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Center for Politics Announces Release of "Pendulum Swing"

Sabato and National Team of Experts Examine Titanic Shift in American Politics


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Today the University of Virginia Center for Politics released its latest book, Pendulum Swing, drawing on the collective wisdom of nearly two dozen of the nation's top political analysts, journalists, and academics for comprehensive analysis of the 2010 midterm elections and the subsequent policy implications. As President Barack Obama makes his first address to the 112th Congress, this timely publication by Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato and a national team of contributing experts delves into the overlooked details of the 2010 elections. Looking back at the titanic political shift in Washington, DC and around the nation, the authors explore how that shift could affect the 2012 presidential election. The book is the newest in an ongoing annual election series developed by the Center for Politics and published by Pearson/Longman publishers (www.pearsonhighered.com).

"The 2010 midterm election was one of the most significant in modern American history. The voters spoke emphatically and what they said will have great consequences for years to come. This is an election that deserves extensive treatment, and that is what we have tried to deliver in Pendulum Swing," Sabato said.

Separating political myth from reality, Pendulum Swing tackles topics such as the Tea Party, campaign finance, health care, the economy, the role of the media, each party's political strategies, and how those factors contributed to the Republican wave last November.

Contributing authors include:

Dr. Alan Abramowitz, Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University and senior columnist for Larry Sabato's "Crystal Ball"
Rhodes Cook, Editor of the Rhodes Cook Letter and senior columnist for Larry Sabato's "Crystal Ball"
Dr. Thad Beyle, Thomas J. Pearsall Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina
Isaac Wood, Director of Communications at U.Va.'s Center for Politics and Editor of the "Crystal Ball"
Dr. Michael Cornfield, The Michael Cornfield Company; Adjunct Professor of Political Management, The George Washington and George Mason University
Michael Toner, Former Chairman of the FEC; currently Head of the Election Law and Government Ethics Practice at Bryan Cave LLP
Dr. Diana Owen, Associate Professor of Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University
Dr. Jack Pitney, Crocker Professor of Politics at Claremont McKenna College
Dr. Seth Masket, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver
Dr. Sam Hoff, George Washington Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Delaware State University
Dr. Susan MacManus, Distinguished Professor of Government and Int'l Affairs at the University of South Florida
Dr. Paul Green, Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University
Brian Howey, Editor of Howey Politics Indiana
Dr. Caroline Tolbert, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa
with assistance from: Amanda Keller, graduate student at Univ. of Iowa
Dr. Laurie Rhodebeck, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville
Dr. Paul Herrnson, Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship; and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland College Park
Dr. Thomas Schaller, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County
Dr. Agnes Bain, Professor of Government at Suffolk University
Dr. Michael Traugott, Professor of Communication Studies; and Research Professor at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan
Jo Mannies, Senior political reporter at the St. Louis Beacon
Jon Ralston, Political columnist at the Las Vegas Sun and host of the TV program "Face to Face with Jon Ralston"
Dr. Dante Scala, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire
Dr. Jeffrey Stonecash, Maxwell Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University
Jonathan Riskind, Washington Bureau Chief of the Columbus Dispatch
Joe Hallett, Senior Editor of the Columbus Dispatch
Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs; and Professor of Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College
Steve Peoples, Former political reporter for the Providence Journal; now National Political Reporter for Roll Call
John O'Connor, Political columnist at The State newspaper
Jay Root, Political reporter at the Associated Press


Center for Politics Announces Plans for "Kennedy Half-Century"

– New Book by Larry Sabato, National PBS Documentary –

– Eyewitness Interviews Begin in Dallas This Week –

– Golden Anniversary Series Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Landmark Political Events Beginning with Great Debates of 1960 –


CHARLOTTESVILLE – On the eve of 50th anniversary of the election of President John F. Kennedy, the University Center for Politics announced details for a major new book on JFK by Center Director Larry J. Sabato and the production of a national television documentary focused on the legacies of President Kennedy and his administration. Also, later this week Sabato will tape a special for NBC's "Meet the Press" commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Great Debates of 1960; and then travel to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas, where he will begin a series of interviews with eyewitnesses to the Kennedy assassination. Today's announcement is part of the Center's Golden Anniversary Series, a comprehensive series of events, productions and publications illuminating the landmark political events of the 1960s.

