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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


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Events for 21 January 2020

Cong Ling: Post-Quantum Cryptography Based on Division Algebras

1:00pm, E245

The Learning with Errors (LWE) problem is the fundamental backbone of modern lattice based cryptography. However, schemes based on LWE are often impractical, so Ring LWE was introduced as a form of 'structured' LWE. Another popular variant, Module LWE, generalizes this exchange by implementing a module structure over a Ring LWE instance. In this work, we introduce a novel variant of LWE over cyclic algebras (CLWE), which can be seen as a non-commutative version of Ring LWE. The proposed construction is both more efficient than Module LWE and conjecturally more secure than Ring LWE, the best of both worlds.

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Kieran Flanagan: Seeking from dark to light: a sociological horror story

1:00pm, Seminar Room C (D/TH107), Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham

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Ana Caraiani: Vanishing theorems for the cohomology of Shimura varieties

1:00pm, CM219

Abstract: I will survey some recent vanishing theorems for the mod p cohomology of Shimura varieties. I will mention some p-adic results and some l-adic results, where l is a prime different from p. Both settings rely on the geometry of the Hodge-Tate period morphism, but I will try to highlight the differently flavoured techniques that are needed. This is largely based on joint work with Daniel Gulotta and Christian Johansson, and on separate joint work with Peter Scholze.

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Dan York: Make a Fence around the Torah: Re-examining the Woman’s Prescription on the Fruit in Genesis 3:3

2:00pm, Dunn Cow Cottage 103

The paper re-examines the woman’s prescription on the fruit in Gen 3:3 according to the category of fence-making for the Torah (e.g. m. Avot 1.1). I situate the discussion within the context of early Jewish and Christian literature (e.g. Jubilees, Targums, Ephrem the Syrian, some rabbinic texts, etc.) to reframe the discussion. I, then, bring together Gen 3:3 with Ex 19:12 to attempt to show that the fence that the woman creates can be seen as a positive move in the light of the Sinai narrative.

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IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Extreme floods: evidence in the landscape

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Dr Anna Jones (Edge Hill University)

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Public Lecture: Christina Riggs - Photographing Tutankhamun

5:45pm to 7:15pm, Gala Theatre, Durham City

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