• Mitchell Park Community Center (map)
  • 3700 Middlefield Road
  • Palo Alto, CA, 94303
  • United States

From the event website:

Director/Producer: George Csicsery

Navajo students engage in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. Using concepts from Native culture and a unique student-centered approach, the project aims to spark interest in math and science and create greater educational opportunities. Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. The students stay late after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College to study mathematics. The math circles approach emphasizes student-centered learning by putting children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction. The documentary reveals the challenges in education on the Navajo Nation. Applications of math in Native culture provide tools for increasing math literacy, highlighting the special connections between Navajo culture, natural beauty, and mathematics. The presence of math circles raises the hopes of parents, students, and teachers for a brighter future.

George Csicsery’s first documentary about a mathematician, N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős, is a classic in the field, and has been followed by a series of feature-length, one-hour, and short films about mathematicians and math education. In 2009, George Csicsery was awarded the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award for bringing mathematics to non-mathematical audiences. His background as an ethnographic filmmaker provides an additional skill for working with Navajo subjects.