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The 2008 public television documentary Across the Aisle follows the Political Leaders Program Class of 2007 during its 10-month program across Virginia.
Class members come face to face with their personal biases and political limitations by arguing against their own positions, breaking down political stereotypes, spending real time with their opponents, balancing a state budget, and touring state-run facilities to learn a new and highly functional approach to politics.
Across the Aisle is a poignant and personal story that reveals a new model for political leadership, in which the most powerful tools are civility, trust, and respect.
The documentary was produced courtesy of Fred Scott, a member of the Sorensen Institute's State Advisory Board.
Leigh Middleditch, co-founder of the Sorensen Institute, presented Sorensen's first Founders Award at this month's Gala. Award-winner Walt De Vries' Institute of Political Leadership in North Carolina was the inspiration for the Sorensen Institute. De Vries was also responsible for bringing Middleditch and co-founder Michael Bills together in 1993.
Michael Pearlmutter, executive director of the Institute of Political Leadership in North Carolina, accepted the award on behalf of Walt De Vries.
The 2013 Sorensen Gala on April 2 brought nearly 400 Virginians together in Richmond to honor our current and former Lieutenant Governors and Attorneys General.
Cooper Center director John Thomas began the evening with a heartfelt tribute to Sorensen's founding executive director Bill Wood, who passed away Nov. 16.
Watch the Newsroom for more video of this event in the upcoming week, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for a wealth of Gala photos coming soon.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli shared these comments at the April 19, 2010 Sorensen Gala.
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling spoke via video at the Sorensen Institute's recent 2010 Spring Gala.
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones spoke at the Sorensen 2010 Gala in Richmond on April 19.
This video includes the recipients of the 2010 Service to Sorensen Award and the Expression of Ideals Award.
Sorensen's Executive Director Bob Gibson at the April 19, 2010 Gala celebration in Richmond.
John Hager is Chairman of the Sorensen Institute's State Advisory Board. He shared these comments to welcome guests to our 2010 Gala in Richmond on April 19.