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Founder's Day

Founder's Day: Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 11

2:15 p.m.

Medalist's Talk: Judge Carlton Reeves, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist in Law

The event is free and open to the public.

Location: Caplin Auditorium (map

Friday, April 12

9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Monticello's Commemoration of Jefferson's 276th Birthday

Monticello will mark the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth with a celebration and ceremony, featuring a keynote address by Sylvia Earle, the 2019 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership. This celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit Monticello's website.

Location: West Lawn of Monticello (map)

11:00 a.m.

Founder's Day Tree Planting Ceremony in Honor of Dr. Marcus Martin

During his 23 years of service to UVA, Dr. Martin has provided inspiring and humble leadership in the medical and university community and worked tirelessly on diversity and equity initiatives on Grounds and beyond. The ceremony will include remarks from Jim Ryan, President of UVA; Worthy Martin, Chair of the Arboretum & Landscape Committee; and Dr. Martin. The event is open to the public, and free parking will be available in the Culbreth Road Parking Garage (map). 

Location: on the east side of the Rotunda, near Brooks Hall (map)


Presentation of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals (By Invitation Only)

Location: The Rotunda

1:00 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson’s Contributions and Contradictions

John Ragosta, a historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and a fellow at Virginia Humanities, will discuss Thomas Jefferson’s achievements as well as the contradictions inherent in his views of human freedom and other issues. Q&A to follow remarks. This event is open to the public.

Location: Old Cabell Hall Auditorium (map)

3:00 p.m.

Medalist's Talk: Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalists in Architecture

The event is free and open to the public.

Location: Old Cabell Hall Auditorium (map)

Saturday, April 13

11:00 a.m.

Commemoration of Jefferson's 276th Birthday in Washington D.C.

Sponsored by the DC Sons of the American Revolution, in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Military District of Washington, this annual commemoration of Thomas Jefferson's birth features music by a military band, a brief address, and the presentation of wreaths honoring the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial [701 E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242]

Please check back in the coming weeks for a complete schedule of events.


Last updated: March 28, 2019