I just left a functional programming club meeting.
Talks will be given by Alex Mason and David Peterson, with a section for lightning talks at the end.
David: A Gentle Introduction to Functional Programming in Haskell. In this talk, we take a look at the history and motivations for functional programming, consider why functional programming makes more sense now than ever before, and provide a highly accessible overview to Haskell, a pure functional language. This is a beginner-level talk and no prior familiarity with Haskell is assumed.
Alex: Picking trees up by the ears - Finger trees and Data.Seq - An introduction to one of the more interesting functional data structures with good asymptotics (O(1) amortised cons and snoc, O(log(min(m,n)) append)