Sabato's new book, THE KENNEDY HALF-CENTURY: The Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy, will be published in 2013 by Walker & Company, a division of Bloomsbury Publishing. Based on interviews with major political and media figures and ordinary citizens alike, along with new archival finds, the book will tell the compelling story of how John F. Kennedy's life and administration, as well as his tragic death on November 22, 1963, have influenced the general public, the media, and every president who has followed him. Working in partnership with the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas, Sabato is scheduled to begin a series of in-depth interviews this week with many of the key players and eyewitnesses who were in Dealey Plaza and personally witnessed the Kennedy assassination.

Among the completely original features of this book will be the most extensive study ever conducted of the public's view of an historical figure. The accomplished pollsters Peter D. Hart and Geoff Garin will supervise large-sample public opinion polls of Americans—those alive on November 22, 1963 and those who have come of age since. The polls will be supplemented by focus group interviews of Americans conducted at various locales across the country.

Updated news on the book project and discussions of Kennedy's legacy are available on Facebook by visiting http://www.facebook.com/jfkbook.

The Center for Politics is again working with longtime partner PBS to develop a major television special marking the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. The documentary will be available to television stations throughout the country. Last year's production, Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance, marking the 50th anniversary of the end of Massive Resistance, received a 2010 Emmy Award nomination for Best Documentary.

"The political events of the 1960s changed American society in both positive and negative ways. Beginning with the first televised presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960 all the way through Woodstock and the Moon Landing of 1969, the 1960s were among the most politically transformative years in American history," said Larry J. Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics.

Center for Politics' Golden Anniversary Series

Sabato's new book on Kennedy is the vanguard of the Center for Politics' new Golden Anniversary Series, which commemorates the landmark political events of the 1960s with programs, symposia, television documentaries, public lectures, travel opportunities and teaching resources offered by the Center for Politics to a nationwide audience. In addition to public events and lectures, the Center for Politics will create new lesson plans and other teaching resources for distribution through its national and international network of teachers who participate in the Center for Politics' Youth Leadership Initiative.

Fall 2010 Events

September 2010

The Great Debates: A New Era in Political Communication

On Friday, September 24, 2010, the Center for Politics and NBC's "Meet the Press" will examine the "Great Debates of 1960" and how these seminal television debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon continue to resonate. Former presidential aides, journalists, historians and media analysts will discuss how the debates forever changed elections and political discourse, as well as how technological advancements continue to shape politics today. The broadcast will be available for viewing online beginning September 26 at http://www.mtp.msnbc.com.

Next week, September 30, 2010, the Center for Politics will host a special analysis of the first Kennedy-Nixon debate at the University of Virginia.

November 2010

Remembering the Freedom Rides

As a featured event at the 2010 Virginia Film Festival, the Center for Politics will host a screening of Stanley Nelson's "Freedom Riders," followed by what promises to be a memorable and enlightening panel discussion with distinguished panelists who were part of this pivotal Civil Rights movement fifty years ago. The Freedom Rides pushed Civil Rights to the forefront of the Kennedy administration's agenda early on. The screening will take place in Charlottesville, Virginia during the Film Festival. Details will be released later this fall.

Background

The Golden Anniversary series officially launched in April 2010 featuring a performance by legendary musician Peter Yarrow of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. The Golden Anniversary Series will reflect sequentially on 50th anniversaries of key political and social events, examining the legacies of these events for each year of the 1960s. Topics will include landmark civil rights marches and speeches, the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign in 1964, the Vietnam War, the start of Ronald Reagan's political career and the election of Richard Nixon, with many more covered along the way. Other organizations partnering with the Center for Politics for events of the Golden Anniversary Series include: The Richard Nixon Foundation; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library; Harvard University's Institute of Politics; PBS Community Ideas Stations; University of Virginia Art Museum; Virginia Film Festival, and others to be announced. For more information on the Center for Politics' Golden Anniversary Series visit http://www.centerforpolitics.org/golden.html.

