Southern California Strings Seminar

29th-30th September 2006

Location: University of Southern California

Join us as we (members of several of the local groups with interest in string theory and related topics) sit together to discuss new ideas and developments (both general and technical) in the field. The presentations will be accompanied by plenty of discussion and in the first part of each talk the speaker will take special care to set the scene and context of the work in a pedagogical manner so as to encourage participation by younger members of the field.

Please send an email to me (cvj) (use johnson1 at with the subject line: Southern California Strings Seminar if you're coming. This will help us make sure that there's enough room in the lecture hall, and enough coffee!

(Very Tentative) Schedule:

Friday 29th

Time Event/Speaker/Topic Location
9:00am Introductory Remarks MHP 105
9:15am Anton Kapustin (Caltech): "Electric-Magnetic Duality And The Geometric Langlands Program, Part 1" MHP 105
10:15am: Break MHP 105
10:30am: Anton Kapustin (Caltech): "Electric-Magnetic Duality And The Geometric Langlands Program, Part 2" MHP 105
11:30am Break MHP 105
11:35pm Discussion MHP 105
11:50am Lunch MHP 105
2:00pm David Mateos (UCSB): "String Theory and RHIC Physics: The Fundamental Story" MHP 105
3:00pm Discussion MHP 105
3:30pm Break MHP 105
4:00pm Nicholas Warner (USC): "Geometric Transitions and Black Hole Microstates" MHP 105
5:00pm Discussion MHP 105
5:30pm End of Day: Explore/talk/seek food/etc LA

Saturday 30th

Time Event/Speaker/Topic Location
9:30am Matthew Headrick (Stanford): "Ricci flow and black holes" SSL 150
10:30am: Discussion SSL 150
11:00am: Break SSL 150
11:30am Joshua Davis (UCLA): "Integrable Deformations of Flux Backgrounds in d=2
String Theory"
SSL 150
12:30pm Discussion SSL 150
1:00pm End of Day: Explore/talk/seek food/etc LA

Travel and Related Information:

All events will be at USC. There is online travel (to USC) information at this link. Note that (despite popular opinion) there are very good public transport links between some points. Have a look at this link. For example, there are regular buses and shuttles to USC from downtown and other transit centres such as the Wilshire/Vermont junction and Union Station.

*It is particularly easy to get here from UCLA by bus. Use the 720 metro rapid to Wilshire/Vermont, and then the 754 metro rapid down Vermont. A day pass is $3.00.

* The Gold Line from Pasadena connects to Union Station, from where the USC shuttle bus, or the Dash, and/or the Red line, can get you to USC. A day pass is $3.00.

*Travelling (say by train) to Union Station from outside the city is an option worth exploring. Let me (cvj) know if you want to try this and I'll happily advise.

Parking: A day pass is $6 at the gate. If driving to campus, please let me (cvj) know as soon as possible (definitely by Thursday morning) if you want us to arrange for a parking permit to be waiting for you at one of the gates.

"MHP" in the schedule refers to the Mudd Hall of Philosophy, which can be found on the online map (see link here (pdf map) ). MHP is in grid reference 7D, near the intersection of Bloom Walk and Trousdale Parkway. The entrance to the lecture theatres of MHP is on the North side of the building.

"SSL" in the schedule refers to the Seaver Science Library, which can be found on the online map (see link here (pdf map) ). SSL is in grid reference 6B, near the intersection of Bloom Walk and Watt Way. The entrance to the lecture theatre of SSL is on the North side of the building and is completely seperated from the library.

We may order a collection of sandwiches and salads for lunch on campus on Friday and Saturday, and we'll try to go somewhere fun for dinner on Friday night. Sorry, but only speakers can be reimbursed for lunch and dinner. (Bugdet constraints.) We may ask for a small donation from each of you of about $10 which will pay for lunch, coffee, cookies, and soft drinks.

Accommodation: If you are coming from afar and need somewhere to stay overnight, please try the Inn at 657, walkable distance of campus (or use the F Dash). It is a lovely bed and (delicious) breakfast. $110 per night. The Vagabond Inn on Figueroa is less lovely, but might be cheaper. The Radisson is also very near by, but more expensive. There are several very fancy restaurants a quick busride away in downtown. Book soon. Let me know if you need help.... for example in finding cheaper places a bit futher away connectable by public transport.