The Future of Gerrymandering Teach-Out

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One of the biggest challenges facing our democracy today occurs when congressional district lines that are drawn by elected officials to give one political party an unfair advantage over another. This is called "gerrymandering.” This Teach-Out explores the topic of gerrymandering, considering everything from its history of the original gerrymander, to the current United States Supreme Court cases. You will hear from leading experts on gerrymandering as well as citizen groups who are on the front lines of the redistricting debate.

The Teach-Out will address the following questions:
What is gerrymandering?
What is happening now? Why is this such an important issue today and what does it mean for you?
Why did the United States Supreme Court take up the gerrymandering case (Gill v. Whitford)? And what is happening now with this case?
How has technology impacted the gerrymandering debate?
What are states doing to address the issue?
How can you implement change?

A Teach-Out is:

-an event – it takes place over a fixed, short period of time

-an opportunity – it is open for free participation to everyone around the world

-a community – it will be joined by a large number of diverse individuals

-a conversation – an opportunity to give and take ideas and information from people

The University of Michigan Teach-Out Series provides just-in-time community learning events for participants around the world to come together in conversation with the U-M campus community, including faculty experts. The U-M Teach-Out Series is part of our deep commitment to engage the public in exploring and understanding the problems, events, and phenomena most important to society.

Teach-Outs are short learning experiences, each focused on a specific current issue. Attendees will come together over a few days not only to learn about a subject or event but also to gain skills. Teach-Outs are open to the world and are designed to bring together individuals with wide-ranging perspectives in respectful and deep conversation. These events are an opportunity for diverse learners and a multitude of experts to come together to ask questions of one another and explore new solutions to the pressing concerns of our global community. Come, join the conversation!

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5 out of 5 stars


Excellent and informative! As a resident of Pennsylvania so meaningful as to what the challenges look like nationwide. Thank you so much!