Kieval Lecture Series

The Kieval Lecture Series is funded through a bequest of the late Dr. Harry S. Kieval ’36, a longtime professor of mathematics at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, who died in 1994. In addition to this lecture series, his estate provides funding to Cornell University for a similar lecture in physics, as well as annual prizes awarded to outstanding seniors in both mathematics and physics.

Upcoming Lectures

Moon Duchin, Tufts University
Political Geometry: Mathematical Interventions in Gerrymandering [poster]

When: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: G71 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall

The U.S. has a unique electoral system that sets up congressional contests in frequently-redrawn regions. It's a long-standing principle that the shapes of districts should be somehow reasonable, but this is very hard to formulate in a way that (a) is mathematically robust, (b) tracks together with our normative ideals about representative democracy, and (c) could persuade legislators, judges, and the public. This is only one of many places where mathematicians can make a meaningful intervention in the redistricting process. I'll discuss the problem as a geometer and from the point of view of social studies of science.

Please join us for refreshments at 3:15 p.m. in 532 Malott Hall.

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Heather Peterson.

Previous Lectures in the Series