Race, Place, and Political Boundaries.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – 2-6pm

Oscar Ritchie Hall, Kent State University

Part of our new Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio Series–a collaboration with the School of Peace and Conflict Studies (SPCS) and the Center for Pan-African Culture (CPAC).

We will explore the relationship between race and place, focusing on the significance of political boundaries–from redistricting to redlining. The event will be part teach-in/ facilitated discussion and part map-drawing workshop. Join us for all or part of the event.

Tentative Schedule:

  • 2:00-3:30pm: Panel Discussion and Facilitated Community Dialogue (250 Oscar Ritchie Hall)
    • Panel & Discussion Moderator: Dr. Shemariah Arki, Assistant Professor and Director of Center for Pan-African Culture
    • Kathleen Clyde, Ohio Citizens Redistricting Commission Co-Chair
    • Dr. Michael Ensley, Associate Professor of Political Science
    • Erik Gomez, Director of Governmental Affairs, KSU Undergraduate Student Government
    • more TBD
  • 4:30-6:00pm: Map-making Workshop (250 Oscar Ritchie Hall)
    • Workshop facilitated by Dr. Jen Mapes, Associate Professor of Geography
    • About the workshop: At the map-making workshop we’ll look at the power of boundaries to affect our lives, with a focus on the neighborhood scale. While we often focus on congressional districts when we talk about lines being drawn to preserve power, other more local boundaries can affect us too: city wards, school districts, public transit systems, and state representatives are all decided by sometimes-arbitrary and sometimes-purposeful line-drawing. These lines are often based on preserving the status quo, protecting neighborhood segregation by race and class, and responding to special interests. In this workshop, we’ll use tangible printed maps to look at these neighborhood/city-scale boundaries for our area, consider their impact, and imagine & create maps that are more equitable.

Event Co-Sponsors: Kent State Votes & the School of Multidisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities

This event is made possible with funding from Mark Lewine and the John Gray Paynther Program.

For more details, go to https://growingdemocracyoh.org/events/race-place-and-political-boundaries/

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