**Date & Time:** November 18, 2015, 15:00-16:00.

**Venue:** Ramanujan Hall

**Title:** Monodromy of certain cyclic covers of the projective line.

**Speaker:** T. N. Venkataramana, TIFR MUmbai

**Abstract:** We give a very brief overview of the Deligne Mostow (DM) theory
and show that in contrast to the DM situation, the monodromy group for
most of the cyclic covers of the projective line is an arithmetic group of
a certain unitary group.