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2019 Douglass Hunt Lecture with David Daley

April 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Carolina Seminars
The 2019 Douglass Hunt Lecture

Slaying the Gerrymander: Inside the battle to take back democracy
with David Daley

Thursday, April 4, 2019  |  5:30PM-7:00PM
The Stone Center, Hitchcock Room, UNC-CH

For this Douglass Hunt Lecture, Daley will discuss how Republicans reinvented and weaponized the gerrymander during the 2010 election, then took advantage of big data and sophisticated mapping technology to draw themselves nearly unbeatable district lines for congress and state legislatures nationwide. He will use state by state examples, including North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida to talk about how they pulled this off, how Democrats fell asleep, and what the consequences have been for public policy and political polarization during this era.  On the verge of the 2020 election and the next decade of redistricting, with gerrymandering back at the Supreme Court — including one case from North Carolina — where does the fight for fair maps stand?

David Daley is the author of the national best-seller “Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count” and the forthcoming “Unrigged: How Americans Fought Back, Slayed The Gerrymander, and Reinvented Democracy” (both W.W. Norton). His journalism on democracy and voting rights has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and many other leading publications. He is a senior fellow at FairVote, an Institute for the Liberal Arts fellow at Boston College, and the former editor in chief of Salon. He earned his B.A. in political science at Boston College and his M.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For information please email  carolinaseminars@unc.edu


April 4, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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