21st ANNUAL AMERICAN
DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE
The First In A Series Of Events Celebrating The 100th Anniversary Of Women's Suffrage
January 22, 2020 - Register Here
THE PRESIDENT, THE PRESS, MUELLER AND IMPEACHMENT
Hosted by The Virginia Bar Association and The University of Virginia Center for Politics
January 25, 2020 - Register Here
GLOBAL DEMOCRACIES IN CRISIS
Michael Abramowitz, Freedom House
Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Georgetown University
Christopher Sabatini, Columbia University
February 6, 2020 - Register Here
DISMANTLING DEMOCRACY
A documentary examining new and old democratic structures
of government in the United States and around the world.
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OUR NEWEST RESIDENT SCHOLARS

Jamelle Bouie, Barbara Comstock
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A CONVERSATION WITH FORMER SPEAKER PAUL RYAN
Paul Ryan will speak on policy, politics as well as his experience leading the House.
February 21, 2020 - Register Here
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21 Years Promoting Civics Education & Engagement

The Center for Politics’  timely political analysis and our pragmatic civics education programs have formed the core of our activities.
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SABATO'S
CRYSTAL BALL

Sabato’s Crystal Ball is a comprehensive, nonpartisan political analysis and handicapping newsletter run by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. The Crystal Ball keeps tabs on presidential elections, along with every race for the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and state governor.

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LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

YLI, a program of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, develops FREE education resources designed to assist civics teachers, and encourage students to participate in the political process. Signup to access lesson plans, E Congress, Mock Election and Democracy Corps.

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GLOBAL
PERSPECTIVES ON DEMOCRACY

Global Perspectives on Democracy hosts leadership and civic engagement-related exchanges and public events connected to international relations in partnership with non-governmental organizations and units of the University of Virginia.

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The mission of the University of Virginia Center for Politics is to educate and inspire our citizenry about practical politics and civic engagement through programs that are unique, compelling, and open-minded. Everything we do must fulfill our goal of instilling citizens with an appreciation for the core values of American freedom, justice, equality, civility, and service.

The Center for Politics was founded in 1998 by Larry J. Sabato at the University of Virginia to overcome the notion that politics thwarts the proper function of government. We think politics makes public policy more vibrant and makes bureaucracies more responsive. Since our inception we have established annual conferences, publications, programs, and curricula to advance democracy around the world and to equip people to better understand politics and government.