Professor Ellen Veomett from St. Mary's College of California will discuss about gerrymandering and its solutions in a mathematical context. 

Do you want to learn how to use mathematics to improve our democracy? Then join us as we discuss mathematical tools to detect and prevent gerrymandering. Gerrymandering occurs when district lines are drawn in a way to benefit a group of voters (and thus disenfranchise another group of voters). In this talk, we'll discuss how gerrymandering happens, and metrics that have previously been used in court cases claiming that gerrymandering has occurred. We'll also introduce a new metric, the Geography and Election Outcome (GEO) metric which is an improvement on prior metrics. It uses both map data and partisan data to detect the existence of gerrymandering, as opposed to just one or the other (as prior metrics do).

Come explore this fascinating intersection of math and politics with us on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. via this Zoom link.