These specialized training tracks will run on Thursday and Friday, August 10-11, after the public portion of the workshop. Admission to the tracks was by an application process, which is now concluded.  Similar tracks will run (Saturday-Sunday) at the four regional workshops that are being planned for the coming year.

Expert witness track  

coordinated by Moon Duchin (Tufts Math/STS)

  • ~30 participants from mix of PhD backgrounds
  • legal experts will discuss principles for effective expert testimony and community support
  • experts include
    • Geoff Cohen (vice president and litigation specialist, Stroz Friedberg)
    • Kareem Crayton (Vanderbilt Law, redistricting consultant)
    • Bob Kengle (former Deputy Chief, Voting Section, Department of Justice)
    • Jennie Lusk (communications counsel, state of New Mexico)
    • Oren Sellstrom (litigation director, Lawyers’ Committee)
    • Jeff Wice (SUNY Buffalo Law Fellow, redistricting attorney)

Teaching track 

run by Mira Bernstein (Tufts STS) and Ari Nieh (MIT Rhetoric)

  • ~100 participants who are current university and high school teachers
  • master teachers will present sample lessons to get voting, redistricting, civil rights material into curricula
  • professional development credits (PD hours) will be available for current high school teachers (more info)

GIS/Technology Team

  • ~15-member team will work together intensively for two days, hackathon-style
  • will produce databases, visualizations, apps, and other open-source tools for redistricting