Since 2002 Perimeter Institute has been recording seminars, conference talks, and public outreach events using video cameras installed in our lecture theatres. Perimeter now has 7 formal presentation spaces for its many scientific conferences, seminars, workshops and educational outreach activities, all with advanced audio-visual technical capabilities. Recordings of events in these areas are all available On-Demand from this Video Library and on Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive (PIRSA). PIRSA is a permanent, free, searchable, and citable archive of recorded seminars from relevant bodies in physics. This resource has been partially modelled after Cornell University's arXiv.org.
In the late 80s it became clear through notable work by Witten and others that there is a deep connection between (2+1) gravity and Chern-Simons theory making it possible to quantize. In the case where the cosmological constant is negative, spacetime has a boundary and classically there are black holes. We will study the features of this theory as an arena for seeing the simple realization of the Holographic Principle and the duality between quantum gravity theories in asymptotically Anti-deSitter space and conformal field theories.