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Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals

Thomas Jefferson Foundation MedalThe University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Law, Citizen Leadership, and Global Innovation during their joint Founder's Day activities.

The awards are presented jointly by UVA, which he founded in Charlottesville in 1819, and by the Foundation, the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates his home, Monticello.

The 2017 recipients are:

Loretta Lynch, the first African-American female attorney general in U.S. history, known for her impressive career prosecuting cases involving narcotics, violent crimes, public corruption and civil rights. More »

Alice Waters, founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project, chef, author, food activist, founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California, who has championed local, sustainable agriculture for more than four decades. More »

N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian entrepreneur and visionary leader who founded and grew Infosys into an information technology powerhouse through the design and implementation of the global delivery model for outsourcing services. More »

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Irish founders and directors of Grafton Architects, renowned for their creative and visionary academic and educational buildings. More »

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals are the highest external honors bestowed by the University, which grants no honorary degrees. They recognize achievements of those who embrace endeavors in which Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president, excelled and held in high regard.

2017 Founders Day Events

Alice Waters will be the featured speaker at Monticello's commemoration of Jefferson's 274th birthday, on April 13 at 10 a.m. on the West Lawn of Monticello with a pre-ceremony performance beginning at 9:45 a.m. The celebration is free and open to the public and will be live streamed at  

The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will also host Waters for public remarks in Garrett Hall Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Following her remarks, a panel featuring Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosa Atkins will discuss Charlottesville food systems and promoting healthy schools. More about the event. 

The UVA School of Law will host a public talk by Lynch on April 13, at 4 p.m., in the Caplin Auditorium at the Law School.  

The UVA School of Architecture will host a public talk by Farrell and McNamara on April 13 at 3 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

The UVA Darden School of Business will host a public talk by Murthy on April 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Darden’s Abbott Center Auditorium.


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