Experts discuss Census 2020, citizenship question

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DATE: 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 31

EVENT: “2020 Census: Citizenship, Science, Politics, and Privacy”

Preparations for the 2020 Census are underway amidst conversations, controversy and lawsuits over the possible addition of a citizenship question to the decennial survey. The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan will bring together Census officials, stakeholders and scholars to discuss what’s at stake in 2020.

The event is free and open to the public, and will also be livestreamed at

Speakers include:

Al Fontenot, associate director of decennial census programs at the U.S. Census Bureau, who will be the keynote speaker

Panel 1: Citizenship and Politics

  • Barbara Anderson, former chair of the U.S. Census Scientific Advisory Committee and the Ronald A. Freedman Collegiate Professor of Sociology and Population Studies
  • James House, the Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Survey Research, Public Policy and Sociology
  • Angela Ocampo, LSA collegiate postdoctoral fellow
  • Kurt Metzger, Mayor of Pleasant Ridge, Mich., and founder and director emeritus of
    Data Driven Detroit

Panel 2: Data Privacy and Science

  • David Johnson, director of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and research professor at ISR’s Survey Research Center
  • John Eltinge, assistant director for research and methodology at the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Joelle Abramowitz, director of ISR’s Michigan Research Data Center

PLACE: Institute for Social Research, Room 1430, 426 Thompson St., Ann Arbor

RSVP: If you require accommodations to attend, contact Anna Massey at

SPONSORS: Institute for Social Research, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

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