Academic conferences constitute a major vehicle for engaging a global audience in Jefferson’s ideas. The ICJS has organized dozens of conferences and seminars on a wide range of topics and has co-sponsored a number of scholarly symposia with the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the University of Virginia. The ICJS has also sponsored international conferences at academic institutions in Australia, China, Cuba, Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Britain, Poland, Austria, and Italy; these international symposia are headlined by prominent historians, including Annette Gordon-Reed, Gordon Wood, Peter S. Onuf, and David Armitage. The ICJS regularly hosts lectures, informal talks, and panel discussions with invited speakers, visiting researchers, and Monticello scholars.
Interpreting and Representing Slavery and its Legacies in Museums and Sites: International Perspectives, March 19- 21, 2018 Museums and sites around the Atlantic World have developed a variety of approaches to represent the history and legacies of the slave trade, slavery, and emancipation. Exhibitions, digital media, commemorations, monuments, educational materials, and works of visual and performaning arts have made visible in popular memory and landscapes the ubiquity of slavery and its effects throughout America, Africa, and even Europe. Interpretation has varied greatly over recent decades, and continues to vary regionally as communities grapple with the tension between history and memory. Identifying resonant approaches to communicate this shared history – portraying the horrors of slavery as well as the feelings, thoughts, resistance, creativity and resilience of enslaved peoples – remains a challenge.
Education in the Early Republic and the Founding of the University of Virginia, May 24-25, 2018 On May 24-25, 2018 the Robert H. International Center for Jefferson Studies will hold a conference on “Education in the Early Republic and the Founding of the University of Virginia,” in collaboration with the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. The event is part of the ongoing celebration of the University of Virginia Bicentennial. The conference will mark the 200th anniversary of the Rockfish Gap Commission which represents Jefferson’s vision and plan for The University.
The conference will place the founding of The University in the context of educational developments in the early republic. Alan Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, will deliver the keynote address where he will discuss his current research on education in Virginia after the American Revolution. Other speakers will include Patrick Spero, the Librarian and Director of the Library of the American Philosophical Society; Johann N Neem, the author of Democracy’s Schools. The Rise of Public Education in America (2017); Carolyn Eastman, A Nation of Speechifiers; Making an American Public after the Revolution (2010); Cameron Addis, the author of Jefferson’s Vision of Education (2003); Robert McDonald, the author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson in His Own Time (2017); Darren Staloff, The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts (1997); Kirt von Daacke, the author of Freedom Has a Face: Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson’s Virginia (2012), Peter Onuf, author of The Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2007); Neven Leddy, author of On Civic Republicanism: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics (2016) and J. Jefferson Looney, the editor of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (Retirement Series).
Hamilton vs. Jefferson: On History, Freedom, and Republican Government, November 15-17, 2018. Check back in the fall for more details!
Independence, Revolts, and the Early Americas, December 4-6, 2018, co-hosted by the University of Notre Dame, Santiago, Chile (Closed symposium)
Ireland, America and Empire in the Age of Jefferson, May 8-20, 2017, Galway, Connemara, and Dublin
America's Security Alliances: What's the Price? What Are They Worth?, October 28, 2017 For over 150 years America avoided “entangling alliances.” Paradoxically, after WW II we became the world’s central builder of security alliances and were, and are, the essential element in holding together the major alliances of the early 21st Century. President Trump has raised fundamental questions about the current value of such alliances to the United States, a question echoed by many Americans. In a post-Cold-War world, do we need our security alliances? What alliances do we need and at what price? These are the subjects this free, one-day conference will discuss.
The event will feature speakers who will highlight different perspectives on these issues, including a retrospective on the American approach to alliances from George Washington’s time to the eve of WW II. The panel discussion between Ambassador Joe Mussomeli, Ambassador Bob Beecroft, and Ambassador Deborah McCarthy will cover alternative viewpoints of alliances, the risks we take by neglecting key security alliances, and the question of alliance risks outliving their usefulness, possible adjustments, and effective commitments.
The keynote address, Considering Alliances in Terms of America’s Place in the World – a Broader Look at the Theme of Leadership, will be delivered by Ambassador Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary for South Asia, ambassador to Cyprus, and Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Diplomatic Challenges for the Next Administration, October 22, 2016 The next US administration will confront a tumultuous world full of formidable diplomatic challenges. Any American response is complicated by the differing interests of parties and states whose cooperation is essential to finding solutions. Defending and further promoting our interests while also promoting our values—which sustain our country as well as our allies and friends—will be the core diplomatic challenge for the new president. The event will feature three speakers who will highlight different perspectives on this issue, with the keynote given by Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and concurrent Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy and Monticello's Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.
