Robbins Library Hosts Discussion on Gerrymandering

On Thursday April 25, the Robbins Library welcomes Aidan Kestigian to speak on “Gerrymandering and Redistricting in Massachusetts.” Kestigian is the Program Manager for the Metric Geometry & Gerrymandering Group (MGGG)  and the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Tufts University.

Kestigian’s presentation is part of the library’s ongoing Democracy after Dark  program series. The Democracy after Dark series was created in 2017 as a way to foster learning and community discussion of issues supporting strong democracy and offers presentations and discussion on a wide variety of topics.  

The Metric Geometry & Gerrymandering Group (MGGG)  uses applications of geometry and computing to study U.S. redistricting. The group’s core belief is that that gerrymandering of all kinds is a fundamental threat to our democracy.

Gerrymandering has been a hot topic recently with two cases before the Supreme Court focusing on extreme partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and North Carolina.  In keeping with their goal of to use research in and relevant applications of geometry, topology, and computing to examine redistricting the MGGG organized a collaborative effort of mathematical and legal experts to file an amicus or “friend of the court” brief for the two gerrymandering cases presented to the court on March 26, 2019.  

In her presentation at the library, Kestigian will discuss the work of the MGGG, the recent Supreme Court cases, and   the process through which the State of Massachusetts redraws its congressional districts.


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