A Geometry of Redistricting workshop will be offered at Tufts University from August 7-11, 2017, mixing math, law, and civil rights.  The first three days of the week (M-W) will be open to the public and made available online.  The last two days (Th-F) will be devoted to specialized training, broken down into three tracks.

Registration for this workshop will open on this website on June 1, 2017.  Registration is free and open to the public.

Here is a tentative plan of speakers and schedule for the summer school.

Speakers for 3-day Workshop (Mon 8/7 – Weds 8/9)

Speaker (Affiliation) Possible topics
Guy-Uriel Charles — Prof, Law, Duke; Director of Center for Race, Law, and Politics racial vs. partisan gerrymandering
Wendy Cho — Prof, Political Science, Statistics, Asian-American Studies, Supercomputing, UIUC supercomputing algorithms for comparing districting plans
Kristen Clarke — President & Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law anatomy of a civil rights case
Moon Duchin — Prof, Math and STS, Tufts metric geometry, “compactness” without perimeter, math brainstorming session
Megan Gall — Social Scientist, Lawyers’ Committee “traditional districting principles,” statistical techniques, intro to GIS
Ellen Katz — Prof, Law, Michigan legal history of redistricting cases and Voting Rights Act
Justin Solomon — Prof, EECS, MIT geometric data analysis, computational geometry
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal — Lawyers’ Committee (Boston)

Peter Levine — Dean, Civic Life, Tufts

Charles Stewart III — Prof, Political Science, MIT

panel: civic engagement and expert witnessing
Stephen Ansolabehere — Prof, Harvard, Government

Kareem Crayton — Vanderbilt Law, redistricting consultant

Jeff Wice — SUNY Buffalo Law Fellow, redistricting attorney

panel: how the lines are actually drawn

Tentative schedule for Monday-Wednesday

9:30-10:30am Talk 1

10:45-11:45 Talk 2

12:00-1:00 Talk 3

1:00-3:00 Long lunch

3:00-4:30 Talk 4 / Intro GIS session

7:30-8:30pm Evening session (Talk 5)

Talks 1-3 will be held at the historic and beautiful Somerville Theater in Davis Square.  Talks 4-5 and GIS sessions will be held on campus at nearby Tufts University.