Symposium and Dinner Honoring
Zalman Usiskin

November 6, 2014
The University of Chicago

Symposium: 2:30-5:00PM, The Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.
Reception and Dinner: 5:00-9:00PM, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.

For over 40 years, Zalman Usiskin has been a leader in mathematics education in the United States and internationally. Zalman joined the University of Chicago faculty in the fall of 1969. He was involved in the original planning of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project starting in 1983 and has been its overall director since 1987. This special event commemorates Zalman’s work and impact on mathematics teaching and learning. Teachers, mathematics educators, and others who have known Zalman or his work are encouraged to attend.


A scholarly symposium will address Zalman's contributions to mathematics curriculum, mathematics teaching, and mathematics education research, as well as his service to the mathematics education community. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Reception and Dinner:

A cocktail reception with full bar, a dinner, and a friendly roast will follow the symposium.


Registration for the dinner is now closed. If you would like to be considered for the wait list, contact Laurie Thrasher at or at (773)-702-0421.

Registration for the symposium is still open. Register for the symposium here.


Individuals can submit written or video testimonials for a “memory book” for Zalman. A selection of testimonials will be read or shown at the reception. You do not have to attend the event in order to submit a testimonial. Contact Natalie Jakucyn at for more information.


For more information contact or 773-702-3921


Panel 1: Curriculum and UCSMP

  • James E. Schultz

    Robert L. Morton Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education
    Ohio University

  • Scott Steketee

    Senior Scientist
    21st Century Partnership for STEM Education

  • Natalie Jakucyn

    Mathematics Department
    Glenbrook South High School
    Glenview, Illinois

Panel 2: Scholarship, Research, & Service

  • Robert Reys

    Curators’ Professor Emeritus
    University of Missouri

  • Denisse R. Thompson

    Professor of Mathematics Education
    University of South Florida

  • Henry S. Kepner, Jr.

    Professor Emeritus, Mathematics Education
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Past-President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

Panel 3: Students & Teaching

  • Lianghuo Fan

    Professor in Education Head; Mathematics and Science Education Research Centre
, Southampton Education School,
    University of Southampton
    Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998

  • Steve Viktora

    Mathematics Department Chair
    New Trier Township High School
    Winnetka, Illinois
    M.A.T., University of Chicago, 1975

  • Ray Klein

    Teachers Teaching with Technology
    M.A.T., University of Chicago, 1972


Program Committee

  • John Benson
  • Diane Briars
  • John Dossey
  • Cathy Feldman
  • Al Foster
  • Martin Gartzman
  • Sol Garfunkel
  • Tim Honaker
  • Andy Isaacs
  • Natalie Jakucyn
  • Mary Lappan
  • John McConnell
  • Doug O'Roark
  • Robert Reys
  • Cathy Seeley
  • Sharon Senk
  • Carol Siegel
  • Karen Usiskin
  • Steve Viktora
  • Bert Waits (deceased)

Also of Interest

CSMC Third International Curriculum Conference

Mathematics Curriculum Development, Delivery, and Enactment in a Digital World

November 7-9, 2014
University of Chicago

The date for the Symposium and Dinner Honoring Zalman Usiskin was chosen to coordinate with an international conference on digital mathematics curriculum that will be held at the University of Chicago beginning the following day. For more information, visit the CSMC conference website.