990 Summer 2020 The Politics of the 2020 US Census: Do you Really Count?
Wednesday, 2:00–3:30, July 22
Instructor: Helen Desfosses
The Constitution of the United States mandates a census every 10 years. The decennial census is a highly political document in many ways. First of all, it is the basis for politically crucial decisions regarding the makeup and boundaries of congressional and local districts. Second, the decisions on which questions to put into the census are methodological but are also highly political. The controversy around the use of sampling methods in the 2000 census illustrated some important political-geographical dimensions of the decisions about whether and how to be counted in the future.
Dr. Helen R. Desfosses has taught many OLLI courses on contemporary politics. She bases her courses on her PhD in political science, her many years of research and teaching, as well as the lessons learned through her years of media commentary, campaigning, and serving in elected political office.