Combinatorial Potlatch

November 9, 2002
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC Canada

The next Combinatorial Potlatch will be held November 9, 2002 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Combinatorial Potlatches have been held for many years at various locations around Puget Sound and southern British Columbia, and are an opportunity for combinatorialists in the region to gather informally for a day of invited talks and conversation. While most who attend work in, or near, the Puget Sound basin, all are welcome. To view a history of past Combinatorial potlatches in pdf format, click here

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "potlatch" as: A ceremonial feast among certain Native American peoples of the northwest Pacific coast, as in celebration of a marriage or an accession, at which the host distributes gifts according to each guest's rank or status. Between rival groups the potlatch could involve extravagant or competitive giving and destruction by the host of valued items as a display of superior wealth. [Chinook Jargon, from Nootka p'achitl, to make a potlatch gift.]

This potlatch is being sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and The University of Victoria - Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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University of Victoria Petch Fountain

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