**Brown Baby
Algebraic Geometry Seminar (BAGS)**

This semester we
are studying Beauville's book on algebraic surfaces. Our goal for the
semester is to work through the birational classification of algebraic
surfaces over C.

News: Here
is an exercise we worked through in the seminar (this result is
sometimes referred to as Zariski's lemma in the literature).

Topic | Speaker | Date |

Curves and Picard group | Shamil | Feb 7 & Feb 9 |

Chapter I: Riemann-Roch | Giovanni | Feb 14 & Feb 16 |

Chapter II: Birational maps | Stephen |
Feb 21 & Feb 23 |

Chapter III: Ruled surfaces | Tangli |
Feb 28 & March 2 |

Chapter IV: Rational surfaces | Giovanni |
March 7 & March 9 |

Chapter IV: Rational surfaces | Giovanni |
March 14 & March 16 |

Chapter V: Castelnuovo's Theorem | Shamil |
March 21 & March 23 |

Break | ||

Chapter VI: Surfaces p_g = 0, q >= 1 | Thomas |
April 4 & April 6 |

Chapter VII: Kodaira dimension |
Shamil |
April 11 |

Chapter VIII: Surfaces with k=0 |
Dori |
April 18 & April 20 |

Chapter IX: Surfaces with k=1 | Dori |
April 25 & April 27 |

Chapter X: Surfaces of general type |