Election analyst Larry Sabato is the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor for Fall 2020 and will speak about the Nov. 3 election in conversation with UNC political science professor Jason Roberts.
The webinar will be Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration is required.
Sabato is a New York Times best-selling author, four-time Emmy winner, 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. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and has taught over 20,000 students in his 40-year teaching career. He is also the author or editor of two dozen books on American politics, including The Blue Wave, which explores the 2018 election and its outcome. He 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 is very active on social media; his Twitter feed (@LarrySabato) was named by Time as one of the 140 best.
Moderator Jason M. Roberts specializes in American political institutions, with an emphasis on the U.S. Congress. His research interests include parties and procedures in the U.S. Congress and congressional elections.
The Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professorship is one of the highest honors bestowed by the College of Arts & Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill to distinguished public leaders. Past speakers in the 25-year history of this lecture series include Kip Thorne, Nina Totenberg, Fareed Zakaria, E.L. Doctorow, Ted Turner, Alice Walker and Christine Todd Whitman.
The Frey Foundation was established in 1974 by Edward J. and Frances Frey of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their son, alumnus David Gardner Frey, BA ’64, JD ’67, is a former chairman of the foundation and a longtime supporter of UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences.