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Gerrymandering—the drawing of district lines for partisan political advantage—is a practice that distorts democracy but one that has over time become deeply embedded in the American political system. This lecture and discussion will look first at the power that comes with drawing lines, then discuss the ways in which the partisan line-drawing has become both more powerful and less subject to checks and balances, then address the question of how this affects democratic representation, and finally discuss efforts that have been undertaken to restore balance in this important but often ignored area of American politics. Kevin Deegan-Krause is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His research focuses on political parties and democracy in Europe with emphasis on Europe’s newer democracies and its newer parties. His ongoing research includes projects on party transformation, populism and the sources of electoral support for authoritarian leaders.
In the summer of 1915, the passenger boat Eastland called St. Joseph, Michigan home. Owned by the St. Joseph-Chicago Steamship Company, Eastland transported passengers daily between the cities of St. Joseph and Chicago. On July 24, 1915, the Western Electric Company chartered the boat to transport 2,500 of their employees to a company picnic in Michigan City. Eastland capsized while still tied to the dock, killing 844 people. This presentation by Dr. Caitlyn Perry-Dial will discuss the boat's history, the events of that day, and how after a century the tragedy remains the Great Lakes' greatest disaster in terms of loss of life. **Some of the images shown during the presentation are graphic**