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15th Annual American Democracy Conference

Friday, December 6, 2013
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Alumni Hall
University of Virginia

On December 6th, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will present the 15th Annual American Democracy Conference, bringing together leading journalists and political experts to examine the outcome of the 2013 elections and what it means for the country, the parties, and public policy.

This event is free and open to the public.


8:45 a.m.: Doors open

9:15 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.: Panel I: Post Gubernatorial Discussion
Moderator:Jeff Schapiro, Richmond Times-Dispatch political reporter and columnist

- Kellyanne Conway, Republican strategist and pollster
- Thomas Guterbock, U.Va. Center for Survey Research director
- James Hohmann, Politico national political reporter
- Ellen Qualls, senior adviser to Terry McAuliffe's (D) gubernatorial campaign
- Geoffrey Skelley, Sabato's Crystal Ball associate editor

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Panel II: 2014 Mid Terms
Moderator: Professor Larry J. Sabato, U.Va. Center for Politics director

- Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard executive editor
- Christina Bellantoni, PBS NewsHour political editor
- Carl Cannon, RealClearPolitics Washington bureau chief
- Brit Hume, Fox News senior political analyst
- Dahlia Lithwick, Slate senior editor
- Michael Toner, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.: Panel III: Future of the American Electorate
Moderator: Kyle Kondik, Sabato's Crystal Ball managing editor

- Alan Abramowitz, Sabato's Crystal Ball senior columnist and Emory University professor
- Josh Barro, Business Insider politics editor
- Rhodes Cook, Sabato's Crystal Ball senior columnist and author of The Rhodes Cook Letter
- Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics senior election analyst
- Joe Trippi, Democratic strategist

2:00 p.m.: Closing

This event is free and open to the public.

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