Founded in 1998 by political analyst and Professor Larry J. Sabato, the University of Virginia Center for Politics is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to promote the value of politics, improve civics education, and increase civic participation through comprehensive research, pragmatic analysis, and innovative educational programs.

Larry Sabato is the author of A MORE PERFECT CONSTITUTION: Why the Constitution Must Be Revised: Ideas to Inspire a New Generation, which the Philadelphia Inquirer called "a fascinating and thought-provoking analysis." Sabato has also authored or edited more than a dozen other books on American politics, including the well known FEEDING FRENZY, about press coverage of politicians; THE RISE OF POLITICAL CONSULTANTS; and THE YEAR OF OBAMA. Sabato runs the acclaimed Crystal Ball website, which had the most accurate record of election prediction in the nation in both 2006 and 2008.


UVA Center for Politics Teams with "Meet the Press" to Mark 50th Anniversary of Great Debates


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Fifty years ago television changed the landscape of political campaigns and elections. The Great Debates of 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon were the first of their kind, and their effects continue to resonate today.

The U.Va. Center for Politics and NBC's "Meet the Press" will present a special program on the 50th anniversary of the 1960 debates. "The Great Debates: A New Era in Political Communication" will take place in NBC's historic Studio A in Washington, DC – the location of the second debate on October 7, 1960 between Kennedy and Nixon – on September 24, 2010 and will be available for viewing online beginning September 26 at http://www.mtp.msnbc.com.

Moderated by "Meet the Press" host David Gregory, the panel will include Ted Sorensen, counsel and speechwriter to JFK; Sander Vanocur, one of the original media panelists from the first debate; David Gergen, speechwriter during the Nixon administration; and Dr. Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics. This expert panel will discuss what happened behind the scenes, political image-making, effects of the debates and how technology continues to shape politics today.

This program was made possible through collaboration with the Nixon Foundation and the JFK Library and is part of an ongoing effort by the U.Va. Center for Politics and its partners to mark the 50th anniversary of many of the landmark political and social events of the 1960s. For more information on the Center for Politics' Golden Anniversary Series visit http://www.centerforpolitics.org/golden.html.


UVA Center for Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Present Constitution Day


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – On Thursday, September 16th the U.Va. Center for Politics and Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will present a Constitution Day event. Batten School Dean Harry Harding will lead a panel discussion about contemporary issues relating to the Bill of Rights with a specific focus on the First Amendment and the delicate balancing act needed to manage both the free exercise and establishment clauses.

The panel will take place at the U.Va. Small Special Collections Library in the Harrison Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 16. The event is free, open to the public, and members of the media are welcome. An audience question and answer session will follow the discussion. Panelists will include:

  • Kim Colby, Senior Counsel at the Christian Legal Society
  • Douglas Laycock, Armistead M. Dobie Professor of Law and Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia
  • William Rhatican, Master Teacher at the Constitutional Academy and former aide to President Nixon
  • Josh Wheeler, Associate Director, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
Center for Politics Hosts Constitution Day

"Our Constitution and the Bill of Rights are brilliant founding documents for our country, but they can give rise to lively controversy and debate," Harding said. "Recent controversies over holiday displays on government property, the construction of an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York, and the denial of government funding and official recognition to religious groups at a state university are but the most recent examples of these constitutional controversies."

Larry J. Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics, said, "An annual reexamination of the Constitution is undoubtedly worthwhile, especially with the assistance and insight of such able scholars."


UVA Center for Politics to Host Civic Education Workshop in Charleston with Support from the Comcast Foundation


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The University of Virginia Center for Politics' Youth Leadership Initiative is hosting a statewide civic education workshop for West Virginia teachers in Charleston, WV on Thursday, August 12. The event is being held with the support of a $90,000 grant awarded by the Comcast Foundation to the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

Center for Politics Receives Comcast Grant

Thursday's events will take place at the Holiday Inn Charleston House from 9 AM to 3 PM with a keynote speech by Governor Joe Manchin III at 9:30 AM and a check presentation ceremony at 10:45 AM. Other speakers will include Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, retired NFL player Brad Butler, and Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato.

