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Presenter for The Forum to discuss gerrymandering in Wisconsin and beyond

| Denise Olson

Barry Burden

Dr. Barry Burden

The Forum series at UW-Eau Claire continues Feb. 13 with a presentation by Dr. Barry Burden, titled "The Unexpected Effects of Gerrymandering and What the Courts Might Do About It," at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Schofield Auditorium.

Burden is a professor of political science and director of the Elections Research Center at UW-Madison.

Could it be true in the U.S. that living on one side of a street or another can impact whether a person’s vote adds to the ultimate win or lose column for the candidate of their choice? It sure can.

Elections are won or lost district by district, and exactly how those lines and maps are drawn can impact election outcomes for generations. Burden will lend his expertise in helping to understand these concepts, particularly regarding the Wisconsin gerrymandering case that made it to the U.S. Supreme Court last summer.

The Wisconsin case, Gill v. Whitford, was remanded back to a state district court, but experts predict it will likely end up back in the Supreme Court. Any subsequent decision will affect the 2020 elections and beyond.

Burden's Forum presentation will outline the issues surrounding gerrymandering, the Wisconsin case and more about this important topic.

"I will still discuss what is happening in the courts, but I'd also like to talk more broadly about which common assumptions about the effects of gerrymandering are correct and which beliefs turn out to be wrong," Burden said of his upcoming presentation.

The Elections Research Center, founded by Burden and others, fosters cutting-edge academic analysis of national and state elections and supports a variety of activities including graduate student summer research, faculty travel, media analysis and a biennial symposium to showcase new research following each federal election. The work is supported by the Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics, an endowed position Burden has held since 2015.

Burden earned his doctorate at The Ohio State University and was a faculty member at Harvard University before joining UW-Madison in 2006.

A reception will be held following the event in the Dulany Inn of Davies Center. This is set to begin at 9 p.m. or immediately after the question-and-answer session has concluded.

All seats are general admission

Tickets available at the Service Center and at the door

Visit the Service Center in Davies Center’s east lobby
Call 715-836-INFO [4636] or 800-949-UWEC [8932]
$8  General Public
$6  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the show

*Programs and dates subject to change as necessary