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Democracy in Perilous Times

A National Symposium Series on Democracy

Democracy in Perilous Times is an ongoing symposium series produced by the UVA Center for Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

Nationally Recognized Speakers

Since its inception in 2020, Democracy in Perilous Times has attracted 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.

These events have also included visiting international delegations from Mongolia, Bolivia, and Peru, as well as the 20th annual Youth Leadership Initiative national student mock election.

Democracy in Perilous Times
UVA Center for Politics

“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. 

This special collaboration is beneficial to the entire community, within and beyond the University.  The need for collaborative events such as this is more important than ever. 

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