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.  


Risk & Resilience: Autism Families & Brain Science in the Time of COVID-19

  • May 31, 2020
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Zoom

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation is pleased to announce the continuation of its signature speaker series, JeffTalks. Join Kevin Pelphrey, the Harrison-Wood Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor, for a webinar discussion on the risks and challenges of living with and treating autism during this unprecedented time. Dr. Pelphrey’s groundbreaking research at U.Va. uses brain science to develop biologically based tools that detect, stratify, and tailor treatments for individuals with autism. 


2019 Shadwell Speaker Series featuring Wes Moore

  • October 18, 2019
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Abbott Center Auditorium at Darden

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the Shadwell Society present the 6th annual Shadwell Speaker Series featuring Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood Foundation, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. Moore’s first book, The Other Wes Moore, a perennial New York Times bestseller, captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. He is also the author of the bestselling books The Work, Discovering Wes Moore, and This Way Home.

Tickets are free, and limited to 4 per person. Advance tickets are available at the U.Va. Arts Box Office.



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