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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

**Abstract:** This will be an organizational/introductory meeting to the new incarnation of the representation theory seminar. Topics for this semester will be mostly related to combinatorial representation theory in the sense of integrable difference/differential equations, fermionic character formulas, symmetric functions and the AGT correspondence. The first talk will be geared towards graduate students and requires no prior knowledge whatsoever. I will explain what a Whittaker vector is and why Whittaker functions satisfy differential equations using a completely explicit example.