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Van Eenam Lectures

This lecture is funded by the Weltha McLachlan Van Eenam, Marjorie Van Eenam Butcher and Robert Ward Butcher Actuarial/Financial Mathematics Fund.

The Fund was established in memory  of the Esteemed Emeritus Professor Cecil J. Nesbitt who was a dear friend of Marjorie Van Eenam Butcher (pictured) and Robert Ward Butcher. The fund was created as part of the Weltha McLachlan Van Eenam Memorial Fund to benefit Actuarial/Financial Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Michigan. Weltha McLachlan VanEenam was a 1918 graduate of Michigan who had a career as an early Social Security actuary.  Marjorie, Robert and Weltha were three dedicated teachers, devoted to their students' development who provided this fund in memory of Cecil Nesbitt, the greatest and kindest teacher among them.

Weltha McLachlan Van Eenam (A.B. 1918), Marjorie Van Eenam Butcher (A.B. 1947, A.M. 1949) and Robert Ward Butcher all were elected to Phi Beta Kappa while students at the University. By examination, all became members of the professional Society of Actuaries.


DATE Speaker/Organization  Lecture Title

November 14-16, 2023


H. Mete Soner, Princeton University
Mean Field Games and Kuramoto Synchronization

Computing Free Boundaries by Neural Networks and Simulations

Eikonal Equations on Wasserstein Spaces


March 21-23, 2023


Thaleia Zariphopoulou, The University of Texas at Austin 


Recent Advances in Human-Machine Interaction Models and Stochastic Optimization 

Mean Field Games with Unbounded Controls and General Criteria

Reversible and Irreversible Decisions Under Costly Information Acquisition


April 11., 13-14, 2022

Huyên Pham, Université de Paris


Deep Learning Methods for Stochastic Control And Partial Differential Equations

Mean-Field Markov Decision Processes With Common Noise And Open-Loop Controls

Optimal Bidding Strategies for Digital Advertising With Social Interactions



September 24-26, 2019


Ioannis Karatzas, Columbia University


Mathematical Aspects of Arbitrage

Slides from Lecture 1

Conservative Diffusion as Entropic Gradient Flow

Slides from Lecture 2

The Harrison-Shepp Equation and some of Its Offspring

Slides from Lecture 3


October 2-4, 2018 Walter Schachermayer,
University of Vienna

The Amazing Power of Dimensional Analysis in Finance: Market Impact and the Intraday Trading Invariance Hypothesis

Slides from First Talk

Cover's Universal Portfolio, Stochastic Portfolio Theory and the Numeraire Portfolio

A Trajectorial Interpreation of Doob's Martingale Inequalities

April 3-5, 2018

Nizar Mohamed Touzi, Ecole Polytechnique


Colloquium: Mathematics for optimal contract theory

SLIDES from Colloquium  

New developments in second order backward SDEs

SLIDES from Lecture 2

Branching particles representation for nonlinear Cauchy problems

SLIDES from Lecture 3