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Gun Rights and Responsibilitities

How to Move Forward

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Minor Hall | Room 125
University of Virginia



On Tuesday, March 13th, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will host an event on Gun Rights and Responsibilities. We are pleased to be partnering with Converge UVA. Converge is a bipartisan student-led initiative which seeks to alleviate political tensions among students at the University by facilitating political dialogue and discussion on politics and challenging public policy issues. The group pairs students with opposing political views to discuss their differences in a constructive manner, and one that encourages productive exchanges with people who share different views. The goal for this panel is to serve as another positive example of how to discuss a difficult issue. The panelists will weigh in their opinion on gun rights and responsibilities, followed by Q&A.



Kyle Kondik(Moderator)
Center for Politics

Kyle Kondik is managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ authoritative, nonpartisan newsletter on American campaigns and elections. He is a frequently cited expert on American politics who has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS NewsHour and Comedy Central's The Daily Show. His book on Ohio's presidential voting history, The Bellwether, was released in June 2016.

Carah Ong Whaley - Department of Politics (Panelist)

Carah Ong Whaley is a lecturer in the Department of Politics. She is a co-author with Larry Sabato of American Government: Roots and Reform (Pearson) chapters on Political Parties, Campaigns, Elections, and Voting, and the Media. At the heart of her research interests is a desire to understand and illuminate how the interactions of political actors and institutions structure public access and participation in policy and decision-making processes. She is also deeply interested in the causes and consequences of partisan polarization.

Jim Todd - Department of Politics (Panelist)

Jim Todd practiced law in Washington, DC, for ten years (1971-1981), three in private practice and the last seven with the Interstate Commerce Commission. He resigned from his government job and moved to Charlottesville in 1982 to pursue his Ph.D. in our department under the mentorship of Henry Abraham, James Ceaser, and David O’Brien. He subsequently taught undergraduate courses in American government and constitutional law and history for twenty-two years, one at Tulane University and twenty-one at the University of Arizona. He retired from Arizona in December 2007 and moved back to Charlottesville where he teaches a wide range of courses for the Department of Politics and for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVA. His research has centered on American constitutional history, especially the theories of James Madison.

Gerard Alexander - Department of Politics (Panelist)

Gerard Alexander’s research began with a focus on the conditions of democratic consolidation in advanced industrial countries, especially in Western Europe. His first book — The Sources of Democratic Consolidation (Cornell University Press, 2002) — argued that the key right-of-center political movements formed long-term commitments to democracy only when their political risks in democracy became relatively low as left agendas moderated across time. Variation in these risks was used to explain variation in conservative regime preferences and in regime outcomes in Europe’s five largest countries from the 1870’s France to 1980’s Spain. This first research project also included two articles with related but distinct arguments. In the Journal of Theoretical Politics (2001), I argued that formal political institutions in democracy cannot create the degree of predictability needed for consolidation. In Comparative Political Studies (2002), I argue that non-formal social-structural characteristic of countries are more important causes of regime outcomes than the formal regime characteristics emphasized in prominent claims concerning the rule of law and “institutionalized uncertainty.” Related reasoning is the basis of an article in The National Interest, “The Authoritarian Illusion” (2004). His current research concerns factors affecting the size and role of government in selected cases in Western Europe and also the United States, and how they influence conservative attempts at reform of welfare states.

Daman Irby

Daman Irby - Center of Politics (Panelist)

Daman Irby has served as the University of Virginia Center for Politics Director of Global Initiatives since spring of 2009. In this role Daman writes grant proposals on behalf of the Center to host international exchanges most of which are funded by the U.S. Department of State. Once the grants have been awarded, Daman coordinates the planning for the exchanges and implements the final programs. Since the establishment of the Center’s Global Perspectives on Democracy program in 2009, hundreds of delegates of all ages from around the world have participated in a variety of programs all anchored in increasing civic engagement in their home countries.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.

For more information please contact Glenn Crossman
434-243-3540 or