FAC CHATS with Dr. Ellen Veomett

Date & Time:
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 1 p.m.
Description: 

You are cordially invited to our Fall 2020 Fac Chats series, which highlights critical and current research being conducted by SMC faculty.

 

Make your Vote Count: Using Mathematics to Detect and Prevent Gerrymandering

How can mathematics be used to increase fairness in voting? Perhaps your instinct is that the math is simple: just count the votes. But when it comes to the geometry of redistricting and the impact of votes in each district, mathematics can be used to reveal voter suppression and disenfranchisement. In this Fac Chat, we'll discuss the practice of gerrymandering, how it happens, its history in the United States, and the tools that mathematicians have recently used in order to combat gerrymandering. Please join us as we learn one way that mathematics is fighting to protect our democracy!

Meeting ID: 933 8750 9885

Co-sponsored by the Intercultural Center and the SMC library Fac Chats is designed as a showcase for some of the critical approaches to research that SMC faculty accomplish behind the scenes, and as a forum for faculty, students, and staff from different disciplines to learn together in community and explore ideas that you might not encounter in class. They're sort of like TED Talks, in that they take some pretty complex ideas and present them in an accessible way--but we get the chance to go even deeper, with 30 minutes for the conversation and 15 minutes for Q&A.

 

Contact: 

Legacy Lee,Director, Delphine Intercultural Center

(925) 631-8358

lrl2@stmarys-ca.edu

FAC CHAT with Dr Ellen Veomott