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POLIS Impacting Policy

The Beyond Gerrymandering project impacts the Morrisville Town Council Redistricting. This rapidly growing town had a census completed last year and found that their four council districts were widely out of balance on population. The Council decided to redistrict now rather than wait for the 2020 census. Citing the Duke/Common Cause Beyond Gerrymandering project with Tom Ross, they followed criteria similar to what the non-partisan jurists used to create an impartially drawn map. The proposal passed 5-2, with three Democrats and two Republicans in the majority. 


Now through the 5th: Early voting at the Devil’s Den, 309 Oregon Dr. It’s OK if you’re not registered – you can register same day.  Shuttle Info at STUDENTS: BRING YOUR DUKE ID. And a friend! More details here:

Wednesday the 2nd: Registration begins for Spring 2017. Students might be interested in PubPol 590.02: Democracy Lab taught by Professor Mayer, which will take on interesting challenges to democracy. See more in this attachment:

Thursday the 3rd: City of Man: The Practice of Politics Before, During, and After the 2016 Election with Peter Wehner. 5:00pm-6:30pm, Sanford Rhodes Conference Room. Sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, the Center for Christianity and Scholarship, and POLIS.

Tuesday the 8th: ELECTION DAY and Election Night Party @ Sanford. It’s the place to be. Sponsored by Sanford, POLIS, DPU, DIRA, DSG, DPR, YOUnite, Duke Democrats, Duke Republicans, and the Senior Class Council.

Thursday the 10th: Vesla Weaver will speak as part of the Big Problems to Democracy Series led by Professors Nick Carnes and Deondra Rose. 12:00pm-1:00pm, Gross Hall 270. Sponsored by POLIS, Political Science, Sanford, and the Scholars Strategy Network of the Research Triangle.

Monday the 14th: Tomas van Houtryve, artist, photographer, and author will speak about the use of drones and the fallout of post-9/11 anti-terrorist policies. Sponsored by FSP. 12:00pm-1:15pm, Old Chem 011. Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, and Duke Human Rights Center@FHI.

Tuesday the 15th: Post-Election Roundtable. Come hear Faculty members’ views of the election results. 12:00pm-1:30pm, West Union Multipurpose Room 067. Pizza will be provided. Sponsored by POLIS.

Thursday the 17th: How to Get a Job on the Hill, hosted by the Sanford Career Office. Location and time TBD; pizza will be provided.

Wednesday the 30th: Student Gerrymandering Student Project Presentation. Come here how the Bass Connections team is using big data to take a hard look at gerrymandering in North Carolina. 2:00pm, Rubenstein 153.

Thursday, December 1st: Divided We Fall: Restoring Trust in Our Democracy. Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture by Tom Ross. Fleishman Commons at Sanford, 5:30-6:45. Reception to follow. Sponsored by Sanford, POLIS, and the Policy Bridge.

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