UVa MOOC Nominated for Emmy Award to Professor of Politics
Larry Sabato was born and raised in Norfolk
"Analyst, electoral forecaster and University of Virginia's Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics Larry J. Sabato looks to continue his streak at the Emmy Awards this year, as his massive open online course (MOOC), "The Kennedy Half Century," has been nominated in the Best Instructional Programming category.” —INSIDE HIGHER ED.
Over the years since his graduation from UVa and his appointment to the University’s faculty, Larry Sabato has become a stalwart on the UVa faculty and Director of its Center for Politics. He is editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, an online, non-partisan newsletter that reaches thousands of readers every week. As a teacher, he is noted nationwide for teaching his students that “politics is a good thing,” and he tells them why. The Center for Politics takes that message to students and to the surrounding community every day. That community, with the advent of MOOCs, now numbers in the millions of participants and hundreds of countries.
There were occasions on which Larry Sabato could easily have chosen to take his talents to another state — or country, such as England — but he has chosen to keep his focus and gifts at the University and in the state that Thomas Jefferson loved the most: Virginia. He has taken the tide at its ebb, and we in Virginia and Norfolk are better for his decision to serve in our midst.
U.Va. MOOC Nominated for Emmy Award
Inside Higher Ed
Analyst, electoral forecaster and U.Va. politics professor Larry J. Sabato looks to continue his streak at the Emmy Awards this year, as his massive open online course “The Kennedy Half Century” has been nominated in the Best Instructional Programming category.
Larry Sabato was born and raised in Norfolk and graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1970:
Sabato became involved in student government in high school. He had watched massive resistance — the effort by the Virginia state government to resist federally ordered desegregation of the public schools — play out in Norfolk in the 1950s and '60s. [The Virginian-Pilot and Editor Lenoir Chambers won a Pulitzer prize for denouncing massive resistance; the only newspaper in Virginia to take that stand and to be so honored.]
"My family was strongly opposed to massive resistance," Sabato said. "It was still going on in Virginia when I was in high school. That was one of the most shameful episodes in American history — not just in Virginia history, but in American history — to close the public schools so as not to admit a handful of African-American students to high school."The 1960s were also a time when the United States was engaged in an unpopular war overseas. "When I was president of the Student Council, I invited Henry Howell to speak to our school," Sabato said. "He was critical of the war in Vietnam. He was pro-civil rights."Sabato was so impressed with Henry E. Howell Jr., then a Democratic state senator, that he worked for several of his campaigns. Howell's 1971 campaign for lieutenant governor came after the passage of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave 18-year-olds the right to vote."No voters thought he would win the election," Sabato said. "But we got out the vote. Young people made the difference."After graduating from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1970, Sabato attended U.Va., graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in government in 1974. He studied for a year at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs before winning a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University's Queen's College. After earning a doctorate in politics there, he taught in Oxford's Politics, Philosophy and Economics program and in early 1978 was elected a lecturer in politics at New College, Oxford.