Date & Time
October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Alumni Hall, Ballroom
211 Emmet Street
Professor Larry J. Sabato will look at the current political landscape, how it has changed, and how it will shape elections in the future. He will then turn his Crystal Ball to 2020 and discuss the outlook for the House, Senate, and presidential elections.
Director, Center for Politics; Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
“Politics is a good thing!” … is the slogan of Larry J. Sabato.
Larry J. Sabato is a New York Times best-selling author, has won four Emmys, and is recognized as one of the nation’s most respected political analysts. He appears multiple times a week on national and international TV, including FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and CNN International. A Rhodes Scholar, Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and has had visiting appointments at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England. Sabato is the author or editor of two dozen books on American politics. He has taught over 20,000 students in his 40-year career, and the University of Virginia has given him its highest honor, The Thomas Jefferson Award. Next year Sabato will celebrate his 50th year of association with the University of Virginia.
Sabato is the editor and lead author of the recent book, The Blue Wave, which explores the 2018 election and its outcome.
Professor Sabato heads up Sabato’s Crystal Ball, which has won numerous awards. The Pew Charitable Trust recognized the Crystal Ball as the #1 leader in the field of political prediction, and The Daily Beast designated it as one of the top political sites on the web. A thorough statistical analysis of all 2018 prognosticators found that the Crystal Ball was the best (Nate Silver of 538.com was second).
Sabato has received four Emmys for the PBS television documentaries Out of Order, which highlights the 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 during August 11 and 12, 2017.
Professor Sabato is very active on social media. His Twitter feed (@LarrySabato) was named by Time Magazine as one of the 140 best.