About the Series
All children deserve to see themselves as mathematicians. The Interview Series will be released Friday of each week. It will highlight mathematicians, math teachers, math promoters, and even some unexpected careers that use math in everyday life. These JRMF exclusive interviews will allow you to learn more about some of the individuals in our field.
Coming Soon: Dr. Talitha Washington
Dr. Talitha M. Washington is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University in Washington, DC, and is currently on detail as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation. As a mathematical scholar, she educates and stewards students, faculty, and the larger community to impact the grand challenges of our world. Dr. Washington completed her undergraduate studies in mathematics at Spelman College and studied abroad at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. Her expertise on applied mathematics as well as STEM diversity to a wide range of audiences. Her work on Dr. Elbert Frank Cox, the first Black in the world to earn a PhD in mathematics, has been shared on radio and television stations, as well as in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.
At one point, a different American brought up the American civil war, and said―angrily―that the pro-black-slavery Confederacy had the right to secede from the United States. I objected as politely as I could. The American exploded, at the end of the conference firing off a chain of expletives in front of the 80-person audience. The head of the Counterterrorism Research Lab blamed me for the man’s outburst, and the job we had been discussing disappeared.
In reality, black mathematicians face career-retarding racism which white Fields medalists never encounter.
- The kind of problems black mathematicians wish didn’t need solving
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival stands in solidarity with those seeking justice. Therefore, we condemn the gross injustices that our society has committed—and continues to commit—against Black people. Our supporters may find the following perspective by African-American mathematician Jonathan Farley to be of interest.