Feb. 23, 2001
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Former presidential candidate Steve Forbes spoke at the Center for Governmental Studies' National Symposium on Presidential Selection.

Symposium series examines presidential selection process

Staff Report

Former presidential candidate Steve Forbes on Feb. 20 kicked off the National Symposium on Presidential Selection, organized by the Center for Governmental Studies. The series of speeches and panels, which will also include visits by Eugene McCarthy and Michael Dukakis, will bring together the nation's foremost journalists, scholars and political practitioners.

The symposium will focus on various elements of the American presidential electoral system, from the nomination process to the administration of elections and the Electoral College. The proposals generated at these events will be part of a volume forthcoming from the center, suggesting practical solutions intended to benefit the electoral systems in individual states and the country as a whole.

Founded in 1998 by Larry Sabato, the Center for Governmental Studies at U.Va. is a non-partisan, public-interest institute with a three-part mission of political research, reform and education. Some of the center's other programs include the Youth Leadership Initiative, designed to involve middle- and high-school students in the fundamentals of the American political process; the Governors Project (co-sponsored with the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service), which studies Virginia's highest office with its unique four-year, non-renewable term; and the annual American Democracy Conference.

More information is available at the Center for Governmental Studies Web site, www.goodpolitics.org. The list of events and participants will continue to change. All symposium presentations are open to the public, and seating will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. For those unable to attend, all events will be carried live on the center's Web site.

Upcoming events

Feb. 28 Address: Eugene McCarthy, 7:30 p.m., Minor Hall Auditorium

March 7 Panel discussion: "The Presidential Nominating Process," 7 p.m., Rotunda Dome Room. Scheduled panelists include Jill Lawrence, USA Today; Tom Sansonetti, RNC Rules Committee; Craig Smith, Clinton/Gore campaign manager; and Vaughn Ververs, The Hotline, a daily news brief on American politics.

March 20 Panel discussion: "How We Vote - The Electoral Process," 7 p.m., Jefferson Hall on West Range. Scheduled panelists include Ronald Klain, Gore advisor; R. Doug Lewis, The Election Center; Robert Montjoy, Economic Development Institute; Trevor Potter, General Counsel to Sen. John McCain; and George Terwilliger, Bush legal advisor.

March 26 Panel discussion: "The Electoral College," 7 p.m., Rotunda Dome Room. Scheduled panelists include: John Anderson, Center for Voting and Democracy; James Ceaser, U.Va.; Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, League of Women Voters; William Mayer, Northeastern University; Chuck Todd, The Hotline, a daily news brief on American politics; and Darrell West, Brown University

April 5 Address: Michael Dukakis, 7:30 p.m., Chemistry Auditorium



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