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A Constitution Day Conversation wit Prof. Bill Whitford
September 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
In recognition of Constitution Day, please join us for a virtual talk on
“Partisan Gerrymandering: How It’s Done, Its Consequences, and What We Can Do About It”
Wednesday, September 16, 5-6:30 PM. Join online at https://rebrand.ly/joinb2ff4
The framers of the U.S. Constitution envisioned a political system that would fairly represent “We the People” – but just how fairly are people represented in today’s American democracy? In recognition of this year’s Constitution Day, Professor Bill Whitford will deliver a talk introducing attendees to one of the greatest contemporary challenges in Wisconsin and the United States: partisan gerrymandering. What does it mean for American democracy if political parties can easily draw electoral districts to their own favor? As Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin Law school and plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case Gill v. Whitford, Prof. Whitford will draw on his expertise and experience to illuminate this issue’s implications and what can be done. What role could the courts play to reform redistricting – and what have they done in some states? What role might direct legislation have? Above all, what can “we the people” do?
Prof. Whitford’s talk will be followed with a brief Q&A. If you have questions about this event, please contact Prof. Nolan Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is open to the public.