A conversation on political districting with a mathematical perspective
The problem of constructing "fair" political districts and the related problem of detecting intentional gerrymandering has received a significant amount of attention in recent years. Attempting to analyze these issues from a mathematical perspective leads to a wide variety of interesting problems in geometry, graph theory, and probability.
The upcoming webinar will include a presentation on this topic by Dr. Daryl DeFord and will be followed by a panel discussion with members from academia, voting rights groups, and citizens commission on redistricting. The panel will discuss topics such as: the ways in which redistricting influences our politics, how political parties and various interests influence the map making process, the use and misuse of congressional maps to both expand or suppress the vote of groups historically excluded from the political process, and how mathematics and computer science are helping in the creation and analysis of congressional maps.