Saturday Cinema: Navajo Math Circles

Filmmaker George Csicsery and mathematician Tatiana Shubin in person


Saturday April 16, 2016 • 2:00 p.m
Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street), Kanbar Forum
$10 General; free with reservations for Exploratorium and Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Archimedes Society members. Film only; does not include museum admission.

Note: Members must reserve a ticket either online or by calling our Reservations office starting Wednesday, March 23 at 415.528.4444 (option 5).


Navajo Math Circles (2016, 58 min.) by George Csicsery follows Navajo students through the course of their studies in lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the country. The documentary, filmed in the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico in the Four Corners region, reveals both the challenges and rewards in education in this region. Applications of math in Native culture provide tools for increasing math literacy, and highlight the special connections between Navajo culture, natural beauty, and mathematics.

Navajo Math Circles was supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), with a generous grant from the Simons Foundation; and by Vision Maker Media (VMM), and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

A Q+A will follow the screening.