Algebraic Geometry

and its Broader Implications

a celebration of Robin Hartshorne's 80th and the book's 40th birthday

Robin Hartshorne turns 80 on March 15, 2018. Professor Hartshorne has been a leader in algebraic geometry, making important contributions to duality theory, notions of ampleness, and the Hilbert scheme, for which he proved a general connectivity theorem in his 1963 thesis. His special interest in space curves shaped reflexive sheaves and liaison as useful tools and in 1997 he solved Zeuthen's problem, which had stood open for 100 years. Hartshorne's conjectures have stimulated the field and his book Algebraic Geometry (1977) introduced a generation of mathematicians to the subject. With 26 doctoral students and many collaborators, Robin has served as teacher and mentor to mathematicians throughout the world.


March 23 - 25, 2018

University of Illinois at Chicago






Invited speakers:


Marta Casanellas (Barcelona)

David Eisenbud (Berkeley)

Joe Harris (Harvard)

Robin Hartshorne (Berkeley)

Craig Huneke (Virginia)

Arthur Ogus (Berkeley)

Christian Peskine (Jussieu)

Karen Smith (Michigan)


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Limited funding available for young researchers. For full consideration, make sure to apply before January 25, 2018. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.   Partially funded by NSF grant DMS-1446115 and NSF RTG grant DMS-1246844.

Organized by:


Lawrence Ein

Claudia Polini

Kevin Tucker

Bernd Ulrich

Program Information

The lectures at the meeting will be of a general and expository nature.


Schedule: There will be talks Friday, March 23, in the afternoon; all day Saturday, March 24; and in the morning on Sunday, March 25.  Click here for the  schedule, titles, and abstracts of the talks.


Banquet: On Saturday evening March 24 at 7pm, there will be a conference banquet at a restaurant a short walk from UIC (Francesca's on Taylor). The restaurant needs a precise number of people, so if you are interested to attend please take the time this weekend to fill out the form here before Tuesday March 20 to let us know if you (and any guests) will be attending.  There is limited space, so please don't wait!  If you are attending, please bring cash with you to pay at the workshop on Saturday (Graduate Students $25, All others $35).


Funding: Limited funding for graduate students, postdocs, or young researchers was made available, and underrepresented groups were particularly encouraged to apply.  However, the deadline to be considered for funding has passed (January 25).



Travel Information

Getting to UIC: The conference will be held in the UIC Math Department, which is located in the Science and Engineering offices building (SEO, 851 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607).  Signs with instructions on where to go will be throughout in the building, but you can also come to Kevin Tucker's office (SEO 417) looking for more information as well.


  • By car: UIC is easily accessible by car, and is located just off of either the 90/94 or 290 interstates.  If you are coming into UIC, it's best to park at the Halsted Parking Structure at the NE corner of the Taylor and Halsted intersection.


  • By train/bus:  UIC is also close to Chicago's Union Station with convenient Amtrak trains / Megabus routes to many locations in the region.  A cab to UIC from Union Station should cost under $10.  The Greyhound station is also very close by, and an easy walk to UIC.


  • By air: Chicago has two major airports, O'Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW), and it is easy to get to UIC from either one (many travel sites will let you look for both simultaneously using the airport code CHI).


If you are flying into O'Hare, you can take a Blue Line train (costing $5) into the city (towards the loop or Forest Park) which stops right next to the UIC campus (at the UIC/Halsted station).  For reference, a taxi from O'Hare to downtown will cost around $45 before tip (and can be paid with a credit card).


If you are flying into Midway, you can take an Orange Line train (costing $2.50) into the city (towards the loop), which will allow you to transfer to the Blue Line (at the Harold Washington Library station) which stops right next to the UIC campus (at the UIC/Halsted station).  Another good option is to take the Orange Line into the loop (e.g. Harold Washington Library station) and then take a short cab ride to UIC (at most $10).  For reference, a taxi from Midway to downtown will cost around $25 before tip (and can be paid with credit card).


Hotel: Rooms for speakers and funded participants will be reserved at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro hotel, which is withing walking distance of UIC.  While there is no block of rooms reserved for additional participants, the room rates at the hotel are often below the university rate when booking online sufficiently in advance.  Note that parking at the hotel is very expensive, and all participants are suggested to use the UIC Halsted Street Parking Structure next to campus on the corner of Halsted and Taylor streets.