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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, and Citizen Leadership 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 2018 recipients are:

Sir David Adjaye OBE, a globally acclaimed architect and founder of Adjaye Associates renowned for his ingenious use of materials and sculptural designs, including the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture; More »

Frank H. Easterbrook, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and senior lecturer of law at the University of Chicago Law School known for his expertise in antitrust law, criminal law and procedure, and corporate law. More »

Morgan Carrington "Cary" Fowler Jr., an American agriculturalist and former executive director of the Crop Trust whose decades of work championing crop diversity and conservation included the creation of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault — the world’s largest collection of crop diversity, housing more than 930,000 distinct varieties. View his keynote speech at Monticello on April 13, 2018 »

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.

2018 Founders Day Events

Cary Fowler will be the featured speaker at Monticello's commemoration of Jefferson's 275th 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 UVA School of Law will host a public talk by Judge Easterbrook on April 13 at noon in the Caplin Auditorium at the Law School.  

The UVA School of Architecture will host a public talk by Reeves on April 13 at 4 p.m. in UVA's Cabell Hall Auditorium.



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