"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
-Thomas Jefferson, 1816


Thinking with Jefferson: American Constitutional and Political Thought

  • Moderator: Dustin Gish, Christopher Newport University
  • Jeremy Bailey, University of Houston, "Jefferson's Revolutionary Constitution"
  • Daniel Klinghard, College of the Holy Cross, "Jefferson and Hamilton on Technology and Constitutionalism"

Luncheon Address

  • Introduction: Phillip Hamilton, Christopher Newport University
  • Speaker: Charles F. Hobson, College of William & Mary, "John Marshall and Thomas Jefferson: An Enduring Rivalry"

Living with Jefferson

  • Moderator: Dustin Gish, Christopher Newport University
  • Christa Dierksheide, International Center for Jefferson Studies - Monticello, "Slavery in Jefferson's Worlds"
  • Jan Ellen Lewis, Rutgers University, "White Lies"
  • Susan Stein, Thomas Jefferson Foundation - Monticello, "Interpreting the Lives of Enslaved and Free People at Monticello"

Perspectives on Religion at the Founding

  • Moderator: Carl Scott, Christopher Newport University
  • Daniel Dreisbach, American University, "On the Role of Religion in American Public Life"
  • John Ragosta, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, "Jefferson, Adams and Madison: A Conversation on Religious Liberty"

Keynote Address

  • Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia, "Jefferson and Washington: Nation-Making and the Problem of Slavery"