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 for which participants were selected by an application process in early Spring.

Registration for the Monday to Wednesday workshop has now closed.  We will accommodate walk-ins after pre-registered participants have been seated.

Schedule for Monday-Wednesday

Here is the full program for Monday-Wednesday, and here is the schedule on its own.

Morning talks will be held at the historic and beautiful Somerville Theater in Davis Square.  Afternoon sessions and evening talks will be held at various campus locations at Tufts University. (See schedule for building names, linked to google maps.)

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

Speaker (Affiliation) Possible topics
Stephen Ansolabehere — Prof, Government, Harvard approaches to gerrymandering in political science
Guy-Uriel Charles — Prof, Law, Duke; Director of Center for Race, Law, and Politics racial vs. partisan gerrymandering
Robert Cheetham — CEO, Azavea B-Corp District Builder: open-source software for collaborative redistricting
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 meets politics
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)

Charles Stewart III — Prof, Political Science, MIT

panel: public engagement with redistricting and voting rights
Clark Bensen — founder, Polidata

Kareem Crayton — Vanderbilt Law, redistricting consultant

Jeff Wice — SUNY Buffalo Law Fellow, redistricting attorney

panel: how the lines are actually drawn