Adding Seminar Talks

This page explains how to add a seminar talk to an existing seminar series. To create a seminar series, see More > Toolbox > Creating a Seminar Series.

The introduction in each seminar web page is stored in /www/math/events/seminars/sem/.intro, where sem is the folder corresponding to the seminar. You may edit this file.

Seminar talks are stored under the folder /www/math/events/seminars. You do not have permissions to modify the contents of this folder. To repeat, you cannot edit the seminar HTML files directly. Instead, seminar talks are entered on the Google Calendar App (gcal) Every time a seminar page is loaded, seminar talks for the current year, including abstracts, are downloaded from gcal to the local folder /www/math/events/seminars.

To add seminar talks, we assume you are logged into your Temple Google account and you have write access to Here are the steps.

  1. Create a new event in gcal by clicking on a date then click "Edit event".
  2. Replace "Untitled event" with the talk title.
  3. Enter start/end times, and location.
  4. Select the above calendar to save to the above calendar.
  5. For event description, enter the speaker name followed by the speaker affiliation, separated by a comma, and followed possibly by a blank line then an abstract (first method below).
  6. Enter anywhere the hashtag #algebra or #colloquium or etc.
  7. Click "Save" in gcal.

An event may have multiple hashtags. Allowable hashtags are names of the subfolders of /www/math/events/seminars. Currently these are #colloquium #grosswald #algebra #analysis #applied #awm #bigideas #geometry #gradanalysis #gradsem #numbers #probability #mathclub #special .

There are two distinct methods of entering a talk abstract.

The first method is to insert the abstract directly into the event description, after separating it from the speaker affiliation by a blank line. You may insert HTML or \(\LaTeX\) in the description, and paragraphs should be separated by blank lines.

The second method is to click on "Add attachment" and upload a pdf file. If you select this method, you'll need to make the attachment public. To make this attachment public, do the following:

  1. Click on "Add attachment" and upload your pdf. You will then see the file listed as the first attachment.
  2. Click on the attachment link corresponding to the file uploaded in step 1. This opens the attachment for viewing.
  3. Click on "More" then "Share" at top.
  4. Click on "Get Shareable Link".
  5. Click on "Anyone with the link can view", this should expose the pull down menu. Now click "More".
  6. Click "On: Public on the Web" then "Save". It should now say "Anyone on the internet can find and view".
  7. Click "Done" then close the window.
  8. Go back to Calendar and click "Save".

WARNING: All uploaded files must have distinct names [across all talks for all time], so be sure to include a date in the file name.