The Cascadia Combinatorial Feast

Since 1982

Speakers, WWU, 2019

SFU participants at the 1985 conference

Riana Roux, Sue Whitesides and Joris van der Hoeven
Western Washington University, 2019

The Cascadia Combinatorial Feast (formerly the Combinatorial Potlatch) is an international one-day conference, usually held on the Saturday preceding US Thanksgiving. It has been held for many years at various locations around Puget Sound and southern British Columbia, and is an opportunity for combinatorialists in the region to gather informally for a day of invited talks and conversation. While most who attend work in, or near, the Puget Sound basin, all are welcome. Typically there are three talks given by speakers who are visiting or new to the area, along with breaks for coffee and lunch. Many participants remain for dinner at a local restaurant or pub.

News about the next conference

The 2021 edition of the conference will held in November 2021. Details will be posted here in late summer.

Thanks to Mike Henning, Natasha Morrison and Chip Klostermeyer for excellent presentations at the November 2020 virtual meeting, hosted by the University of Victoria.

The 2020 meeting was held in honor of Gary MacGillivray, and featured many contributions from among Gary's friends, students and colleagues, past and present.

Conference Photo, WWU, 2019
Conference Photo, Western Washington University, November 2019

Announcements of upcoming conferences

Amites Sarkar (amites dot sarkar at wwu dot edu) maintains an email list of people interested in receiving announcements of upcoming meetings. Contact him via email to have your name added.

History of the Cascadia Combinatorial Feast

The first Cascadia Combinatorial Feast (then known as the Potlatch) was held in 1982 at the University of Washington. There may also have been meetings in the 1970s. From that time, through 1997, Brian Alspach was the prime mover and organizer. After a few years' hiatus, Nancy Neudauer and Rob Beezer resurrected the tradition in 2002. Amites Sarkar succeeded Rob Beezer for the 2017 edition. There have been at least 37 meetings over the past 38 years. A history, as best as can be reconstructed, is available here.

Photo Archives

Old Conference Photos and Speakers Photos are available also.

Cascadia Combinatorial Feast Web Pages

Organizing Committee

Nancy Neudauer, Pacific University (nancy at pacificu dot edu)
Amites Sarkar, Western Washington University, (amites dot sarkar at wwu dot edu)

This is: http://faculty.wwu.edu/sarkara/potlatch_index.html   Last updated: November 23, 2020