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Founder's Day

Founder's Day: Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.            

Film Screening: David Adjaye - Collaborations: A Portrait of the Architect Through the Eyes of Others

The School of Architecture and UVA Open Grounds will present a screening of the feature length documentary on the work of British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye. The film features interviews with Adjaye’s collaborators, a roster of influential figures in the art and cultural world as well as a significant number of his architectural projects over the past 15 years. The collaborators – artists, curators and writers, most of them interviewed ‘on site’ – give creative insights into Adjaye’s buildings, while offering a highly personal perspective on their particular collaboration [Event Website]. 

Location: Campbell Hall, Room 153

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Medalist's Talk: Cary Fowler, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist in Citizen Leadership (By Invitation Only)

This event includes a seated lunch followed by remarks from Cary Fowler, an American agriculturalist and global champion of crop diversity and conservation, and audience Q&A. 

Location: The Great Hall, located in Garrett Hall


Public Talk: Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist in Law

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, will speak on "The Supreme Court and Business Litigation." Event is free and open to the public.

Location: Law School's Caplin Pavilion

Friday, April 13, 2018

9:45 - 11:00 a.m.                  

Monticello's Commemoration of Jefferson's 275th Birthday

Cary Fowler, the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership will be the featured speaker. This celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit Monticello's website.

Location: West Lawn of Monticello (map)

10:30 a.m.

Tree Planting Ceremony

It's an annual tradition at UVA to plant a tree ion Founder's Day in honor of an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the design, planning, and maintenance of the Grounds. This year's honoree is Environmental Programs Manager Jeff Sitler. 

The ceremony is open to the public. 

Location: West of the Dell tennis courts (map)


11:00 a.m.

Commemoration of Jefferson's 275th Birthday in Washington D.C.

Sponsored by the DC Sons of the American Revolution, in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Military District of Washington, this annual commemoration of Thomas Jefferson's birth features music by a military band, brief remarks, and the presentation of wreaths honoring the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. The ceremony also marks the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the Jefferson Memorial on April 13, 1943.

Brian Leung, a member of UVA's Bicentennial Commission, will serve as UVA's representative at the ceremony.  Brian graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and the School of Law in 2008.

The event is free and open to the public.

Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial
701 E Basin Dr
SW, Washington, DC 20242 (map)


Presentation of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals (By Invitation Only)

Location: The Rotunda

4:00 p.m.

Public Talk: Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist in Architecture

Sir David Adjaye OBE is a globally acclaimed architect and founder of Adjaye Associates renowned for his ingenious use of materials and sculptural designs, including the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture. Event is free and open to the public.
Location: Old Cabell Hall Auditorium

4:00 p.m.

Yen House Dedication Ceremony

 The former Lewis House, a dormitory in UVA's International Residential College, has been renamed to honor Yan Huiqing, known as W.W. Yen, who was the first Chinese student to graduate from UVA (1900) and the first international student to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Yen was China's first ambassador to the Soviet Union, a delegate in the League of Nations, and was ultimately appointed as Premier and acting President of China [more].

The ceremony is open to the public.To register for the event, please click here

Complimentary parking will be available in the Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage. Shuttle bus service to/from the Yen House will also be available. 

Location: Yen House [207 Sprigg Lane]
Rain Location: Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library



Last updated: April 12, 2018