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One of the biggest challenges facing our democracy today occurs when congressional district lines that are drawn by elected officials to give one political party an unfair advantage over another. This is called "gerrymandering.” This Teach-Out explores the topic of gerrymandering, considering everything from its history of the original gerrymander, to past, present and future United States Supreme Court cases. You will hear from leading experts on gerrymandering as well as citizen groups who are on the front lines of redistricting debate. This Teach-Out originally ran in June of 2018, before the United States Supreme Court decided on the Gill v. Whitford case coming out of Wisconsin and while various ballot initiatives around redistricting reform were evolving. What’s new? This updated version contains all original content, plus updates from returning faculty instructors Nancy Wang and John Chamberlin, who examine the current status of the Gill v. Whitford case as well as other redistricting reform efforts (i.e. ballot initiatives, congressional action) from across the United States. If you previously participated in this Teach-Out, feel free to skip directly to the new update segment. The fundamental driving questions from the original Teach-Out remain the same for this updated version, have a look here: What is gerrymandering? What is happening now? Why is this such an important issue today and what does it mean for you? Why did the United States Supreme Court take up the gerrymandering case (Gill v. Whitford)? How has technology impacted the gerrymandering debate? What are states doing to address the issue? How can you implement change? A Teach-Out is: -an event – it takes place over a fixed, short period of time -an opportunity – it is open for free participation to everyone around the world -a community – it will be joined by a large number of diverse individuals -a conversation – an opportunity to give and take ideas and information from people The University of Michigan Teach-Out Series provides just-in-time community learning events for participants around the world to come together in conversation with the U-M campus community, including faculty experts. The U-M Teach-Out Series is part of our deep commitment to engage the public in exploring and understanding the problems, events, and phenomena most important to society. Teach-Outs are short learning experiences, each focused on a specific current issue. Attendees will come together over a few days not only to learn about a subject or event but also to gain skills. Teach-Outs are open to the world and are designed to bring together individuals with wide-ranging perspectives in respectful and deep conversation. These events are an opportunity for diverse learners and a multitude of experts to come together to ask questions of one another and explore new solutions to the pressing concerns of our global community. Come, join the conversation! Find new opportunities at Teach-Out.org....
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100% online courses

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Suggested: 2-4 Hours

Approx. 5 hours to complete
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
Clock
8 hours to complete

Introduction

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Reading
17 videos (Total 240 min), 18 readings, 1 quiz
Video17 videos
Historical Overview15m
Project Redmap31m
Why should you care? How does this affect your life?6m
What is Happening Now?22m
Court Cases in 201822m
Gill v. Whitford Case8m
North Carolina Case6m
How to Measure Gerrymandering11m
Technology Has Made it Easier, But Isn't the Solution?20m
What’s Been Done in Other States, With What Results?9m
How Do Independent Commissions Help?11m
What Are the Trade-Offs of Redistricting Reform?14m
Voters Not Politicians4m
Facebook Live Replay: June 7, 201834m
October 2018 Updates16m
Conclusion1m
Reading18 readings
Welcome to the Teach-Out!10m
Ground Rules for Discussion and Engagement10m
Instructor Bios - John, Nancy, and Lija10m
Historical Overview10m
Guest Bio - David Daley10m
Why should you care? How does this affect your life?10m
Guest Bio - Michael Li10m
Guest Bio - Nicholas Stephanopoulos10m
Update on the Gill v. Whitford case10m
How to Measure Gerrymandering - Nicholas Stephanopoulos10m
Guest Bio: Ben Blum-Smith10m
Restoring the Public Trust in the Redistricting Process10m
Guest Bios - Kathay Feng10m
Guest Bio - Ken Kollman10m
Guest Bios - Voters Not Politicians10m
Archived Facebook Live Video: Thursday, June 7, 201810m
October 2018 Updates10m
Call to Action10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Knowledge Check2m

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Section
Clock
25 minutes to complete

Further Readings and Resources

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Reading
1 reading
Reading1 reading
Further Readings and Resources10m

Instructors

John Chamberlin

Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Nancy Wang

Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School

Lija Hogan

Intermittent Lecturer in Information, School of Information, University of Michigan

About University of Michigan

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  • Teach-Outs are short learning experiences, each focused on a specific current issue. Attendees will come together over a few days to learn about a subject or event and gain skills. Teach-Outs are open to the world and are designed to bring together individuals with wide-ranging perspectives in respectful and deep conversation. These events provide opportunities for diverse learners and a multitude of experts to come together to ask questions of one another and explore new solutions to the pressing concerns of our global community.

  • The U-M Teach-Out Series is part of our deep commitment to engage the public in exploring and understanding the problems, events, and phenomena most important to society. Teach-Outs are just-in-time community learning events that encourage participants around the world to come together in conversation with the U-M campus community and faculty experts.

  • We're offering these Teach-Outs on a platform designed for learning, so sometimes we take advantage of the platform tools. Quizzes are one way of helping everyone "get on the same page" about the topic, and be better able to discuss and ask questions. You can take the quizzes as many times as you want in order to pass, or you can move past them if you aren't interested in testing your knowledge.

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  • No, this isn't a course, therefore we don't offer a Course Certificate.

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