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Journalism Professor to host screening of documentary at Cabell Library next month

Jan 27, 2017

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Bill Oglesby, an associate professor of journalism in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, will be holding a screening of his documentary, "GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on Its Head," next month at Cabell Library.

Trailer

When and Where

February 13, 2017 from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM at the
 
James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)

901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284

Description

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, a documentary produced by VCU assistant professor of journalism Bill Oglesby, 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.

  • 6:45 p.m. - Opening remarks
  • 7:00 p.m. - Screening begins
  • 8:00 p.m. - Discussion
  • 8:30 p.m. - Reception

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593 prior to February 10, 2017.

Sponsors

This event is presented by the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences and co-sponsored by the VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture, VCU Libraries and OneVirginia2021.