The second joint JAF/MAMLS (Journées sur les Arithmétiques Faibles and Mid Atlantic Mathematical Logic Seminar) will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center 7-9th of July 2015. Confirmed speakers include:
Sam Buss, Petr Glivický, Joel Hamkins, Karen Lange, James Schmerl, Jerzy Tomasik, and Henry Towsner.
The conference is organized by Roman Kossak (Chair), Patrick Cegielski, Alfred Dolich, and Kerry Ojakian. The conference website is here. Funding is available to support participant travel. Please write to jafnycfund@gmail.com to apply for support.

Cornell MAMLS: 60 years of Dow, December 6-9, 2014

In December there will be a special meeting of the Mid Atlantic Logic Seminar (MAMLS) in honor of Alan Dow. The meeting will take place at Cornell University from December 6-9 (talks will begin on the morning of December 6th end at lunch time on the 9th).

The following people have agreed to give plenary talks:

Alexander Arhangelskii (Ohio University)
Alan Dow (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
Todd Eisworth (Ohio University)
Klass Pieter Hart (Delft University of Technology)
Istvan Juhasz (Alfred Renyi Institute of Mathematics)
Piotr Koszmider (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Jan van Mill (University of Amsterdam)
Arnold Miller (University of Wisconsin)
Juris Steprans (York University)
Stevo Todorcevic (University of Toronto and CNRS, Paris)

Additional invited talks will be given as well. (There will be no contributed talks.)

To register (free) and for more information, visit www.math.cornell.edu/~dow.

Plural Logic and Sensitivity to Order

David Nicolas, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris




Sentences that exhibit sensitivity to order (e.g. “John and Mary arrived at school in that order” and “Mary and John arrived at school in that order”) present a challenge for the standard formulation of plural logic. In response, some authors have advocated new versions of plural logic based on more fine-grained notions of plural reference, such as serial reference (Hewitt 2012) and articulated reference (Ben-Yami 2013). The aim of this work is to show that sensitivity to order should be accounted for without altering the standard formulation of plural logic. In particular, sensitivity to order does not call for a more fine-grained notion of plural reference. We point out that the phenomenon in question is quite broad and that current proposals are not equipped to deal with the full range of cases in which order plays a role. Then we develop an alternative, unified account, which locates the phenomenon not in the way in which plural terms can refer, but in the meaning of special expressions such as “in that order” and “respectively”.

May 12-13 Turing meeting at Columbia University

This is a preliminary announcement: on May 12-14, 2014, a workshop entitled Mind, Mechanism, and Mathematics will be held at Columbia University. This is the second workshop in the Turing Centenary Research Project, which focuses on the work and the legacy of Alan Turing. Details are available at the conference webpage.

Welcome to the Set Theory seminar Spring 2014

The set theory seminar will be coordinated in Spring 2014 by Thomas Johnstone.

Tom pointed out that it’s been about ten years that we have been having our weekly Set Theory seminar at CUNY, starting with a few of Joel Hamkins’s graduate students who met on a weekly basis (George, Jonas, Victoria, and himself), and we’ve had many interesting seminar meetings since then.


At this point the schedule is wide open, so please let Tom know if you’d be interested to give a talk.

Professor Arthur W. Apter promoted to Distinguished Professor

Arthur ApterProfessor Arthur W. Apter, a long-standing and prominent member of the New York logic community, has been promoted to Distinguished Professor at CUNY, effective February 1, 2014.

Professor Apter is known internationally for his foundational early work in choiceless set theory and also for his work in the area of forcing and large cardinals, including especially a large body of results concerning the indestructibility phenomenon of large cardinals and the level-by-level agreement between strong compactness and supercompactness, among many other topics.  A prolific researcher, he has published well over 100 articles in refereed research journals.

From his profile at the CUNY Distinguished Professor page:

Professor Arthur W. Apter was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended New York City public schools. After graduation in 1971 from Sheepshead Bay High School, he attended MIT, where he earned his B.S. in Mathematics in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1978. After spending one additional postdoctoral year at MIT, he spent two years in the Mathematics Department of the University of Miami and five years in the Mathematics Department of Rutgers University – Newark Campus.

He has been affiliated with the Mathematics Department of Baruch College since 1986, and was appointed to the Doctoral Faculty in Mathematics of the CUNY Graduate Center in 2006. He was the doctoral advisor of Shoshana Friedman (Ph.D. CUNY 2009) and doctoral co-advisor of Grigor Sargsyan (Ph.D. UC Berkeley 2009), whom he mentored as an undergraduate in the CUNY Baccalaureate Program. He has also supervised two additional students in advanced reading courses in mathematics as undergraduates, Lilit Martirosyan and Chase Skipper.

