presidential candidate Steve Forbes spoke at the Center for
Governmental Studies' National Symposium on Presidential Selection.
series examines presidential selection process
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
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.
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.
Feb. 28 Address: Eugene McCarthy, 7:30 p.m., Minor Hall
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.
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
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