Fireside Chat: Gerrymandering—What Is It, How Can We Measure It, and What Can We Do About It?

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Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 07:30 pm - 08:30 pm CST

Location:  Virtual via Zoom
United States

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Gerrymandering refers to the practice of drawing legislative districts so that one political party wins a disproportionate number of seats relative to their share of the electorate. But how can we tell whether or not districts have been drawn fairly? This is a legal question and, increasingly, a mathematical one. Jeanne Nielsen Clelland '91, A.M. '93, Ph.D. '96 will give us a gentle introduction to some new ideas about how to measure gerrymandering, and also discuss some ways that these ideas are being applied to current redistricting efforts.

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