SMC to present Math Morsels from the Simpsons to Futurama on Monday, October 6

“The Simpsons” is an award-winning global pop culture phenomenon. But did you know that “The Simpsons” also contains over one hundred mathematical moments, with material ranging from arithmetic to calculus to Riemannian geometry? There’s even a resident mathematician/inventor, Professor Frink.

Spartanburg Methodist College invites you to join us as we host Dr. Sarah Greenwald and she presents some of our favorite mathematical excerpts from “The Simpsons,” and explores the related mathematical content, accuracy and pedagogical value. The 7 p.m. event will be held in the Gibbs Auditorium, located in Ellis Hall on the campus of SMC. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Greenwald is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and a Women’s Studies core faculty member at Appalachian State University in the northwestern mountains of North Carolina. She is the winner of a 2005 MAA Alder Award for distinguished teaching, the 2010 Appalachian State University Wayne D. Duncan Award for Excellence in Teaching in General Education, and the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2010 she was inducted into the Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers. She has co-edited the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society, which was named a “Best Reference 2011” by Library Journal.

Dr. Greenwald received her Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and B.S. in math from the Department of Mathematics at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

Spartanburg Methodist College’s Gibbs Auditorium in Ellis Hall is handicapped accessible. Educators and students from the community are encouraged to take advantage of this free presentation to learn a few math morsels! For additional information, contact Yvonne Harper,, 864-587-4278 or 266-7409.