Gaze inside Annual Meeting guest speaker’s crystal ball

If only we could look into the future! Larry Sabato, PhD, does just that in his day-to-day work as a professor of politics at the University of Virginia and as the founder and head of its Center for Politics. Sabato is the guest speaker at Sunday’s “Plenary” (P151).

Larry Sabato, PhD

Sabato will share both his insights and predictions. His “Crystal Ball’ electoral analysis expertly navigates the shifting sands of American electoral politics, accurately predicting the results of many of America’s recent elections. Sabato provides expert knowledge of what is coming down the pike, preparing us for the changing of the guard in Washington and across the nation.

“Many people see the deep polarization in Washington and elsewhere and think that politics is broken,” Sabato said. ”But I firmly believe that politics can, and should, be a force for good, and perhaps the best way to effect change in our society.”

Specifically, Sabato’s message bridges the gap between the rhetoric and the reality, showing audiences how the art of politics and the science of the American voting psyche come together to produce our nation’s next batch of leaders.

Through the center, Sabato heads up “Sabato’s Crystal Ball,” which has won numerous awards. The Pew Charitable Trust recognized the Crystal Ball as the No. 1 leader in the field of political prediction, and The Daily Beast designated it as one of the top political digital sites.

Sabato has received four Emmys for the PBS television documentaries “Out of Order,” which highlights a dysfunctional U.S. Senate, “The Kennedy Half-Century,” which examines the life, assassination and lasting legacy of President John F. Kennedy, “Feeling Good About America,” which looks at the 1976 presidential election, and “Charlottesville,” which looks at the events in the titular city Aug. 11 and 12, 2017.

An avid social media influencer, Sabato’s Twitter feed (@LarrySabato) was named by Time Magazine as one of the 140 best.

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