Gerrymandering was the topic of the League of Women Voters Lincoln Lancaster's Oct. 4 Lunch and Learn at the Graduate Hotel.
Presenters were professors Steven Dunbar and Kristin Pfabe. As mathematicians, they are members of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group based at Tufts Universit in Boston. Their mission is to develop and promote mathematical and geometric tools to assist in fair redistricting.
Redistricting is the process of redividing districts for elected government offices, which occurs every 10 years following the U.S. Census. Gerrymandering occurs when the party in power intentionally and unfairly redistricts to its advantage.
Dunbar and Pfabe believe gerrymandering of all kinds is a fundamental threat to our democracy. Mathematical tools, which are measurable and data-driven, have been developed to test for gerrymandering.
The Nov. 1 Lunch and Learn will feature professor Gary Kebbel, UNL School of Journalism, who will speak on "Media Literary, Civil Discourse and the 2018 Election." Lunch and Learn is open to everyone, but reservations are required. Call 402-475-1411 for reservations.