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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
Atrium Hall| 1300 Pennsylavnia Avenue NW Washington , DC 20004

On November 30th, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will present the 18th Annual American Democracy Conference, bringing together leading journalists and political experts to examine the outcome of the 2016 elections and what it means for the country, the parties, and public policy.

Bus transportation from Charlottesville and lunch provided.

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

9:05 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Kellyanne Conway, Campaign manager for President-elect Donald J. Trump’s campaign

9:30 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.: Panel I - Politics and the Fourth Estate
Moderator: Geoffrey Skelley, Associate Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball
  • Molly Ball, National Politics Staff Writer for The Atlantic
  • Jamelle Bouie, Chief Political Correspondent for Slate
  • Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post
  • Carlos Watson, Editor in Chief,
10:45 a.m.- 12:00 a.m.: Panel II – Divided States of America
Moderator: Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball
  • Alan Abramowitz, Sabato’s Crystal Ball senior columnist and Emory University professor
  • Glen Bolger, Republican pollster and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies
  • Angela Rye, Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies
  • Bakari Sellers, Political Analyst for CNN
  • David Byler, Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics
12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Lunch

12:30 a.m - 1:15 p.m.: Keynote Speaker, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)

1:15 a.m - 1:30 p.m.: Presentation, Alan Abramowitz

1:30 a.m - 2:15 p.m..: Interview by Larry J. Sabato
Khizr Khan, Gold Star father who spoke at the Democratic National Convention

2:15 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.: Panel III - Political Perspectives on 2016 and Beyond
Moderator: Carol Costello, CNN
  • Perry Bacon Jr., Senior Political Reporter, NBC News
  • Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard
  • Joe Borelli, Council member, 51st District and Minority Whip of New York City Council
  • Maria Cardona, Democratic strategist and principal at Dewey Square Group

3:30 p.m.- End of Program

This event is free and open to the public

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