"We are grateful to Comcast for its generous contribution," said Sabato, "The Comcast Foundation grant will help us to educate even more young people about the importance of civic engagement and becoming active in the political process."

The entire day's events are open to the media. For a complete schedule of the day's speeches and presentations please contact Isaac Wood at isaac@virginia.edu.

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) develops free K-12 civic education resources designed to encourage student interest and participation in the American political process. The grant from the Comcast Foundation will allow YLI to host teacher workshops over the next three years across West Virginia. The first programs were held from July 13 to July 16 earlier this summer in Beckley, Huntington, Wheeling, and Martinsburg.


UVA Center for Politics Receives Comcast Foundation Grant for Civic Education

Center for Politics' Youth Leadership Initiative to host civic education workshops for West Virginia teachers this summer


07/12/10 | CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Comcast Foundation has awarded a $90,000 grant to the University of Virginia Center for Politics to support its Youth Leadership Initiative. The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) develops free K-12 civic education resources designed to encourage student interest and participation in the American political process. The grant from the Comcast Foundation will allow YLI to host teacher workshops over the next three years across West Virginia. The first programs will be held from Tuesday, July 13 to Friday, July 16 in Beckley, Huntington, Wheeling, and Martinsburg. In August, YLI will host a statewide conference in Charleston featuring Gov. Joe Manchin III and others.

"We are grateful to Comcast for its generous contribution," said Larry J. Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics, "The Comcast Foundation grant will help us to educate even more young people about the importance of civic engagement and becoming active in the political process."

All four regional workshop conferences will take place at the local Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and are open to the press:

Tuesday, July 13: Beckley, WV at RESA I (400 Neville Street)

Wednesday, July 14: Huntington, WV at RESA II (2001 McCoy Road)
View W.V. Public Broadcasting news article.

Thursday, July 15: Wheeling, WV at RESA VI (30 GC&P Road)

Friday, July 16: Martinsburg, WV at RESA VIII (109 S. College Street)


Center Intern Yiyu George Wang Recounts His Naturalization at Jefferson's Monticello.


07/09/10 | CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - As a civically apathetic child for the majority of my years, I never thought much of becoming a U.S. citizen. From my point of view, U.S. citizenship was merely something that would have forced me to go through the much longer and slower moving "Foreign Arrivals" line when I visited China. It was not really until the 2008 election that I discovered a real interest in politics. I suppose the excitement of everyone around me finally caught on. Friends who I never thought cared at all about public policy were hotly debating the pros and cons of this and that idea. Many of my friends who turned 18 before the election boasted that they had voted for the first time. I was, simply put, very jealous.

Musician Peter Yarrow

Fast forward to the present: I took my oath of citizenship on the steps of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, one of our greatest founding fathers. Perhaps even more important to me, Jefferson was the founder of the University of Virginia. Words cannot do justice to the emotions I felt that day.

It is a tribute to the unparalleled freedom of the United States that the newly naturalized citizens were allowed to make some remarks to the public. I volunteered to speak because I wanted to show my appreciation for my family, especially my mother and father for their support throughout the years.

However, I also wanted to address the public at large and leave them something meaningful, something to think about. I believe that the phrase "With great power, comes great responsibility," applies not only to the powerful, but to all of us. With our great privileges of liberty comes our duty of participation. Interning this summer at the Center for Politics, with its mission of promoting the value of politics and the importance of civic engagement has certainly helped to reinforce that belief. During my remarks, it was a spur of the moment idea to quote President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." Those are words I hope to live by, as a new U.S. citizen.


State Department grant allows South Asian students to study U.S. history, society and politics with new media focus at Center for Politics.


06/09/10 | CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The University of Virginia's Center for Politics is hosting a Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on New Media as part of a broader U.S. Department of State initiative designed to promote a better understanding of the U.S. abroad and to help develop future world leaders. The Center for Politics has organized a program that includes the study of U.S. history, government, and society with a particular focus on New Media. Twenty undergraduate students from Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka will also have the opportunity to experience Charlottesville hospitality and recreational opportunities.

