Center for Politics Marks Centennial of Women’s Suffrage at American Democracy Conference Wednesday in Charlottesville

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – The University of Virginia Center for Politics is holding its 21st annual American Democracy Conference on Wednesday, Jan. 22 featuring experts from across the political spectrum.

The event is free and open to the public with advance registration and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Newcomb Hall Ballroom on the Grounds of the University of Virginia.

Former Rep. Mia Love (R, UT-4) and former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D-MD) will give keynote remarks, and the conference will also feature a panel moderated by CNN’s Erica Hill and including election forecaster Rachel Bitecofer of Christopher Newport University; former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R, VA-10); progressive political commentator Wendy Osefo of Johns Hopkins University; and Republican strategist and CBS News political analyst Leslie Sanchez.

The keynote speeches will be at 9:10 a.m. (Love) and 11:15 a.m. (Townsend), with the panel running from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In addition to looking ahead to the 2020 election, the speakers and panelists will assess the state of women in politics as the nation recognizes the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

For those who are outside of Charlottesville or cannot attend the event, there will be a livestream on Wednesday morning at

Wednesday’s forum is part of “Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies,” an ongoing program series organized by the Center for Politics and the Batten School as part of the National Symposium Series.