**SUGGESTED PRE-READINGS FROM THE FOLLOWING LECTURER (as of June 6, 2014):**

**Herman Verlinde:**

1. A. Almheiri, D. Marolf, J. Polchinski and J. Sully, "Black Holes: Complementarity or Firewalls?", arXiv: 1207.3123

2. A.A. Belavin, A.M. Polyakov and A.B. Zamolodchikov, ``Infinite Conformal Symmetry in Two-Dimensional Quantum Field Theory,'' Nucl. Phys. B **241**, 333 (1984), www.sciencedirect.com

3. L. McGough and H. Verlinde, ``Bekenstein-Hawking Entropy as Topological Entanglement Entropy,''

JHEP **1311**, 208 (2013), arXiv:1308.2342

**SUGGESTED PRE-READINGS FROM THE FOLLOWING LECTURERS (as of May 9, 2014): **

**Simone Giombi:**

1. S. Giombi, X. Yin, "The Higher Spin/Vector Model Duality," http://arxiv.org/pdf/1208.4036.pdf

2. I. Klebanov, A. Polyakov, "AdS Dual of the Critical O(N) Vector Model," http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/0210114v4.pdf

3. S. Giombi, I. Klebanov, "One Loop Tests of Higher Spin AdS/CFT," http://arxiv.org/pdf/1308.2337v3.pdf

**Steven Gubser:****(added on June 13, 2014)**

**Igor Klebanov:**

1. L. Fei, S. Giombi and I.R. Klebanov, "Critical O(N) Models in 6-epsilon Dimensions," http://arxiv.org/pdf/1404.1094v1.pdf

**Hirosi Ooguri:**

1. H. Ooguri, "Geometry as seen by String Theory," http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:0901.1881, based on my Takagi Lectures for the Mathematical Society of Japan. It is a concise introduction to topological string theory.

2. M. Marino, "Chern-Simons Theory, Matrix Models, and Topological Strings," (Oxford University Press), is a handy monograph on the subject. http://www.amazon.com/Chern-Simons-Topological-Strings-International-Monographs/dp/0198568495/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1399614534&sr=8-2&keywords=marino+topological

3. K. Hori, et al., "Mirror Symmetry," (American Mathematical Society). Part 2, Physics Preliminaries of this book provides a comprehensive introduction to relevant techniques in physics. http://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Symmetry-Clay-Mathematics-Monographs/dp/0821829556/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399614479&sr=8-1&keywords=mirror+symmetry

**Nathan Seiberg:**

1. K. Intriligator and N. Seiberg, "Lectures on Supersymmetric Gauge Theories and Electric-Magnetic Duality," http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/9509066.pdf

2. K. Intriligator and N. Seiberg, "Lectures on Supersymmetry Breaking," http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-ph/0702069.pdf

3. J. Terning, "Modern Supersymmetry: Dynamics and Duality,'' (International series of monographs on physics. 132)

**Martijn Wijnholt:**

1. Green/Schwarz/Witten, “Superstring Theory,” Vol. II, Chapter 15

2. M. Wijnholt, “F-Theory, GUTs and Chiral Matter,” http://arxiv.org/pdf/0809.3878.pdf

**Edward Witten:**

1. R. Gopakumar and C. Vafa, "M-Theory and Topological Strings--I," http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/9809187v1.pdf

2. R. Gopakumar and C. Vafa, "M-Theory and Topological Strings--II," http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/9812127v1.pdf