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17th Annual American Democracy Conference

Thursday, November 19, 2015
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
Atrium Ball Room | 1300 Pennsylavnia, NW Washington , DC 20004

On November 19th, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will present the 17th 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.

This event is free and open to the public.



9:30 a.m.: Doors open

10:00 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks: Professor Larry J. Sabato

10:15 a.m.- 11:30 p.m.: Panel I - Democratic Nomination Process
Moderator: Margie Omero, Purple Strategies
  • Jamelle Bouie
  • Maria Cardona
  • Mark Mellman
  • Hilary Rosen

11:30 a.m - 12:15 p.m..: Keynote Speaker
Senator Trent Lott, Former Senator for Mississippi (R)

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

12:30 a.m.- 1:45 p.m.: Panel II - Republican Nomination Process
Moderator: Kyle Kondik, Sabato's Crystal Ball
  • Fred Barnes
  • Alex Castellanos
  • Kellyanne Conway
  • Thomas Davis, Former United States Representative for Virginia (R)
  • Crystal Wright

1:45 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.: Panel III - The General Election Outlook
Moderator: Professor Larry J. Sabato, U.Va. Center for Politics
  • Alan Abramowitz
  • Robert Costa
  • Josh Kraushaar
  • Jill Lawrence
  • Steven Shepard
3:15 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.