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What Is a Fair Map?
February 18, 2024 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The latest on legislative redistricting in Wisconsin.
Dr. Matt Petering, Associate Professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at UW-Milwaukee and owner of District Solutions LLC.
Dr. Petering will discuss political redistricting in Wisconsin in 2024. What is redistricting and why is it important? What is gerrymandering? Is it a problem? He’ll explain technical challenges faced by mapmakers and show why drawing a fair Wisconsin map is so difficult. Dr. Petering advocates using advanced computer algorithms to generate near-optimal maps based on objective criteria. A set of Wisconsin maps created by his FastMap algorithm, which were recently disqualified by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on procedural grounds, are compared to the maps currently before the Court.
Host: Mark Mueller
In-Person or Online
In-Person: In Max Otto Hall.
Online: Also available on our YouTube channel.
For over 50 years, the Sunday Forum lecture series has showcased provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education, and more. The Sunday Forum is held at 10:00 a.m. September through May. Speakers give a 45-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience. The content of Forum lectures does not necessarily express the viewpoint of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, but are meant to offer thoughtful topics which our members often pursue further on their own.