Propaganda, Persuasion, and the Press in the American Revolution, April 2016 Hong Kong (Hong Kong University)
Diplomacy and Elected Autocrats, October 24, 2015 A discussion co-hosted by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. A free, one-day conference, consisting of panel discussions between former American Ambassadors which will focus on several specific cases, with a view to developing a global focus on American policy and effective diplomatic responses, keynote speaker Lorne Craner, at the Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto. Sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy and Monticello's Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.
Thomas Jefferson: Local and Global, May 18-19, 2015 University of Milano Cattolica
The Marquis de Lafayette and the European Friends of the American Revolution, June 13-15, 2015 The conference is co-hosted by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAE), the Friends of Lafayette, Friends of Hermione–Lafayette in America, and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. In partnership with George Washington's Mount Vernon, the University of Virginia and Monticello, the conference will take place at Mt. Vernon, VA. Organized by Professor Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy of the University of Virginia, the talks will explore the role of the Marquis of Lafayette and the European Friends of the American Revolution. It will be attended by 300 academics and invited guests.
Diplomacy and Violent Jihad, October 25, 2014 A discussion co-hosted by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. A free, one-day conference, consisting of panel discussions between former American Ambassadors which will focus on several specific cases, with a view to developing a global focus on American policy and effective diplomatic responses, keynote speaker Ambassador Robert Ford, at the Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto. Sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy and Monticello's Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.
Natural Rights in the Post-Revolutionary Arab World: Realities & Challenges, April 18-20, 2014 The Arab Center for Scientific Research & Humane Studies in partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, in collaboration with Ibn Tofail University. Kenitra, Morocco
Institutions of Knowledge and the Future of Enlightenment, May 1-2, 2014 The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, linking with the Re:Enlightenment Project. On Grounds at the University of Virginia and at the Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto
Jeffersonians in Power: A Celebration of the Work of Peter Onuf, May 9-10, 2014 At the Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto
Diplomacy and Transitioning Governments: Critical Lessons, October 26, 2013 Co-hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the American Academy of Diplomacy Lord Paddy Ashdown, keynote speaker. At the Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto.
Federalism in the Age of Jefferson, June 24 - 26, 2013 Discussions about Jefferson’s federalism and the European Union. Estoril Political Forum, Portugal
DAACS Research Consortium: Opening Conference, May 22 – May 23, 2013 This two-day event is brings together for an initial planning session partners in an innovative collaborative project designed to advance the archaeological study of slavery in North America and the Caribbean. The project builds on the foundation of the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (www.daacs.org ), based in the Smith ICJS at Monticello, and is funded by a recent grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Jefferson Library at the Roberth H. Smith Center for International Studies
Arctic Archives Conference on Digital History, May 23-24, 2013 Co-sponsored with Jefferson Institute in Washington DC and Serbia At the Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto
The Haitian Declaration of Independence in an Atlantic Context, March 7-8, 2013 Using the Haitian Declaration of Independence in order to address the central questions about the making of the modern Atlantic World. Inspired by David Armitage’s global study of the Declaration of Independence, this conference seeks to contextualize the ways in which the only successful slave revolution led o the world’s second Declaration of Independence. The Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto
The Eighteenth Centuries: An Interdisciplinary Symposium , March 1-2, 2013 Examining history, literature, art, music, philosophy, and politics of the 18th century from various perspectives. Co-sponsored by UVA and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies At the University of Virginia and the Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto
Telling the History of Slavery: Scholarship, Museum Interpretation, and the Public, February 22–23, 2013 This two-day event will feature panel discussions exploring recent innovations in slavery research and its impact on scholarship and public interpretation. Monticello
Democracy, Republicanism and State Building in the Age of Jefferson: An International Symposium, November 16-18, 2012 Co-sponsored by the Department of History, Peking University and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello Beijing, China
SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution: Thomas Jefferson's Lives: Biography as a Construction of History, June 22-24, 2012 Co-sponsored by Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and ICJS Thomas Jefferson's Montalto
Soundscapes of Jefferson’s America, March 30-31, 2012 Co-sponsored by the UVA Department of Music and the ICJS Thomas Jefferson's Montalto
Diplomacy and Revolution, March 19, 2012 Co-hosted by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the ICJS Thomas Jefferson's Montalto
Jefferson and Cuba, December 5-7, 2011 Sponsored by the ICJS Havana, Cuba
Idealism, Statecraft, and Foreign Policy in Jeffersonian America and Russia of Alexander I, October 13-14, 2011 Co-hosted by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the ICJS Moscow, Russia
Jefferson, Culture, and Diplomacy in the Age of Revolution, September 8, 2011 Co-hosted by the Cercle Jefferson France-Amériques and the ICJS France-Amériques Headquarters, Paris
Education and Diplomacy, June 13, 2011 Co-sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the ICJS Thomas Jefferson's Montalto
Cosmopolitanism and Nationhood in the Age of Jefferson, December 2-3, 2010 Organized by the John F. Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies and the ICJS Berlin, Germany
Jefferson's Declaration around the World and The American Declaration of Independence and the Democratic World, August 17, 2010 Co-sponsored by the University of Canterbury and the ICJS Christchurch, New Zealand
Curiosity Seminar, August 13, 2010 Co-sponsored by the Center for Colonialism and Its Aftermath, University of Tasmania, and the ICJS Hobart, Tasmania
The Impact of the Declaration of Independence, August 11-12, 2010 Co-sponsored by Sydney University's School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and the ICJS Sydney, Australia
Stability & Reconstruction. The Jeffersonian Diplomatic Tradition and Contemporary Security: Lessons Learned from Afghanistan, Marcy 20, 2010 Co-sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the ICJS Jefferson Library at the Roberth H. Smith Center for International Studies
What is the legacy of Thomas Jefferson and why does it matter today, The Jefferson Symposium, April 2010 Co-sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello and Sydney University's School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) Sydney, Australia
Early Modern Virginia: New Thoughts on the Old Dominion, August 17-18, 2007 In association with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, State University of New York-Binghamton, Hampden-Sydney College, and the Rockefeller Library of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Jefferson Library at the Roberth H. Smith Center for International Studies
The Call for a New World Order: Thomas Jefferson's Separation of Religion and State, March 7-9, 2007 Archbishop's Palace, Prague, Czech Republic
Legacies of Founding: The Heritage of Early American Democracy in Contemporary Times, March 4, 2007 In association with the U.S. Embassy and the Central European University Budapest, Hungary
Inventing America: The Interplay of Technology and Democracy in Shaping American Identity, November 3-4, 2006 In association with the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science's Department of Technology and Society At the University of Virginia
Dialogue among Civilizations, September 9, 2006 Featuring His Excellency Seyyed Muhammed Khatami, the former President of Iran Monticello's Jefferson Library
Thomas Jefferson Today, April 20-12, 2006* Texas Christian University, Fort Worth
Oxford/University of Virginia Symposium, April 14-15, 2005 and March 4-5, 2006 Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (April 2005) Lincoln College, Oxford University (March, 2006)
Conferences and Symposia prior to 2006
"The Old World and the New: Exchanges between America and Europe in the Age of Jefferson" (Salzburg, Austria, October 2005)
Oxford/University of Virginia Symposium ( Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, April 14-15, 2005)*
"Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers in Retirement" (Kenwood, March 2005)
"The Louisiana Purchase" (Paris, May 2002, and Kenwood, October 2002)
"Thomas Jefferson, Rights, and the Contemporary World" (Bellagio, Italy, June 2002)
"Thomas Jefferson and the Ideals of the American Revolution" (Berlin, May 2002)
"Thomas Jefferson and the Revolution of 1800" (December 2000)*
"Jefferson and His Friends" ( Paris, October 2000)
"Thomas Jefferson, Democracy, and the New Poland" ( Warsaw, June 2001)
"History and New Technologies in the Twenty-first Century" (November 1999)*
"The Ideas and Ideals of Thomas Jefferson: Do They Transcend Time and Place" (London, September 1999)
"Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture" (March 1999)
"Housing Slavery in the Age of Jefferson: Comparative Archaeological, Architectural, and Historic Perspective" (October 1998)"
Interpreting the -€˜Great Man:' The Image of Thomas Jefferson in the Twenty-first Century" (1998)
"A Definitive Edition of Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia" (September 1997)
"A Definitive Edition of Jefferson's Legal Commonplace Book" (May 1997)
"New Horizons in Jefferson Scholarship" (October 1996)
" Jefferson's Architectural Drawings" (May 1996)*
"Interpreting Slavery at Historic Sites in the Upper South" (November 1995)