Maurice Auslander was a mathematician who created influential and beautiful mathematics. Auslander, along with Buchsbaum and Serre, are the founders of the homological approach to the study of commutative rings. After Auslander and Buchsbaum completed their fundamental work on commutative rings, Auslander went on to apply functorial and homological methods to lead the study of noncommutative rings into completely new directions. His fundamental idea and the development of almost split sequences has far-reaching influence and consequences. Among other things, it lead to Auslander-Reiten quivers, which revealed the detailed combinatorial structure of the representations of Artin algebras, and laid the foundation for the explosion of this subject in the 21st century. The Auslander school of algebra was the main center in America for noncommutative representation theory while he was alive, and his influence in mathematics is still very stong.
In 2002, with funding by Bernice Auslander, the Maurice Auslander Distinguished Lectures were created to commemorate and celebrate the mathematical legacy of Maurice Auslander. This annual event is now co-sponsored by our Department of Mathematics, and organized by two of our faculty members, Alex Martsinkovsky and Gordana Todorov, as well as Kiyoshi Igusa of Brandeis University. Originally held on the campus at Northeastern University, for the past several years it has been held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. Over the years, it has grown from just two Distinguished Lectures to a full International Conference. Moreover, the featured speakers have included Fields medalists and other distinguished research mathematicians.
Information about the upcoming Distinguished Lectures is available here. From that page, information is also available about past Distinguished Lectures.