The Department of State is supplying the grant under the Fulbright-Hays Act with the purpose "to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

Some highlights of the Center for Politics program will include lectures by distinguished scholars and practitioners in the fields of media and politics, such as Virginia Supreme Court Justice Bill Mims, former U.S. Senator and Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker, former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ashley Wills, political journalist Craig Crawford, actress Daphne Maxwell Reid, Chief Stephen Adkins of the Chickahominy Tribe and Politics Professor Larry Sabato. The students will also receive hands-on experience in new media, serving in local internships with a variety of media outlets and organizations, and in community service.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes are designed and funded by the Study of the U.S. Branch in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Study of the U.S. Institute participants are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, ECA has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Other ECA programs include the Fulbright Program and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. For more information about ECA programs, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/.


"Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance" Nominated for "Best Documentary" EMMY Award


06/04/10 | CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The University of Virginia Center for Politics' latest documentary, "Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance," has been nominated for an EMMY Award. The documentary was produced in conjunction with the Community Idea Stations, and directed by Mason Mills, a longtime partner of the Center for Politics. The nomination through the Capital chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was announced on May 10, and winners will be announced at the 52nd EMMY Awards Dinner held in Washington, DC on June 5.

Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance

The one-hour documentary, "Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance," explores the tragedies and triumphs of the children of Virginia who found themselves on the front lines of a cultural war that desegregated Virginia's public schools, and forever altered American history. "Locked Out" features personal interviews with former students, Virginia Governors Linwood Holton and Douglas Wilder, and recognized civil rights historians.

Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato said, "We are very proud to receive this prestigious nomination. Segregation and Massive Resistance left an indelible stain on the South. Every citizen should hear firsthand about the mistakes of the past so that, working together, we can ensure that they never happen again."

Over the past year, "Locked Out" has aired on PBS stations across the nation and was shown as a featured film at the Virginia Film Festival last fall. In addition, many Virginia organizations and schools have hosted screenings to bring attention to this crucial time in American history.

John Felton, Vice President and General Manager of the Community Idea Stations said, "We are proud of our national public television production relationship with the Center for Politics. We leverage their unique abilities on an intellectual level combined with our ability at The Community Idea Stations to produce documentaries that resonate with hundreds of thousands of public television viewers. An EMMY nomination is quite coveted in the television industry, especially so given that we are judged by our media peers."


Center for Politics Presents Music and Politics of the 1960s

Legendary artist Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary to perform


04/21/10 | CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA –The U.Va. Center for Politics is pleased to present Peter Yarrow of the 1960s musical group, Peter, Paul and Mary, on Wednesday, April 28 at 8 p.m. at Old Cabell Hall for a look back at the Music and Politics of the 1960s. The event is the start of the Center's Golden Anniversaries Series - a new, annual series of programs, symposia, documentaries, public lectures, travel opportunities and teaching resources aimed as commemorating the landmark political events of the 1960s.

Musician Peter Yarrow

For 49 years, Peter Yarrow was a member of the Grammy award-winning folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. The late Coretta Scott King once proclaimed, "Peter, Paul and Mary are not only three of the greatest folk artists ever, but also three of the performing arts' most outstanding champions of social justice and peace."

During the last decade, Peter has devoted himself primarily to founding and heading the work of Operation Respect, an educational non-profit dedicated to assuring children and youth a caring, safe and respectful climate of learning where students' academic, social and emotional development can take place in a welcoming environment, conducive to learning.

Introduction by Professor Larry J. Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics. The event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required from the University of Virginia Arts Box Office. Please visit http://tickets.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu/ for more information.

Questions? Please e-mail cfp-programs@virginia.edu or call (434) 243-3540.


Former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder to speak at U.Va.

