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National Symposium Series


The National Symposium Series (NSS), begun in 1999, consists of a series of events held throughout the year exploring relevant issues in American politics, with annual topics such as:

  • Character and politics
  • Constitutional reform
  • Political humor
  • Presidential selection
  • Race, religion and gender in politics
  • Wartime politics
  • Women and politics
  • Youth civic engagement

Over the years, the NSS featured many of the political world’s best-known practitioners, such as Bob Dole, Michael Dukakis, John Sununu, Geraldine Ferraro, Michael Steele, Donna Brazile, Lowell Weicker, Bob Woodward, Ed Gillespie, Ken Starr, and Doug Wilder. By creating opportunities for these insiders to interact with the Charlottesville community, the Center actively served its mission of promoting civic education and engagement.