University of Virginia Center for Politics to Host 16th Annual American Democracy Conference


Today, Nov. 20, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will host the 16th annual American Democracy Conference. The conference, which will be held at Alumni Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia, will feature panels of leading journalists and political experts focused on the results of the recent midterm elections and the upcoming presidential race.

The event, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., is free and open to the public with advance registration, and the press is invited to attend. For more information or to register, please visit

The conference will be livestreamed online at the following link:

The panels are:

10:30 a.m. to noon: Panel I: The 2014 midterm

Moderator: Larry J. Sabato, director of the U.Va. Center for Politics


  • Alan Abramowitz, Sabato’s Crystal Ball senior columnist and Emory University professor
  • Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard
  • Chris LaCivita, Republican political consultant who worked on Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R-KS) successful reelection bid
  • Ali Lapp, executive director of House Majority PAC, a Democratic Super PAC
  • Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics senior election analyst and Sabato’s Crystal Ball senior columnist

12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: Panel II: What to expect in 2016

Moderator: Geoffrey Skelley, associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball


  • Gregory Jackson, national field director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Chris LaCivita (noted above)
  • John Lapp, Democratic political consultant
  • Jill Lawrence, columnist for Creators Syndicate