Explore Math Through Art of Mime at HSU’s Kieval Lecture

Humboldt State’s Department of Mathematics hosts Tim Chartier, a pioneering math professor who employs mime theatrical techniques to lead audiences to the unique intersection of math and performance art. In “Mime-matics,” Dr. Chartier delves into mathematical concepts such as estimation, tiling, and infinity.

Tim Chartier, Ph.D., presents the 63rd Kieval Lecture in Mathematics on Tuesday, April 22.

Chartier’s presentation is the 63rd Kieval Lecture, and takes place on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Founders Hall, Room 118. The semi-annual Kieval Lecture series is designed for a general audience and the public is invited to attend. Dr. Chartier has entertained audiences of all ages.

In an interview with Ari Daniel on the Public Radio Exchange, Chartier explained the connection between mime and mathematics. “Math is inherently, in many of its forms, invisible. So I think that using the art form of mime makes the invisible quality of math visible in a way that feels both exciting and natural to a mathematician.”

Chartier holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at North Carolina’s Davidson College. He is the recipient an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and is the Mathematical Association of America’s inaugural Math Ambassador. Chartier received his theatrical training at Le Centre du Silence mime school and the Dell’Arte School of International Physical Theater in Blue Lake. Chartier has also studied master’s classes with international mime legend, Marcel Marceau.

The Kieval Lecture is an endowed lecture series established by the late Professor Emeritus Harry S. Kieval. Every semester the Department of Mathematics hosts renowned speakers who present engaging lectures on popular mathematics topics to students and the public. This is the series’ 31st year.

Visit his website to learn more about Dr. Tim Chartier.