The talks are SCEN 408 on the University of Arkansas campus. Abstracts are below.

Time | Speaker | Talk |
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9:00 − 10:00 | Thomas Church | A survey of representation stability |

10:15 − 11:15 | Matthew Durham | Convex cocompactness and stability in mapping class groups |

11:30 − 12:30 | Pengcheng Xu | P−moves between pants block decompositions of 3−manifolds |

2:30 − 3:30 | Matt Day | On the second homology group of the Torelli subgroup of Aut(F)_{n} |

3:45 − 4:45 | Robert Tang | Shadows of Teichmueller discs in the curve complex |

**Abstracts:**

- Thomas Church, Stanford University
- Title: A survey of representation stability
- Abstract: I will give a gentle survey of the theory of representation stability, viewed through the lens of its applications in topology and elsewhere. These applications include: homological stability for configuration spaces of manifolds; understanding the stable (and unstable) homology of arithmetic lattices; Charney's theorem and Hecke eigenclasses in stable mod-p cohomology; uniform generators for congruence subgroups and "congruence" subgroups; and distributional stability for random squarefree polynomials over finite fields.
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- Matt Day, University of Arkansas
- Title: On the second homology group of the Torelli subgroup of Aut(
*F*)_{n} - Abstract: I will discuss joint work with Andrew Putman in which
we find an infinite generating set for
H
_{2}(IA_{n}; ℤ), the second homology of the Torelli subgroup (a.k.a. IA_{n}) of the automorphism group of the free group. This generating set comes from a new infinite presentation for IA_{n}. There is a natural action of GL(*n*, ℤ) on H_{2}(IA_{n}; ℤ) and our generating set is the orbit of finitely many "basic generators" under this action. Our generators "look the same" for all*n*starting with*n*= 6, proving a surjective representation stability conjecture for H_{2}(IA_{n}; ℤ). - ***
- Matthew Durham, University of Michigan
- Title: Convex cocompactness and stability in mapping class groups
- Abstract: Originally defined by Farb−Mosher to study hyperbolic extensions of surface subgroups, convex cocompact subgroups of mapping class groups have deep ties to the geometry of Teichmuller space and the curve complex. I will present a strong notion of quasiconvexity in any finitely generated group, called stability, which coincides with convex cocompactness in mapping class groups. I will also discuss some work in progress and future directions. This is joint work with Sam Taylor.
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- Robert Tang, University of Oklahoma
- Title: Shadows of Teichmueller discs in the curve complex
- Abstract: Given a flat structure on a surface, we can deform the metric using elements of SL(2,ℝ) to obtain different metrics. The SL(2,ℝ)−orbit under this action is called a Teichmueller disc. The set of systoles arising on some flat metric on a Teichmueller disc gives a quasiconvex subset in the curve graph associated with the surface. We describe nearest point projections to the systole set using a generalised notion of Masur−Minsky's balance time. We will also describe other sets of curves associated to a given Teichmueller disc. This is joint work with Richard Webb.
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- Pengcheng Xu, Oklahoma State University
- Title: P−moves between pants block decompositions of 3−manifolds
- Abstract: A pants block decomposition of a compact hyperbolic 3−manifold is a decomposition of the 3−manifold which cuts the manifold into fundamental pieces called pants blocks. This is similar to a triangulation, which cuts the 3−manifold into tetrahedra. In this talk we will discuss how to relate two pants block decompositions of a manifold with a sequences of P−moves, which are similar to Pachner moves between triangulations.