Mihnea Popa Office: Lunt 226 Tel: 8474915576 email: mpopa@math.northwestern.edu URL: www.math.northwestern.edu/~mpopa 

Brief course description: We will start with a general introduction to Dmodules in algebra and geometry (various operations, holonomicity, Vfiltration, BernsteinSato polynomial, resolutions, etc.). This will be followed by a study of their connections with Hodge theory, especially the study of the Hodge filtration on Dmodules of Hodge theoretic origin. We will then study the connection between Hodgetheoretic Dmodules and birational geometry (most likely next quarter). Notes will be posted occasionally. 