This is a good extra credit project for classes:
Gerrymandering: The Movie
October 6, 2010
Special Free Screening/Discussion, sponsored by Ford School
One segment of the movie discusses prison-based gerrymandering. Due to census residence rules, prisoners are counted in their institutions, not where they come from/will move back to. This can have an effect on the districts with big prison populations, often in white, rural areas. For more info see the following website:
Prisoners of the Census
In May 2011, the Census Bureau will be publishing on its FTP site the state, county, tract and block level counts for group quarters. This national file will be the same file as will later appear as Table P41 in Summary File 1. This will allow jurisdictions to remove the group quarters populations (prisoners, college students, etc.) for the purpose of redistricting.
Finally, while gerrymandering is a real issue, sometimes what looks like gerrymandering is not. Take a look at an analysis of the Florida Congressional delegation following the 2000 election.
Tobler’s Law, Urbanization, and Electoral Bias: Why Compact, Contiguous Districts are Bad for the Democrats
Jowei Chen and Jonathan Rodden
We conduct legislative districting simulations using only the apolitical criteria of drawing compact and contiguous districts. We show that the Republican party naturally wins a disproportionately large share of legislative seats in Florida, even without gerrymandering. This result emerges because Democratic voters tend to live in highly concentrated, urban cores, thus “wasting” their electoral strength on a number of landslide Democratic districts. Republican voters are geographically dispersed more evenly throughout the hinterlands, allowing the Republican party to win a disproportionate share of districts by a slight margin.
Panel on Health Equity and Policy in the Arab World
Call for papers
International Seminar on Social and Health Policies for Equity: Approaches and Strategies
London, United Kingdom, 2-4 November 2009
Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Health Equity and Policy in the Arab World, the Social Research Center of the American University in Cairo, and University College London
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 July 2009.
Call for Papers
International Seminar on Gender and Empowerment in the 21st Century in Africa
Nairobi, Kenya, 24-26 August 2009
Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Gender
and the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Deadline for submission of abstract: 15 May 2009.
The International development and policy agenda has galvanized global attention to issues of gender inequality and women’s empowerment through various international policy platforms like the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment in achieving national and global development goals is underscored in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), with the third goal (MDG 3) specifically addressing the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A mid-point assessment of global progress on the MDGs noted that “doors are opening slowly for women in the labor market”. However, women still account for over 60% of unpaid family workers (UN DESA, 2007); only 17% of members of single or lower houses of parliament; and more girls than boys remain out of school (UNSD, 2007).
The Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Office of the Provost are pleased to invite you to Professor Yu Xie’s Distinguished University Professorship Lecture on April 1, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. in the Amphitheatre of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Building. The lecture title is Understanding Inequality in China.
Drawing on past research, I advance the following propositions in this talk: (1) inequality in China has been largely mediated by collective agencies, such as locales and work units; (2) traditional Chinese political discourse promoted merit-based inequality, with merit being defined as improving the collective welfare for the masses; and (3) many Chinese people today regard inequality as an inevitable consequence of economic development. Thus, it seems unlikely that social inequality alone would lead to political and social unrest in today’s China.
This is a workshop offered as part of ICPSR’s summer workshop program. It gives students an opportunity to learn advanced methods in demographic analysis:
This session is held July 20-Aug 13, 2009
Application deadline is May 4, 2009.
Examples of previous sessions of this historical demography workshops:
Link to summer program site.
Cyberseminar on “Theoretical and Methodological Issues of the Analysis of Population Dynamics and Supply Systems”2-13 February 2009
The Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) invites you to participate in this upcoming cyberseminar organized in collaboration with the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) to examine the theoretical and methodological aspects of research into the population-environment nexus. The starting point in this seminar is an interdisciplinary, social-ecological approach to population dynamics which allows structuring the nexus of population, environment and society in theoretically and methodologically novel ways. It focuses on the interactions among demographic changes and supply systems such as water, food, and energy. The approach seeks to be applicable to different population dynamics (e.g. migration, population growth and decline, urbanization, household structures), as well as to different socio-economic and cultural contexts. To read the full description of the seminar, access background papers and sign up to participate in this cyberseminar please go to:
Joint Summer School of the IUSSP and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) On: Frontiers of Formal Demography
Organizers: Graziella Caselli (IUSSP), Heiner Maier (MPIDR)
Date: 2-10 June 2009 (eight lecture days, Sunday free)
Place: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
Copyright and Publishing Essentials
Copyright law has a profound impact on the professional lives of university faculty, all of whom are both users and creators of copyrighted material. This session will provide an introduction to copyright questions that most affect scholarly authors, such as: What does copyright protect and for how long? Who owns the copyright? When do you need permission to use other people’s works in your writing and teaching? What is involved in transferring rights to others? How can you protect your interests in dealing with journals and publishers? How can you increase the impact of your work by use of Creative Commons licenses or by depositing your work in Deep Blue?
Two sessions scheduled for Fall 2008:
Wednesday, September 28th from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, in the Faculty Exploratory, Hatcher Graduate Library.
Thursday, November 6th from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, in the Faculty Exploratory, Hatcher Graduate Library.
IUSSP Scientific Panel on Historical Demography
Call for papers
International Seminar on
Demographic Responses to Sudden Economic and Environmental Change
Kashiwa, Chiba, JAPAN
21-23 May 2009
This seminar will examine the effects of sudden or unexpected economic and environmental change on the demographic behavior of individuals and families. Such changes may be social, political, or economic in origin, stemming for example from financial crises, food price fluctuations, harvest failure, regime change, or war. Alternatively they may be associated with natural disasters, stemming from tsunami, flooding, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Responses differ because while some changes were very rare and almost impossible to prepare for, others were common enough to plan for. We invite papers that examine how community, household, family and individual characteristics conditioned the effects of sudden external changes and led to demographic responses that varied not only across regions or communities, but within them as well.
Registration is open for the NCHS Data Users Conference to be held August 11-13, 2008 in Washington, DC. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required: