**Tuesday 7 February 2023**

**16:30–18:00***

**Craig Westerland (University of Minnesota)** — *An operadic approach to the homology of Hurwitz spaces*

Hurwitz spaces of branched covers of A^{1} may be regarded as finite sheeted covers of configuration spaces of points in the line. Computing the (co)homology of these spaces is quite difficult. However, we may describe these homology groups as free algebras over a certain braided operad, and our goal becomes the computation of that operad. I'll present some partial progress in this computation, and an interpretation of the results in terms of the structure theory of braided Hopf algebras. Time permitting, we will investigate the action of the absolute Galois group on this system.

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