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The Census with Kittens: Not Just a Gimmick

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Amy West
University of Minnesota Libraries

Yes, illustrating a two hour virtual class session on the history of the Census Bureau and its surveys with cat pictures was initially a gimmick to maintain student engagement. Turns out though, cats are particularly effective at illustrating the more complex aspects of how the Census Bureau has developed, the functions that decennial censuses serve and the controversies they engender. I"ll demonstrate this unique qualification with comparisons to other charismatic fauna such as puppies, red pandas and otters.

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