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A 5-day summer school will be offered at Tufts University from August
7-11, 2017, with the principal purpose of training mathematicians to be
expert witnesses for court cases on redistricting and gerrymandering.
Topics covered in the summer school will include:
- the legal history of the Voting Rights Act and its subsequent renewals, extensions, and clarifications;
- an explanation of “traditional districting principles,” especially compactness;
- a course in metric geometry and mathematical ideas for perimeter-free compactness;
- basic rudiments of GIS and the technical side of how shapefiles work;
- training on being an expert witness;
- ideas for incorporating voting and civil rights into mathematics teaching.
Some of the sessions in the summer school will be open to the public,
and others will be limited to official participants. Partial funding
for participants’ expenses will be available. The summer school is aimed
at, but not limited to, people with doctoral training in mathematics.
Preference will be given to those who can stay for the full week.
Applications will be accepted from February 15 – March 31.