Barbara Mikulski, longtime U.S. Senator from Maryland and a professor of public policy at Johns Hopkins University, will offer keynote remarks at an event about the U.S. census and its critical importance to democracy in America and in Baltimore on Monday, Feb. 24. She will be joined at the event by experts from Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore City's Census Project, who will participate in a panel discussion.
The event will be held in Levering Hall's Glass Pavilion beginning at 6 p.m. and will include free food, T-shirts, and other giveaways.
Every 10 years, the U.S. government endeavors to count every person in the country via census. Data from the census is used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, to draw congressional district maps, and to determine how to equitably distribute approximately $700 billion in government support each year. This year's census period begins on April 1.
Panelists Mary Elizabeth Hughes, associate scientist in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Austin Davis, 2020 census manager for Baltimore City's Department of Planning, will discuss why the census matters for democracy and answer questions from the audience. The conversation will be moderation by Stuart Schrader, lecturer and associate research scientist in JHU's Department of Sociology.
This event is sponsored by the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University.