Thursday, May 18, 2006

Blog Summit; updated

On June 16th and 17th the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership will bring together an eclectic assortment of political bloggers for its second annual blog summit. Bloggers from across Virginia and points unknown will gather to discuss the latest technology and the art of writing about politics. It all will take place between 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday on the University of Virginia campus.

Speakers and panelists for the Sorensen Institute's 2006 Summit on Blogging and Democracy in the Commonwealth are still being lined up. So far they include: Dr. Bob Holsworth (Director of VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs), Jerome Armstrong co-author of Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics, Michael Shear (of the Washington Post), Daniel Glover (of Beltway Blogroll), Chris Piper (Campaign Finance Administrator for the State Board of Elections), Claire Guthrie GastaƱga (an attorney, lobbyist, and campaign consultant), Sean O'Brien (Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute), and others.

The Sorensen Institue's blog says:

"The only conference of its kind in the nation, the Summit will bring together political bloggers from across Virginia to discuss the role, impact, and future of political blogging in Virginia. The Summit is open to veteran bloggers and newcomers alike."

The confab will be staged at the Darden School of Business, which I'm told means the food will be good. A fifty buck registration fee buys your entry to a choice of three workshops from a menu of six options. Plus you’ll get fed, twice, and the opportunity to meet real live political bloggers -- if you can stand the thrill -- from the commonwealth’s busy blogosphere. Registration is open to the public until June 5.

Update: Click here to see who has already signed up.


Waldo Jaquith said...

I believe you've forgotten to mention the latest speaker, Mr. Modesty. :)

F.T. Rea said...


I'll get around to mentioning my role in this, a role I am quite happy about. But I didn't want my first mention of the Blog Summit to seem to be self-promoting. For now I’d rather expose my readers to the event’s purpose and try to help you promote it as a concept. In time I'll get around to tooting my own horn.