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GerryRigged: Turning Democracy on Its Head

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Bill Ogelsby, Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Robertson School, will show his documentary, GerryRigged: Turning Democracy on Its Head, followed by a panel Q&A, and a light reception.

In Virginia, both Democrats and Republicans have engaged in the practice of gerrymandering to distort the electoral process, promote the party in power and turn competitive districts into non-competitive ones.  The Washington post has called ending gerrymandering “the biggest ethics issue facing the state.”  GerryRigged: Turning Democracy on Its Head, examines the historical context and consequences of gerrymandering through a multi-partisan lens that includes Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians and the Tea Party.  The documentary explores the impact on communities and individual lives by including testimonials from strategists, political consultants, and map drawers and by incorporating interviews with the men and women in politics who have the most to win, and perhaps also lose, through reform.

View the GerryRigged trailer here.

Monday, February 13, 2017
6:45pm – 9:00pm
Room 303, Cabell Library

Admission is free and all are welcome!

The event is sponsored by the Richard T. Robertson School of Media & Culture and co-sponsored by VCU Libraries and OneVirginia2021.