Age of Jefferson Inaugural Lecture

  • November 12, 2021
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Zoom

Join historian Andrew O’Shaughnessy for an engaging talk about his latest book, The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University. O’Shaughnessy will discuss how Jefferson’s vision anticipated the modern university and profoundly influenced the development of American higher education. The University of Virginia was the most visible apex of what was a much broader educational vision that distinguishes Jefferson as one of the earliest advocates of a public education system. 


The Lessons of War: U.S., Afghanistan, and Iraq since 9/11

  • October 14, 2021
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Foundation Hall

Sponsored by Governing America in a Global Era (GAGE), this is the first in a series of talks that examine topics around US and the world. Join us for a panel discussion featuring Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institute Senior Fellow, and student representatives. Registration is currently closed. Please e-mail us to be added to the waitlist. 


Aesthetics in Art & Aesthetics in Time

  • May 7, 2021
  • 9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Zoom

What inspires aesthetic experience? What does it mean to encounter a work of art? How can aesthetic encounters forge ties and create social bonds? What is the relationship between aesthetics and temporality? Eleven scholars from eight universities and colleges will examine these questions and more during this two-day interdisciplinary conference. Read the full schedule here


2021 Shadwell Speaker Series featuring Dr. Francis Collins and Professor Vivian Riefberg

  • April 28, 2021
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Zoom

Join Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins (Col ’70) and healthcare expert Vivian Riefberg, recently appointed the David C. Walentas Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor at the Darden School of Business, for a candid discussion about the challenges facing today’s global healthcare industry.


Why (and How) We Study War and the Military: Reflections on New Scholarship

  • April 22, 2021
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Zoom

Join the Foundation and GAGE for a roundtable discussion about the study of war and military history. William Hitchcock, the Corcoran Professor of History at U.Va., will moderate a discussion among three leading scholars in the field: Beth Bailey, director of the Center for Military, War, and Society Studies at the University of Kansas, Caroline Janney, the John L Nau III Professor in History of American Civil War at U.Va., and Andrew Preston, professor of American history and a fellow of Clare College at Cambridge University.


2021 Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue

  • April 13, 2021
  • 8:00am
  • Zoom

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation invites you to take part in the 2021 Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Designed and organized by Sarah Nelson, the current Ambrose Monell Foundation National Fellow in Technology and Democracy, this interdisciplinary conference, entitled “Media, Telecommunications, and Empire,” is a four-part series featuring 12 leading scholars, journalists, public policy experts, communications specialists, and historians.


Democracy and Law in Our Digital Age

  • February 23, 2021
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Zoom

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation is pleased to announce the next featured guests of its signature speaker series, JeffTalks. In partnership with GAGE, the Foundation invites you to join us for a conversation with privacy expert Danielle Citron and historian Will Hitchcock about the current challenges around online speech, digital privacy, and cyber civil rights. 


When the Voting Stops: The 2020 Presidential Election in Historical Perspective

  • November 30, 2020
  • 7:00pm - 8:15pm
  • Zoom

How will the 2020 U.S. presidential election shape our nation’s history? The Jefferson Scholars Foundation invites you to join three subject-matter experts and members of the Foundation’s National Fellowship community for a lively and candid discussion about the 2020 election results. Nathan Connolly, a two-time dream mentor for the National Fellowship Program, will moderate a discussion between National Fellow alumni Margaret O’Mara and Jon Shields. 


2020 Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue

  • October 19, 2020
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Zoom

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation invites you to join us for the 2020 Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Designed and organized by Scot McFarlane, the current Birdsall National Fellow, this interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars, authors, public historians, and community and environmental activists across a wide range of fields to explore the ways in which both rivers and their residents remember history through three interrelated themes–Slavery and Freedom, Indigenous Resistance, and Environmentalism. 


The Pandemic Economy: An Interim Report

  • September 16, 2020
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Zoom

What might post-pandemic economic recovery look like? Is a major inflation bout ahead of us?  Join a conversation with three current Jefferson Scholars who interned with U.Va. economics professor Ed Burton over the summer. Callie Freeman (JS ‘22), Udhava Gupta (JS ‘23), and Shafkat Pritom (JS ‘23) will share their insights and findings studying the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy. Jefferson Scholar alumnus Huntley Garriott, president of Live Oak Bank, will moderate the discussion.  




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