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Donna BRAZILE

Martin LUTHER KING III

Jim ACOSTA

Brit HUME

Maria CARDONA

Armando VARRICCHIO

2018–19 Featured Speakers

Luis FORTUNO

Ana NAVARRO

Nia-Malika HENDERSON

Symone SANDERS

Karl ROVE

Adam SCHIFF


DEMOCRACY in PERILOUS TIMES For more than 240 years the American Republic has endured not because its original design was flawless, but because successive generations asked, how can we improve it? Thomas Jefferson himself recognized the necessity of regular review and the diligence that would be required. The work of founding a nation didn’t end two centuries ago. Today the American experiment with democracy faces a series of challenges. Combative hyper-partisan politics, divisive issues, and racial strife drive a wedge among the American people and cause many to worry that democracy is in decline. Sustaining the health and endurance of a democracy is as challenging as creating it in the first place. Restoring faith in the American political system specifically, and in democracy as an institution, is not a job for other people or another time. It is today’s challenge! To that end, during the 2018–19 academic year the University of Virginia Center for Politics, together with the Frank Batten School of Leadership in Public Policy and academic partners across the University present: Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies.

All events are free and open to the public unless noted (*). Registration is required for all events at EVENTBRITE.COM.


2018–19 Schedule of Events Wednesday, Aug. 29

Announcement of Center for Politics/Batten School Partnership Time TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 28

“Partnership Announcement” Center for Politics and Reuters/Ipsos 10am

National Press Club

Wednesday, Sept. 12 Newcomb Ballroom Larry J. Sabato Moderator

Monday, Sept. 17

“Has Trump Changed the Presidency Forever?” 6:45–8:30pm with Brit Hume, Ana Navarro, Symone Sanders, Marc Short “Constitution Day” National Release of First Freedom Wall Time TBA

“The Mother of Exiles: Immigration Reform” The Great Hall, Garrett Hall 6:30–8pm with Maria Cardona, David Leblang Luis Fortuno, and Mark Krikorian Moderator

Thursday, Sept. 27

“The Economic Factors That Divide America” The Great Hall, Garrett Hall 6:30–8pm with Ken Stern

Wednesday, Oct. 3


Friday, Oct. 5 Commonwealth Room Newcomb Hall

“Is Democracy in Decline?” 10:30am–12pm Panel of Historic Reenactors (Founding Fathers) Jeffersonian Luncheon (free) 12–1pm *Participating high school students

October 6–11

International Youth Ambassadors; Leadership and Civic Engagement *Visiting international delegation from Bolivia and Peru

Monday, Oct. 8

“Is Democracy in Decline? 10:30am–1:30pm with Shawna Bader-Blau, Dan Twining, and Ken Wollack

Newcomb Ballroom Sen. Tim Kaine Keynote Speaker

Sunday, Oct. 14 Clark Hall, Room 107

Jeffersonian Luncheon (free) 12:30–1:30pm “Vote Smart: Facts Matter” 4–5:30pm

Richard Kimball Keynote Speaker

October 15–25

20th Annual YLI Mock Election *Participating K–12 schools nationwide

Registration is required for all events at WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM. Type name of event & click search.


WHY NOW? As the Center for Politics marks its 20th anniversary, we do so during one of nation’s most consequential times for the future of our democracy. With the midterm of a Presidential administration approaching, and control of the Congress and the US Supreme Court weighing in the balance, the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy present a yearlong national symposium on Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies.

To support more outstanding programming from

the Center for Politics and the Batten School, contact: Autumn Kurtz Director of Development University of Virginia Center for Politics autumn@virginia.edu / 434-962-2867 Jeff Eggeling Director of Development Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Batten School Development Office jeggeling@virginia.edu / 434-982-2094


Wednesday, Oct. 24 Dome Room, Rotunda H.E. Armando Varricchio Amb. of Italy to the U.S.

Thursday, Oct. 25 Holocaust Museum Richmond, VA

“U.S. /Italy Relations: The Perception of American Democracy Abroad” 1:30–2:45pm

Richmond Premiere of “Charlottesville: The Events of August 11 and 12” 5:30–7pm Reception 7–8:30pm Presentation

“Diplomatic Careers” 4–5:30pm The Great Hall, Garrett Hall *Open to UVA Students

Friday, Oct. 26

Saturday, Nov. 3* Paramount Theatre Martin Luther King III Keynote Speaker

Virginia Film Festival screening “Charlottesville” 4–7pm *Tickets Required

November 5–18

Leaders Advancing Democracy *Visiting International Delegation from Mongolia

November

“U.S. /Mongolia Relations: The Perception of American Democracy Abroad” Time TBA

Location TBA H.E. Otgonbayar Yondon Amb. of Mongolia to the U.S.


Friday, Nov. 30 Alumni Hall

Thursday, Jan. 24 Alumni Hall Karl Rove Keynote Speaker

Thursday, Feb. 7 Location TBA

2nd Annual Common Grounds Initiative 9am–3:00pm *Participating VA High Schools 20th Annual American Democracy Conference “Trump at the Midterm of his Presidency”

“The Fourth Estate: Enemy of the People?” 6:30–8pm with Jim Acosta, Chief White House Correspondent for CNN

“Religion and Politics” 6:30–8pm The Great Hall, Garrett Hall with Melani McAlister and Marie Griffith

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Thursday, Nov. 29 George Washington Univ. Jack Morton Auditorium Rep. Adam Schiff Keynote Speaker

20th Annual American Democracy Conference “Trump at the Midterm of his Presidency” 9am–1pm


Wednesday, Feb. 20

Thursday, Mar. 7 Double Tree Hotel

Thursday, Mar. 21 Darden School

April Location TBA H.E. Daniel Mulhall Amb. of Ireland to the U.S.

“Diplomatic Summit on Democracy and Politics” Time TBA *Partnership with Meridian “We The People: Empowering Communities Through Civic Engagement” 9am–3pm Darden School of Business Event 6:30–8pm

“U.S./Ireland Relations: The Perception of American Democracy Abroad” 3:30–4:45 pm

“False Equivalents and the Debate on Free Speech: Who is More The Great Hall, Garrett Hall Responsible for Divisions? Left or Right.” 6:30–8pm with Donna Brazile

April

Registration is required for all events at WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM. Type name of event & click search.


The CENTER for POLITICS For twenty years the Center for Politics has been dedicated to civics education, and we promote civic participation as an ongoing responsibility to improve and maintain the health of democracy. It is a mission set by our Founder, Thomas Jefferson, two centuries ago, and improved upon by each successive generation.

The BATTEN SCHOOL The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy is authoring a new model of public policy education. Of the 250+ schools of public policy and administration in the U.S., The Batten School has the distinction of being the only one explicitly committed to teaching leadership — inspiring students to act vigorously, effectively, & ethically on behalf of the common good.

Private funding provided by:

The Eaddo and Peter Kiernan Foundation Nancy and Michael S. Miller


Event Co-Sponsors


“All should be laid open to you without reserve, for there is not a truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.” May 15, 1826 letter to Henry Lee Less than two months before Jefferson’s death

For more information, contact Glenn Crossman gac4t@virginia.edu / 434-243-3540 465 Crestwood Drive P.O. Box 400806 Charlottesville, VA 22904

and the

www.centerforpolitics.org / www.batten.virginia.edu

Democracy in Perilous Times  

A National Symposium Series Presented by the University of Virginia Center for Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public...

Democracy in Perilous Times  

A National Symposium Series Presented by the University of Virginia Center for Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public...

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