Conference on Redistricting Reform at Harvard

Date: 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (All day)

Location: 

Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

You are cordially invited to join the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for a day-long conference on gerrymandering, redistricting, and the fight for American democracy. As the Supreme Court prepares to hand down its decision in the most important case on political gerrymandering in a generation, join us for a convening of scholars, practitioners, and activists from around the country, as we seek to understand a path forward on redistricting reform. Our panelists will provide unique insight into the history of gerrymandering, the role of race in redistricting, the current crisis of the Census, and examine the landscape for reform. 

We also invite you to join us later in the evening on November 8th for a discussion entitled "Redistricting and Representation" at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The conference is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. You can register and receive a ticket via Eventbrite. 

Below, you can find a schedule of the day and evening's events. You can also find the day's program guide here

This event will be livestreamed. To tune in visit the Ash Center Facebook page during the conference. To join the conversation on social, tweet @HarvardAsh and use #FairMaps. 

This event is co-sponsored by The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School (IOP), The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Electoral Politics Professional Interest Council at Harvard Kennedy School. 

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AGENDA

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • 8:30 – 9:15 AM - Check In and Coffee
  • 9:15 – 9:45 AM - Welcome Remarks
    • Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School
    • Douglas Elmendorf, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
  • 9:45 – 10:15 AM - Gerrymandering: A Tortuous History
    • Introduction by Archon Fung, Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Speaker: Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • 10:15 – 10:30 AM - Break
  • 10:30 AM – 11:45 PM - Race and Redistricting 2021
    • Moderator: Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School
    • Speakers: 
      • Terry Ao Minnis, Director of Census and Voting Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice 
      • Janai Nelson, Associate Director/Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
      • Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • 12:00 – 1:15 PM - Lunch Session: Redistricting Through a Partisan Lens
    • Moderator: Archon Fung, Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Speakers:
      • Chris Jankowski, Republican Consultant and Former Director, Operation REDMAP
      • Kelly Ward, Executive Director, National Democratic Redistricting Committee
  • 1:30 – 3:15 PM - Landscape of Reform: Issues and States
    • Moderator: EJ Dionne, Columnist, Washington Post, William H. Bloomberg Visiting Professor, HDS
    • Featured Presentation: Gill v. Whitford and its Potential Impact
      • Ruth Greenwood, Senior Legal Counsel, Voting and Redistricting, Campaign Legal Center
  • Speakers:
    • Moon Duchin, Associate Professor and Director, Program in Science, Technology, & Society, Tufts University
    • Cathy Duvall, Redistricting Reform Project
    • Dan Vicuña, National Redistricting Manager, Common Cause
    • Michael Li, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice
    • Wendy Underhill, Redistricting and Elections Director, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • 3:15 3:30 PM - Break
  • 3:30 – 4:30 PM - Census 2020: Challenges to a Fair and Accurate Count
    • Moderator: Cornell William Brooks, Visiting Fellow and Director of Campaigns and Advocacy Program (CAP) at Harvard Institute of Politics and Former President and CEO of the NAACP
    • Speakers:
      • John H. Thompson, Executive Director, Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics and Former Director of U.S. Census Bureau
      • Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund
  • 4:30 – 4:45 PM - Closing Remarks
  • 4:45 – 5:00 PM - Optional Shuttles to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM - American Academy of Arts and Sciences Reception
  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM - AAAS Stated Meeting: Redistricting and Representation
    • Moderator: Hon. Patti Saris, Chief Judge, U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
    • Speakers:
      • Moon Duchin, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Tufts University
      • Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
      • Gary King, Weatherhead University Professor and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University
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