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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

**Abstract:** This talk will be an introduction to the theory of abelian varieties over fields of positive characteristic. The presence of the non-separable Frobenius automorphism in this context gives the theory a flavor entirely different from over the complex numbers. An important question in this area is to characterize which abelian varieties (with extra data) arise as Jacobians of smooth curves. Much of the progress on this problem has been through studying some stratifications of moduli spaces of abelian varieties. We will introduce these moduli spaces and stratifications, and survey interesting results in this area.