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Spring / Summer 2011 Newsletter Articles


Political Map of VirginiaThe Crystal Ball's First 2011 Take on 2012's Electoral College

With 17 months to go until November 2012, there is exactly one use for a current projection of the 2012 Electoral College results. This is merely a baseline from which we can judge more reliable projections made closer to the election. Where did we start–before we knew the identity of the Republican nominee for president, the state of the economy in fall 2012 and many other critical facts? Read More.

GPD: Sri LankaGlobal Perspectives on Democracy
Building Knowledge and Bonds

The Center for Politics' international program, Global Perspectives on Democracy (GPD), continues to spread the message about the importance of civic engagement beyond America's shores through first-rate programming and the building of close ties with participants. GPD New Media, which took place during the summer of 2010, included college students from Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka. A two-year project with Afghanistan kicks-off in June 2011, and other opportunities are on the horizon. Read More.

Professor Larry J. SabatoTalking Points: A Review of the Center for Politics' Previous and Upcoming Programs

Two core principles of the Center for Politics mission are to encourage citizens to actively participate in the political process and government; and to educate citizens through its comprehensive research, programs, and publications. Working to meet these goals, each year the Center hosts a variety of programs to bring together academics, journalists, citizens and political insiders and practitioners to evaluate and discuss the world of politics. Read More.

Lincoln Funeral PassSabato Donates Rare Lincoln Funeral Artifact to Center for Politics

On the 146th anniversary of the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln, University Professor Larry J. Sabato has acquired and donated to the UVA Center for Politics a certified, original entrance pass required for invited guests to attend the Wednesday, April 19, 1865 funeral in the East Room of the White House. According to official accounts and newspaper reports at the time, only about 600 such passes were issued and were required for each of the distinguished guests who attended the ceremony. Read More.

Chip MannCenter for Politics Director of Development Chip Mann Discusses Advancement and the Center's Future

The Center was founded on big ideas, but with a shoestring budget. The Center has always been very frugal with its resources; and over the past 12 years, despite regular decreases in public funding and subsequent reductions in staff, it has still managed to expand its research and outreach. As an example of the expansion - today the Youth Leadership Initiative is one of the largest national, public service/public outreach programs offered by the University of Virginia, and is the chief civic education program of its kind in the nation. Read More.

Trivia QuestionTest Your Political Knowledge

Test your savvy. Answer this edition's political trivia questions and win a signed copy of Larry Sabato's newest book, Pendulum Swing. Read More.