Skip to Content
March Thursday

Unpacking the Census: Melissa Nobles and Why Being Counted Counts


Starting in 1790, the US government has collected racial and ethnic data on every person in every household once every ten years.

A fundamentally political exercise, the census shapes the changing meaning of citizenship and determines where resources go. Join Melissa Nobles, MIT Professor of Political Science, Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and author of the book Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics, and FiveThirtyEight census reporter Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, for a conversation about what being counted means, how census information is used, and the ramifications of not participating.

Presented as part of the program series Unpacking the Census about the history, impact, and ramifications of being counted.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

6:30 pm


  • General Admission $15
  • Member Admission $10
reserve tickets