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The University of Virginia Center for Politics presents two speakers March 27 and 28 who will share their unique perspectives on the upcoming 2012 presidential race and the American political scene.

2012 Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 27: Former presidential candidate and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will speak on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Harrison Institute at the U.Va. Small Special Collections Library. Pawlenty, who ran for the Republican Party's presidential nomination until exiting the field last year, will discuss the 2012 election and share his personal experiences from his presidential campaign.

First elected in 2002, Pawlenty served two terms as the governor of Minnesota. Prior to his time as governor, he served as a ten-year member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, including four years as House Majority Leader.

The event is free and open to the public with advance registration, and the press is invited to attend.

Wednesday, March 28: Arun Chaudhary, President Obama's former videographer

Former White House videographer Arun Chaudhary will speak about his time documenting candidate Obama and then President Obama and present some of his work during an interactive discussion.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on March 28 in the Rotunda Dome Room. Chaudhary most recently produced the White House's West Wing Week online program, and he filmed many behind-the-scenes events of the Obama campaign during the 2008 election.

The event is free and open to the public with advance registration. The press is invited to attend.

Questions about either event can be directed to or call (434) 243-3540.