Professor Apter is a mathematical logician, who specializes in set theory. His research focuses on large cardinals and forcing, but he also maintains a keen interest in inner model theory.

Rutgers MAMLS, October 19-20, 2013


Rutgers 2013 MAMLS
The Fall 2013 MAMLS Meeting will take place at Rutgers University on October 19-20, 2013. The invited speakers include Paul Larson, Andrew Marks, Justin Moore, Itay Neeman, Trevor Wilson and Spencer Unger.

The lectures will take place in Room 221 in Scott Hall on College Avenue Campus. For those of you who are coming by train, Scott Hall is a short walk from the train station: Map showing route to Scott Hall, 43 College Ave.


BLAST 2013, August 5-9, 2013, Orange, California

                    → go to the conference web page

It is a pleasure to announce the fifth BLAST conference, August 5 – 9, 2013 at Chapman University, Orange, California, USA.

The BLAST conference series brings together researchers in

B = Boolean algebra

L = Lattice theory, algebraic and quantum Logic

A = Universal Algebra

S = Set theory

T = Set theoretic and point-free Topology

Please consider filling out the Expression of Interest form at the end of this email.

The first four BLAST conferences were at the University of Denver, New
Mexico State University, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Kansas.

BLAST 2013 will feature invited talks by
* Bernhard Banaschewski (McMaster University)
* William DeMeo (University of South Carolina)
* Francois Dorais (Dartmouth College)
* Mai Gehrke (Université Diderot – Paris 7 and CNRS)
* Steven Givant (Mills College)
* Steve Jackson (University of North Texas)
* Michael Pinsker (Technische Universität Wien)
* Dima Sinapova (University of Illinois at Chicago)
* Sam van Gool (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)

and invited tutorials by
* Martin Escardo (University of Birmingham)
* Heinz-Peter Gumm (Universität Marburg)
* Hilary Priestley (University of Oxford)

The conference is funded by NSF, Chapman University and the Center for Excellence in Computation, Algebra and Topology (CECAT).

Abstract submission is through Atlas-conferences by July 1 at http://atlas-conferences.com/cgi-bin/abstract/submit/cbgq-01.

Registration will be $90 before July 1, 2013, and $110 after that. Electronic registration is available on the conference web page http://www.chapman.edu/events/blast-2013/.

A limited amount of financial support is available for graduate students and recent PhDs. To apply for support, send an email of request to blast2013@chapman.edu<mailto:blast2013@chapman.edu> by May 15, 2013 (see web page for details).

More information can be found at the conference web page.

A printable poster to advertise this conference can be downloaded from http://math.chapman.edu/blast2013/poster.pdf

The conference organizers can be contacted at blast2013@chapman.edu<mailto:blast2013@chapman.edu>

Best regards,
the organizing committee

Peter Jipsen and Andrew Moshier (Chapman University, CECAT) Natasha Dobrinen (University of Denver) Fred Dashiell and Joanne Walters-Wayland (Chapman University, CECAT)

Mostowski 100, Conference in Warsaw October 2013

The Andrzej Mostowski Centenary Conference “Mostowski 100” will take place
in Warsaw, Poland, 11-13 of October 2013. Invited speakers include:
Mikołaj Bojańczyk, Harvey Friedman, Thomas Jech, Menachem Magidor,
Yiannis Moschovakis, Jouko Väänänen, Jan Woleński, W. Hugh Woodin, Mirna
Dzamonja, Leszek Kołodziejczyk, Krzysztof Krupiński, Angus Macintyre,
Ludomir Newelski, Anand Pillay, Christian Rosendal, Zlil Sela, and
Sławomir Solecki. There will also be a poster session at which graduate
students can present their work.

The conference website is

Travel funds from the National Science Foundation are available for
researchers and graduate students affiliated with U.S. institutions.
Application for travel support should be sent to Sergei Artemov at
SArtemov@gc.cuny.edu. The deadline for applications is September 1st, 2013.

Conference in honor of Carol Wood, May 31 – June 1, Wesleyan Univ.

Professor Carol Wood will retire this summer after 40 years at Wesleyan University. In honor of her retirement and her many contributions to the university and the profession, the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Wesleyan University is hosting a conference on May 31 and June 1, 2013. The conference will start on the afternoon of Friday, May 31 and will continue through the day on Saturday, June 1. For further details, please visit http://cwoodconf.conference.wesleyan.edu/.