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**Plenary 45-min
lectures will be given by:**

G.
Baumslag (CUNY), Residually
torsion-free-nilpotent groups

A.
Dranishnikov (University of Florida), Embedding of
groups into the product of binary trees

M.
Ershov (Institute for Advanced Study),
Golod-Shafarevich groups with property (T) and Kac-Moody groups

R.
Grigorchuk (Texas A&M), Hanoi Tower
Groups and Schreier Graphs

V.
Guba (Vologda State University), Metric and
growth properties of R.Thompson's group F

S.
Ivanov (University of Illinois), On balanced
presentations of the trivial group

M.
Kapovich (UC Davis), Generalized
triangle inequalities and their applications

A. Lubotzky (Hebrew
University of Jerusalem), Linear
representations of the automorphism group of a free group

I.
Mineyev (University of Illinois), Relative
hyperbolicity and bounded cohomology

N.
Monod (University of Geneva), Splitting
and CAT(0) superrigidity for lattices in products

A.
Miasnikov (McGill University), On
elementary theories of free groups

V.
Nekrashevych (Texas A&M), A minimal
Cantor set in the space of 3-generated groups

A.
Olshanskii (Vanderbilt), Van Kampen
diagrams, machines, and asymptotic behavior of groups

P.
Papasoglu (University of Athens), Cut points
and splittings of CAT(0) groups

V.
Remeslennikov (Omsk University), Pro-p
groups with non-isomorphic discrete and continuous cohomology groups

N.
Romanovskiy (Institute of Mathematics, Novosibirsk), Free
product decompositions in images of certain free products of groups

M.
Sapir (Vanderbilt), Groups
acting on tree-graded spaces

P. Schupp (University of Illinois),
Random quotients of the modular group are rigid

K.
Vogtmann (Cornell University), The
ephemeral Morita classes

S. Weinberger
(University of Chicago), Spaces of
Translations

D.
Wise (McGill University), Special
Cube Complexes

E. Zelmanov (UC San Diego), Some open problems in Ring Theory