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Conference on Redistricting Reform at Harvard University

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You are cordially invited to join the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for a for a day-long conference on gerrymandering, redistricting, and the fight for American democracy. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear and 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.

The day long program will close with a public talk at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences from 5 - 7:30 pm. A draft agenda for the day is below.

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Date: November 8, 2017
Location: Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

8:30: Coffee and light breakfast

9:15: Welcome

-Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School

-Douglas Elmendorf, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School

-Archon Fung, Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School

-Miles Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

9:45: Gerrymandering: A Tortuous History

-Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

10:45: Race and Redistricting

-Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School, Moderator

-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: Redistricting Through a Partisan Lens (lunch to be provided)

-Chris Jankowski, Republican Consultant and Former Director, Operation REDMAP

-Kelly Ward, Executive Director, National Democratic Redistricting Committee

1:30: The Landscape of Reform: Issues and States

-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, Brennan Center, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice

-Wendy Underhill, National Conference of State Legislatures

3:30: The Crisis of the Census

-John H. Thompson, Executive Director, Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics and Former Director of U.S. Census Bureau

-Arturo Vargas, President, National Association of Latino Elected Officials

Location: House of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (shuttles provided).

5:00: Reception

6:00: AAAS “Stated Meeting”: Redistricting & Representation

-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

-Moderator: Hon. Patti Saris, Chief Judge, U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

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