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Thursday, November 16, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Doors open at 8:30 am | Lunch is provided
Alumni Hall | University of Virginia
211 Emmet Street South, Charlotteville, VA 22903


On November 16th, the University of Virginia Center for Politics is hosting its 19th Annual American Democracy Conference. Join Larry Sabato and a host of political panelists for a lively discussion about this year’s elections and its effects on political parties, public policy and the nation as a whole. Guests include: Katrina Pierson, former Trump campaign spokesperson, Symone Sanders, former Communications Director for Bernie Sanders’ campaign, Susan Page, Chief Editor of USA Today, Senator Evan Bayh and many others.

This event is free and open to the public.


8:30 a.m.: Doors open

9:00 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks: Larry J. Sabato, Director, UVA Center for Politics

9:15 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.: Panel I - Headig Into The Mid-Term Congressional Elections: Divided States of America
Moderator: Geoffrey Skelley, Associate Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball
  • Senator Evan Bayh, Former Democratic Senator from Indiana
  • David Byler, Staff Writer and Chief Elections Analyst for the Weekly Standard
  • Jerri Ann Henry, Senior Associate Director at APCO Worldwide
  • Henry Olsen, Democracy Fund Voter Study Group
  • Evan Siegfried, Republican Strategist and author of GOP GPS
10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.: Panel II – Trump Then And Now: The First Year Of The New Administration
Moderator: Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball
  • Jamelle Bouie, Chief Political Correspondent for Slate
  • Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard
  • Katrina Pierson, Former Trump Campaign Spokesperson
  • David Byler, Staff Writer and Chief Elections Analyst for the Weekly Standard

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Break

12:00 p.m - 12:30 p.m.: Keynote Speaker, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) via Skype

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:15 a.m - 1:30 p.m.: Presentation, Glen Bolger

1:30 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.: Panel III - Looking Toward 2020: Who's In, Who's Out?
Moderator: Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today
  • Glen Bolger, Republican pollster and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies
  • Mark Mellman, Pollster, president and CEO of The Mellman Group
  • Bakari Sellers, Former South Carolina 90th district House of Representative
  • Paul Singer, USA Today

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Closing 3:00 p.m.- End of Program

For questions or additional information please contact Glenn Crossman at or 434-243-3540.