Organizers: Emily Peters, Peter Tingley
February  
14 
Tony Giaquinto (Loyola)  Deformations to Twists and Back Again 
21 
Aaron Lauve (Loyola)  Too Many Hopf Algebras! 
28 
No talk 

March  
7 
Spring break!!!!! 

14 
Alexander Sistko 
Maximal Subalgebras: Classifications, Applications, and Questions 
21 
No seminar due to Rataj Colloquium 

28 
Marius Radulescu (Loyola) 

April  
4  Emily Peters (Loyola)  
11 
Ryan Vitale (Indiana) 
Planar Algebra Presentations for a Family of Tensor Categories 
18 
Yajnaseni Dutta (Northwestern) 

25 
Sebastian Olano (Northwestern) 

Directions 

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Abstracts 

February 14: Tony Giaquinto (Loyola) Deformations to Twists and Back Again
This talk will trace a path from a case by case approach to constructing algebraic deformations to a uniform method called twisting. Numerous classical and state of the art examples will be given to illustrate the theory.
February 21: Aaron Lauve (Loyola) Too Many Hopf Algebras!
Since Giancarlo Rota's groundbreaking work on the subject in 1979, one endeavor of Algebraic Combinatorists has been to use Hopf algebras to study combinatorial structure. The viewpoint is this: if your favorite combinatorial species gadgets carry with them natural ways to combine twoand break into twoof the same species, then you should treat this as a notion of product and coproduct. Since that time, we have studied the Hopf algebras of planar binary trees, Dyck paths, parking functions, Feynman graphs, permutations, rooted forests, posets, and more, (many with both (co)commutative and non(co)commutative versions).
What does this perspective buy you? Formulas! I'll give some examples.
In this talk, reporting on joint work with Mitja Mastnak, we take a step back and ask for some way of organizing this menagerie of exotic beasts. We introduce the notion of Hopf algebra coverings and highlight the transfer of structure they provide.
March 14: Alexander Sistko (Iowa) Maximal Subalgebras: Classifications, Applications, and Questions
A common trick in the study of (notnecessarily associative) algebras is to understand their structure through the structure of their maximal subalgebras. Although certain classes of associative algebras have been studied from this vantage point, no complete classification for their maximal subalgebras currently exists. In this talk, I will present classification theorems for maximal subalgebras of finitedimensional associative algebras over a field. For important classes of algebras, this gives us nice presentations of subalgebras. Trivial and separable extensions feature prominently in our classification, and allow us to connect our (essentially ringtheoretic) classification problem to representation theory. We discuss how this classification yields insights into other questions related to finitedimensional algebras, for instance: counting minimal generating sets of algebras; constructing representations of their automorphism groups; and understanding isomorphism classes of subalgebras.
April 11: Ryan Vitale (Indiana) Planar Algebra Presentations for a Family of Tensor Categories
We give a family of planar algebra presentations for subcategories of representations of $\mathbb{Z}$ and $\mathbb{F}_p$. These are similar in flavor to examples of small index subfactors, but differs slightly, for example the categories are not semisimple. There are some connections to the fundamental theorems of invariant theory; using planar algebra techniques we can compute generators and relations for the ring of invariants corresponding to the representation assigned to a strand in the planar algebra.