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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

St. Mary's College to Host Screening of "Gerrymandering" Documentary

On Wednesday, October 12, St. Mary's College of Maryland will host a screening of the award winning documentary "Gerrymandering." The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Professor Susan Grogan and me - Professor Todd Eberly.

The film, released in 2010, discusses the history and ethics of redrawing electoral district lines in order to give one party an advantage. “Gerrymandering, the act of drawing district lines strictly for partisan advantage, subverts representation and subjugates the interests of the people to the interests of political parties,” said Eberly.

The issue is a hot topic in Maryland, where a special session of the Maryland General Assembly will soon convene to consider a new congressional map drawn by a task force appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley.

I  have been very critical of the newly proposed map as well as the practice of partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and other states - and will explain why and take audience questions.

The event is free and open to the public.

The film screening begins at 4:40 and the discussion at 6PM.

The event will be held in Cole Cinema in the Campus Center.