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First of all, apologies for the really non-standard question/announcement. I know this is not what MO was intended for, but in this situation it is the easiest way to reach (perhaps) the right person.

On my way back to London from some workshop in Ohio, I got stuck in NYC because of that infamous volcano. No definite news except there is no chance I can get back to Europe before next Friday. I thought I could make something productive with all this time, but have no contact with any mathematicians in any of the Universities nearby.

So, if anybody in NYC or surroundings is interested on hearing about my work (lately mostly about the field with one element, plus some quantum groups and noncommutative geometry stuff), you have the perfect occasion to bring me to your department. For free! I am open to discussions, seminars or in general anything that is going around, if anybody is up, just send an email!

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there are worse places to be stuck... you can visit Courant, Columbia, Cuny Grad Center, Stony Brook to name a few. But - come on - there's a ton of things to do now you have the chance. –  john mangual Apr 17 '10 at 15:40
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Welcome to New York, although I am sorry to hear about your travel difficulties. I would suggest for you to peruse the CUNY GC seminar listings at math.gc.cuny.edu/seminars/seminars.html, and contact the organizers of seminars that might be appropriate. –  Joel David Hamkins Apr 17 '10 at 16:38
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Gerhard: Click on his little picture below the message, and find out your information. –  Gerald Edgar Apr 17 '10 at 18:30
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+1, cool question :). –  Kevin H. Lin Apr 17 '10 at 20:00
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The question is cute, but the tags are, hmm, strange. –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Apr 17 '10 at 22:53
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Just walk into any seminar you find interesting:

http://math.columbia.edu/calendar/main/one/next_week.html

http://www.cims.nyu.edu/events/

http://www.math.poly.edu/news/seminars.phtml

http://math.gc.cuny.edu/seminars/bulletin04_13.pdf

No need to contact anyone in advance. If you need directions on how to get to any of these places, just ask and I'll post them.

ADDED: It's also very easy to do day trips by train to neighboring universities:

http://www.math.sunysb.edu/html/seminars.shtml

http://www.math.rutgers.edu/seminars/calendar.php

http://www.math.princeton.edu/seminars/

https://www.math.upenn.edu/cgi-bin/calendar/view.pl?item=NextWeek

MORE: If you want to give a talk instead of listening to one, I suggest you find a seminar where the speaker isn't going to make it from Europe and where the organizers know either you or your work. You could then contact them and offer to be a substitute.

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And the IAS math.ias.edu/seminars –  Felipe Voloch Apr 17 '10 at 21:30
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@Deane: about your last edit, what a fabulous idea! If concert halls can get last minute substitute musicians, why not maths seminars? –  Willie Wong Apr 17 '10 at 22:28
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@Deane: +1 again (so to speak) for your addendum. Definitely a great idea. –  Pete L. Clark Apr 17 '10 at 23:28
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Thanks for all the links! Your suggestion sounds great. I just thought that several of the seminar organizers might read the question and reply if they needed a replacement :-) –  javier Apr 17 '10 at 23:29
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Even if you don't give a talk (to be honest, you would be very lucky to set one up), I encourage you to attend a seminar or two and do your best to meet other mathematicians, whether they are in your field or not. Serendipitous encounters like can really pay off. –  Deane Yang Apr 18 '10 at 16:09
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