First African-American governor in U.S. history to address Larry Sabato's class


03/03/10 | CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder will speak to Larry Sabato's Introduction to American Politics class on Wednesday, March 3 at 3 PM at the Wilson Hall Auditorium on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. The first African-American governor elected in the United States since Reconstruction and a grandson of slaves, Wilder will discuss his experiences in Virginia politics and share his trademark perspective on current issues facing the country and the Commonwealth. The event is hosted and sponsored by the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

Wilder, a Democrat, served as Virginia's 66th governor from 1990 to 1994. Before his time as governor, he served as a state senator from Richmond for 16 years before being elected to the Lieutenant Governorship in 1985, becoming the first African-American to win statewide election in Virginia history. In 2004, Wilder was elected to serve as the mayor of Richmond, a position to which he did not seek reelection in 2008. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Even after leaving public office Wilder has remained an outspoken voice on the issues facing Virginia, including gun control and taxes. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, he was courted by both the Republican and Democratic candidates before ultimately declining to make an endorsement.


"Careers in Politics and Policy" to highlight U.Va. graduates

Center for Politics, Batten School, and University Career Services partner for panel


03/02/10 | CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – A panel of University of Virginia graduates will show current students a path towards careers in public service at an event sponsored by the U.Va. Center for Politics, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and University Career Services. The free student event "Careers in Politics and Policy" will be held on Tuesday, March 2 at 6 PM in the Kaleidoscope Room in Newcomb Hall on the University of Virginia grounds.

Students will be able to see how these panelists reached their current positions and hear advice on how to chart their own course. The event will also offer current students the opportunity to network and make connections with graduates who already have careers in their field of interest. Panelists have jobs in political campaigns, local government, legislative offices on Capitol Hill, and federal agencies, some in the beginning of their careers and others serving in high-level positions with years of experience. Attendees will hear not only about entry-level positions and how to attain them, but also will pick up tips and advice on how to turn an interest in politics and policy into a life-long career. There will be a question and answer period for students to learn more from these politics and policy professionals.

Panelists will include:

  • Nicholas Feucht, City of Richmond Economic and Community Development Office
  • Logan Pugh, U.S. Senate office of Sen. Olympia Snowe
  • Lara Robillard, Principal Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office
  • Anna Scholl, Finance Director for Congressman Tom Perriello
  • Frank Talbot, Legislative Assistant for Republican Whip Eric Cantor

2010 and Beyond!

University of Virginia Center for Politics and POLITICO to Host Elections Preview


12/01/09 | CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Democratic National Committee Chairman Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) will deliver the keynote speeches at the American Democracy Conference sponsored by the University of Virginia Center for Politics and POLITICO. Kaine and Cornyn will offer their insights as key leaders and strategists for their respective parties, as well as their perspectives as elected officials who have run successful campaigns.

The 11th annual American Democracy Conference will be held at the Newseum in Washington, DC on Thursday, December 3 and will preview the 2010 midterm elections, look ahead to 2012, and examine the Obama administration's first year. Keynote speeches will begin at 1 PM with panel discussions to follow until 5 PM, featuring elected officials, party insiders, key strategists, and prominent journalists. The conference is free and open to the public with advance registration, available at the Center for Politics' website: http://www.centerforpolitics.org/adc.html

Professor Larry J. Sabato, director of the Center for Politics, and John F. Harris, editor-in-chief of POLITICO, will each moderate panel discussions. The conference will also feature a special panel with the executive directors of the DCCC, NRCC, DSCC, and the NRSC, who will oversee their parties' U.S. House and Senate campaigns in 2010.

Other panelists will include:

  • Mike Allen, Chief White House Correspondent for POLITICO
  • Paul Begala, advisor to President Clinton and CNN contributor
  • Roy Blunt, U.S. Representative (R-MO) and former Republican Whip
  • Alex Castellanos, Senior communications adviser to the RNC and CNN contributor
  • Tom Cole, U.S. Representative (R-OK) and former NRCC chairman
  • Roland Martin, CNN contributor and political columnist
  • Kiki McLean, Democratic strategist and former Hillary Clinton advisor
  • Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today
  • Jennifer Palmieri, former deputy press secretary to President Clinton
  • Leslie Sanchez, Republican strategist and former CNN contributor
  • Juan Williams, political analyst for NPR and Fox News

The American Democracy Conference grew out of the first National Post Election Conference in 1998. The conference examines not only the most recent election cycle, but also current campaigns, upcoming elections and prospects for the future of American democracy. The conference is based on the idea that elections are the seminal event in the life of a democracy, setting the direction of the country while shedding light on the state of America's political health.