A National Symposium Series on Democracy

 

A National Symposium Series on Democracy produced by the UVA Center for Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy 

“Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies” will host nationally recognized speakers such as Martin Luther King, III; Republican strategist Karl Rove; former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile; political commentator Ana Navarro; CNN’s Jim Acosta; Brit Hume, Senior Political Analyst, Fox News; Rep. Adam Schiff (D, CA-28); and others. The series will also include visiting international delegations from Mongolia, Bolivia, and Peru, as well as the 20th annual Youth Leadership Initiative national student mock election and the national premiere of CHARLOTTESVILLE, a two-hour television documentary on the events of Aug. 11-12, 2017, produced in partnership with the PBS Community Idea Stations.

“Restoring faith in the American political system, and in democracy as an institution, is not a job for another people or another time,” said Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato. “It is today’s challenge. And while we know we can’t solve it alone, we hope this ambitious national series can serve as a springboard for other serious discussions and related efforts.”

“The partnership provides an opportunity to leverage the Batten School’s unique multidisciplinary approach to training the next generation of public policy leaders with the Center’s commitment to civic education and political participation,” Batten School Dean Allan C. Stam said. “Our collaboration is beneficial to the entire University community and comes at a critical time as we approach the national mid-term elections.”

Upcoming Events

A Conversation with former Speaker Paul Ryan

A Conversation with former Speaker Paul Ryan

February 21, 2020 – 12:30 pm – 02:00 pm University of Virginia Rotunda | Dome Room, Charlottesville, VA

Past Events

Democracies in Crisis

Democracies in Crisis

February 6, 2020 – 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm Garrett Hall, The Great Hall, 235 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, VA
21st Annual American<br> Democracy Conference

21st Annual American
Democracy Conference

January 22, Newcomb Hall Ballroom, Charlottesville, Virgina
Top Political Experts Look Ahead to 2020

Top Political Experts Look Ahead to 2020

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – Some of the sharpest minds in political journalism and analysis will come together Thursday, Sept. 19 to analyze the high stakes of the 2020 presidential primary and general election campaign season. The Road Map to the 2020 Presidential Election, presented by the University of Virginia Center for Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy,…
Center for Politics panel explores<br> intersection of religion and politics

Center for Politics panel explores
intersection of religion and politics

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – The University of Virginia Center for Politics will explore the connection between religion and politics in the United States at a panel this evening, Wednesday, Feb. 13. The panel will be moderated by Center for Politics Associate Director Ken Stroupe and will feature Melani McAlister, Professor of American Studies and International Affairs at George Washington University and author of The…
CNN’s Jim Acosta to Speak at Center for Politics event

CNN’s Jim Acosta to Speak at Center for Politics event

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – The University of Virginia Center for Politics will host CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta at a public forum on Thursday, Feb. 7. At the event, “The Fourth Estate: Enemy of the People?” Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato will interview Acosta about his experiences covering the Trump administration, including his confrontations with the administration, as…
UVA Center for Politics to Host 20th Annual American Democracy Conference in Washington, D.C.

UVA Center for Politics to Host 20th Annual American Democracy Conference in Washington, D.C.

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – Next Thursday, Jan. 24, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will host its 20th annual American Democracy Conference in Charlottesville. The event will be held at Alumni Hall, 211 Emmet St. South, on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. It is free and open to the public with advanced registration , and members of the media are welcome…
The Economic Factors that Divide America

The Economic Factors that Divide America

Wed, Oct 3, 6:30pm Garrett Hall, Charlottesville, VA Free. The University of Virginia Center for Politics and the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will host a panel examining the state of the American economy and the political divides that uneven growth engenders.
The Mother of Exiles: Immigration Reform

The Mother of Exiles: Immigration Reform

Thu, Sept 27, 6:00pm Garrett Hall, The Great Hall, Charlottesville, VA Free & Open to the Public Thu, Sept 27, 6:00pm Garrett Hall, The Great Hall, Charlottesville, VA Free & Open to the Public. A panel examining immigration policies in the United States. Topics will include Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), President Donald Trump’s travel ban, border security, merit-based immigration,…
Face the Nation Moderator Margaret Brennan to Speak at Center for Politics Event

Face the Nation Moderator Margaret Brennan to Speak at Center for Politics Event

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – The University of Virginia Center for Politics will host Margaret Brennan, moderator of CBS News’ Face the Nation, at a public forum on Wednesday, April 10. At the event, Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato will interview Brennan about the role of the media and its relationship to the presidency and Congress. Brennan will also take questions from…
Former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill Speaks Wednesday on Grounds

Former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill Speaks Wednesday on Grounds

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – Clint Hill, a former Secret Service Agent and New York Times bestselling author, will speak to University of Virginia students at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at Minor Hall Room 125 on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. Hill will be joining the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy class “Lessons in Leadership: JFK and…
Center for Politics, Meridian International Center Summit Brings Together Diplomats, Virginia Officials

Center for Politics, Meridian International Center Summit Brings Together Diplomats, Virginia Officials

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – The University of Virginia Center for Politics and the Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement are hosting 38 diplomats from 37 countries for a summit with 30 state and local officials as well as members of the University of Virginia and Charlottesville community. The event, “Engaging the American Electorate in the Laboratories of Democracy,” will focus on citizen engagement in…