Knowledge by the Slice: Rethinking Electoral Maps
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Penn Arts & Sciences' long-running Knowledge by the Slice lunchtime series offers educational talks led by our insightful faculty experts. Did we mention there’s pizza? So, come for the discussion and have a slice on us.
Every 10 years in the United States, states draw new voting district boundaries in response to the latest U.S. census data. This process has long been fraught, with accusations of gerrymandering coming from whichever party is not in power, since voting districts can affect election outcomes.
Philip Gressman, Professor of Mathematics, says the last 10 years have brought significant improvements in computational capabilities, which can help make electoral maps fairer and prevent the manipulation of boundaries for the gain of a particular party, group, race, or socioeconomic class. In this Knowledge by the Slice, he'll describe the work mathematicians are doing to make the redistricting process fairer and less biased. He'll be joined by Daniel Hopkins, Professor of Political Science, whose research centers on American politics, with a special emphasis on racial and ethnic politics, state/local politics, political behavior, and research methods. Together they'll explore how these methods could work, and why it would be a good thing for U.S. elections and citizens.
Knowledge by the Slice is generously funded by the Adolf and Felicia Leon Fund, which supports Penn Arts & Sciences programming and lecture series.