## Seminar on Higher Categories

This is a student seminar on higher categories and their relationships to TQFTs. The ultimate goal of the class is to understand the Baez/Dolan cobordism hypothesis and specifically, Lurie's related work. The seminar will be held on Mondays 1:00-2:00 in Math 5127 (the seminar room).

*Schedule*

**Date** |
**Topic** |
**Speaker** |

September 14, 2009 |
Introduction to Higher Categories I |
Ben Balsam |

September 21, 2009 |
Introduction to Higher Categories II |
Andrew Stimpson |

September 28, 2009 |
Cobordism Hypothesis |
Sasha Kirillov |

October 5, 2009 |
Infinity Categories |
Sasha Kirillov |

October 12, 2009 |
Infinity Categories II |
Sasha Kirillov |

October 19, 2009 |
Adjunctions and Dualizability in n-Categories |
Aron Fischer |

*References*

Lurie: On the Classification of Topological Field Theories
Baez/Lauda: A Prehistory of n-Categorical Physics
John Baez: An Introduction to n-Categories
Bruce Bartlett: Categorical Aspects of TQFTs
Tom Leinster: Basic Bicategories
Cheng/Lauda: Higher Categories: An Illustrated Guidbook
Baez:F04-S05 course on gauge theory and topology