December 1, 2009 — With a parting address at the prestigious Societa per L'organizzazione Internationale, University of Virginia Center for Politics director Larry Sabato concluded a U.S. State Department-sponsored lecture series in Rome on Nov. 20.
During his tour, Sabato spoke at prominent academic institutions; was interviewed by numerous TV, print and online media outlets; and met with the U.S. Ambassador to Italy, David Thorne, and dozens of members of the Italian Senate and House of Deputies to deliver his trademark analysis of U.S. politics.
The four-day visit was aimed at sharing the mission of the Center for Politics' Global Perspectives on Democracy program by creating greater understanding of the U.S. political system and current political events among Italians.
Sabato sat for interviews with major Italian news media, appearing both on the front page of the major Italian daily newspaper Il Riformista and on the nation's most popular nightly talk news show, "Otto e Mezzo," which is often compared to "60 Minutes."
The Il Riformista interview covered President Obama's first year in office, the 2009 elections and the Republican Party's prospects in the 2010 midterm elections, and is available in Italian. "Otto e Mezzo" featured Sabato along with Italian journalists in a fast-paced discussion, simultaneously translated between Italian and English, of political scandal in the U.S. and Italy with video in Italian available online.
While in Italy, Sabato also gave a series of lectures to students, elected officials and journalists. He delivered a keynote speech at the American Studies Center in Rome on "Obama and the U.S. One Year after the Elections." In addition, he addressed a forum hosted by the independent political magazine Formiche, and participated in a seminar at the Italian Society for International Organization, which trains post-graduate students who wish to embark on diplomatic careers.
Sabato also met with Thorne, members of the Italian parliament, Italian senators and other dignitaries from the United States and Italy.