'Calculating the Vote: Math and Gerrymandering' at Abington


The Pennsylvania Statewide Remedial Congressional Districts 

Credit: Pennsylvania Department of State

The practice of gerrymandering - manipulating the boundaries of political districts to favor a particular party, class, or race - is as old as the United States. With the midterm elections a few weeks away, Penn State Abington is hosting a timely discussion: Calculating the Vote: Mathematics and Gerrymandering.

Issues such as potential disenfranchisement of voters under the current system and how mathematics can inform the analysis of the situation will be discussed with a special focus on gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. Learn how mathematicians are literally helping reshape the political landscape to prevent redistricting abuse.

Speaker: Beth Campbell Hetrick, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Gettysburg College
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16
Time: Noon
Location: Lares Banquet Room

The "Calculating the Vote: Mathematics and Gerrymandering" event is as part of the Abington Common Read theme, "Justice in America." It is co-sponsored by the Academic Environment Committee of the Abington College Faculty Senate and the Division of Science & Engineering.

About Penn State Abington
Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible, and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st century public higher education within a world-class research university. With nearly 4,000 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 19 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more.