Founded in 1994 by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.—the private, nonprofit organization that has owned and operated Monticello since 1923—the ICJS has created a network of scholars, teachers, and students who engage a global audience in a dialogue with Jefferson’s ideas.  Through a fellowship programinternational scholarly conferences, panel discussions, teacher workshops, lectures, and curriculum-based tours, the ICJS establishes relationships with people from around the world. As a safety measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICJS has put online their regular programs usually offered in-person. The ICJS looks forward to welcoming you back to in-person programing in Fall 2021!

 

Using the links below you'll find both our upcoming and previous programs. Virtual programs at the ICJS are free, unless specified otherwise. In-person programs require advanced registration. For more information regarding ICJS programs, please contact Whitney Pippin (Scholarly Programs Coordinator) at wpippin@monticello.org.

News, Propaganda, and Diplomacy

A conference co-hosted by the American Academy of Diplomacy and The University of Virginia Center for Politics. October 30, 2021, 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. FREE, but registration is REQUIRED. (Registration opens September 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET). Please note: This conference is now VIRTUAL ONLY. There will be no in-person audience. 

Dolley Madison: a Quaker by Birth and a Slave Owner by Choice

Join the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello for a virtual Fellow's Forum with Holly Cowan Shulman, research professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. November 2, 2021, 4:00 p.m. EDT, virtual.

Be sure to check back frequently for more programs!

 

Book Launch: The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind

Join the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies for a book launch with author Andrew J. O'Shaughnessy (Saunders Director of the ICJS and Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation). October 5, 2021.

Transatlantic Slavery Symposium

The Transatlantic Slavery Symposium is a joint venture between the Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre at Benjamin Franklin House in London, the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Our aim is to bring together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to address the lasting impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade through panel discussions on themes ranging from its historical foundations and development in the Revolutionary Atlantic world to current best practices in the museums and heritage sector. We hope that by addressing this complex topic from a historical and contemporary perspective, that we can spark further discussions on how to bring stories of enslaved people to the forefront of public history internationally.

Violence and Peace in Virginia Legal Culture

Join the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello for a virtual Fellow's Forum with Matthew Steilen, Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo School of Law, State University of New York. Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Michaux Subscription List

Join the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello for a virtual Fellow's Forum with Patrick Spero, Librarian and Director of the American Philosophical Society Library. Thursday, July 8, 2021

Why Do We Teach the History of the American Revolution?

Presented by Jane Kamensky, Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University and the Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series is a collaborative effort between the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, the University of Virginia Library, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in the Corcoran Department of History at the University. The lecture was established to bring to the University eminent scholars whose research will provide fresh insights into topics related to Jefferson. The UVA Library is proud to be a sponsor of this event, continuing its mission of connecting people with resources and ideas as the center of the University's unique educational community. May 13, 2021.

The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution

Join the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello for a digital book talk with historian and Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, Colonel (Retired) Kevin J. Weddle, April 22, 2021.

Fiske and Marie Kimball: Shaping Our Experience of Buildings and Objects

Please join us as we investigate the many ways Fiske and Marie Kimball shaped our experience and understanding of art and architecture in the 20th century. Each of the ten speakers in this conference will share with us a different facet of the contributions made by this “power couple” of the early twentieth century, including the critical roles they played in the preservation of Monticello. A virtual conference hosted by the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, March 20, 2021. (This program is made possible by the Fiske and Marie Kimball/Monticello Fund, generously provided by the Trustees of the Jane Tarleton Smith Moore estate.)

The Education of John Adams

Join the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello for a digital book talk with R.B. Bernstein (Lecturer in Law and Politics at the City College of New York) on his newest book, "The Education of John Adams." December 15, 2020.

New Frontiers in Early American History

Join Mount Vernon and Monticello for a virtual talk with four emerging Early American History scholars. This event is co-sponsored by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. November 19, 2020.

Humboldt and Jefferson: Transatlantic Exchange of Knowledge and Ideas

Join the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany for a discussion between Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Saunders Director of the ICJS and Vice President of Monticello) and Dr. Sandra Rebok on the significance of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander von Humboldt for the sciences and transatlantic relationships. November 11, 2020

Does Europe Still Matter to America?

October 24, 2020, a virtual conference co-hosted by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies

Washington and Jefferson: It's Complicated

A discussion with Professor Frank Cogliano of the University of Edinburgh, co-hosted by Mount Vernon's Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, August 27, 2020

Virtual Book Talk with Laura Sandy on Overseers in Early America

Join Mount Vernon's Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello for a digital book talk with Dr. Laura Sandy of the University of Liverpool on her new book, The Overseers of Early American Slavery: Supervisors, Enslaved Labourers, and the Plantation Enterprise, July 28, 2020