Journal of Law in Society Symposium on Gerrymandering and the Power of Boundaries
In 1812, cartoonist Elkanah Tisdale altered the political vocabulary of the United States forever when he rendered the voting districts of the state of Massachusetts, then under the leadership of Governor Elbridge Gerry, in the image of the "Gerry-mander," an animal somewhere between a vulture and a salamander. Gerrymandering has figured heavily in the history of U.S. elections and has recently made headlines again as communities around the nation face questions about the constitutionality of using independent commissions to redraw district lines, the effects of counting prison inmates as constituents in the counties in which the prisons reside, and how partisan gerrymandering disproportionately affects communities of color and voters who have been "packed, stacked, and cracked" in order to provide an advantage for one political party or the other.
On Friday, March 22, 2019, the Levin Center at Wayne Law, together with The Journal of Law in Society, held a symposium entitled "Gerrymandering: The Power of Boundaries" with the intention of fostering civil discourse on this matter of rapidly evolving public policy. Leading scholars from around the U.S. and joined experts from Wayne State University to discuss partisan gerrymandering and race-based redistricting in a full-day event. Michigan's newly elected Secretary of State and former Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson provided keynote remarks.
|8:30 a.m.||Breakfast in atrium|
|8:45 a.m.|| |
|9:00 a.m.|| |
|9:45 a.m.|| |
Gerrymandering: Past, Present, and Future
|11:00 a.m.||Refreshment Break|
|11:15 a.m.|| |
|12:30 p.m.||Lunch in the atrium|
|1:30 p.m.|| |
Political Gerrymandering and the U.S. Constitution
|3:00 p.m.|| |
|3:15 p.m.||Networking reception|