley, (details) Fall 2008 (DePauw University)
  • Don Albers, (details) Spring 2008 (Mathematical Association of America Books)
  • C. Edward Sandifer, (details) Fall 2007 (Western Connecticut State University)
  • Melanie Wood, (details), Spring 2007 (Princeton University)
  • Jerald Marsden, ( ), Fall 2006 (California Institute of Technology)
  • Deborah Ball, (details) , Spring 2006 (University of Michigan)
  • Majorie Senechal, (details), Fall 2005 (Smith College)
  • Joe Gallian, (details), Spring 2005 (University of Minnesota Duluth)
  • Jennifer Quinn, (details), Fall 2004 (Occidental College)
  • John Conway, (details), Spring 2004 (Princeton University)
  • Persi Diaconis (details), Fall 2003, (Stanford University)
  • Hyman Bass (details) ,Spring 2003 (U. of Michigan)
  • Ann E.Watkins  (details),Fall, 2002(CSU Northridge)
  • Ed Burger  (details), Spring, 2002 (Williams  College)
  • Michael E. Moody  (details ) Fall, 2001 (Harvey Mudd College)
  • Richard Tapia (details) Spring, 2001 ( Rice University)
  • Noam D. Elkies (details) Fall, 2000 (Harvard University)
  • Victor Katz (details) Spring, 2000 (University of the District of Columbia)
  • Arthur Benjamin (details) Fall, 1999 (Harvey Mudd College)
  • Thomas Banchoff (details)Spring, 1999 (Brown University)
  • Frank Giordano (details)  Fall, 1998 (COMAP)
  • Robert L. Devaney (Details) Spring, 1998 (Boston University)
  • Sherman Stein Fall, 1997 (UC Davis)
  • Ron Graham (Details ) Spring, 1997
  • David Hoffman Fall, 1996 (MSRI, Berkeley)
  • Doris Schattschneider Spring, 1996 (Moravian College)
  • Herbert Keller Fall, 1995 (Cal. Inst. of Technology)
  • Keith J. Devlin Spring, 1995 (Saint Mary's College)
  • Deb Hughes Hallett (Harvard) and Jerry Uhl  (U of Ill.) Fall, 1994
  • Gil Strang Spring, 1994 (MIT)
  • Carlos Castillo-Chavez Fall, 1993 (Cornell)
  • Judith Grabiner Spring, 1993 (Pitzer College).
  • Judith Tanur Fall, 1992 (SUNY, Stony Brook)
  • Margaret Cozzins Spring, 1992 (Northeastern U.)
  • Saunders MacLane Fall, 1991 (Univ. of Chicago)
  • Branko Grunbaum Spring, 1991 (Univ. of Washington)
  • Robert Moses Fall, 1990
  • George Dantzig Spring, 1990 (Stanford Univ.) 
  • Reuben Hersh Fall, 1989 (Univ. of NM)
  • Ralph Boas Spring, 1989 (Northwestern Univ.)
  • Leon Henkin Fall, 1988 (U.C., Berk.)
  • Mary Ellen Rudin Spring, 1988(Univ. of Wisconsin)
  • Constance Reid Fall, 1987
  • Kenneth Arrow Spring, 1987 (Stanford Univ.)
  • Peter Hilton Fall, 1986 (SUNY, Binghamton)
  • Gerard Debreu Spring, 1986 (U.C.,Berk.)
  • Raymond Smullyan Fall, 1985 (Ind. U.)
  • Paul Halmos Spring, 1985 (Univ.of Santa Clara)
  • Richard Hamming Winter, 1985 (Naval Postgrad.)
  • Victor Klee Spring, 1984 (Univ. of Washington)
  • Ivan Niven Fall, 1983 (Univ. of Oregon)
  • Ronald Graham Spring, 1983 (Bell Labs)