Past Events

Personal Memories of 50 Years at the University

“Personal Memories of 50 Years at the University”
Featuring John Casteen, Leonard Sandridge and Larry Sabato
November 17, 2015 at Alumni Hall

For the inaugural event, Larry Sabato moderated a conversation with former University President John Casteen and former University Executive Vice President Leonard Sandridge for an audience of nearly 100 Thomas Jefferson Society members. Casteen and Sandridge reflected on their experiences at the University, shared their views on challenges in higher education such as funding, admission, and tenure, and gave recommendations for the future success of the University and its leadership.


Islamic State: Understanding Its Strategy and Organization

“Islamic State: Understanding Its Strategy and Organization”
Featuring Philip Potter, Associate Professor of Politics
March 15, 2015 at Alumni Hall

At the second TJ Coffee Chat, Philip Potter explained the international networks that make up Islamic State. Potter explained how opposing nations, like the United States, ought to take a holistic view of these relationships in order to disrupt the organization.


Degrees of Freedom: A History of Higher Education in America

“Degrees of Freedom: A History of Higher Education in America”
The American History Guys: Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, and Peter Onuf

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Alumni Hall

The History Guys reflected upon the ever-changing role of higher education in American society and unpacked these issues through the lens of the University of Virginia’s distinguished history.


Father of the University of Virginia: Thomas Jefferson's Third Revolution

“Father of the University of Virginia: Thomas Jefferson’s Third Revolution”
Coy Barefoot
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Alumni Hall

Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot explores the little-known stories about the founding of the University of Virginia.


Rediscovering the Rotunda: Seminar and Open House

Rediscovering the Rotunda: Seminar and Open House
Brian Hogg, Senior Preservation Planner
Jody Lahendro, Historic Preservation Architect
Steve Thompson, Principal at Rivanna Archaeological Services
November 15, 2016 at Alumni Hall

Members of the TJ Society heard the experts of the Rotunda share the challenges, innovations, and discoveries of the restoration project in a “behind the scenes” discussion. After the seminar, they had the opportunity to explore the Rotunda for themselves!


Thomas Jefferson Society Luncheon

Thomas Jefferson Society Luncheon
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, FL

Members of the TJ Society came together with University faculty and President Teresa A. Sullivan for the TJ Society’s first ever regional event in Palm Beach, Florida.

Concussion: Are we heading in the right direction?

Concussion: Are we heading in the right direction?
Jacob Resch, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Alumni Hall

Professor Resch discussed current and future directions of concussion research and clinical practice and where we are heading in order to better care for those diagnosed with this ambiguous injury

59 Parks in 59 Weeks

59 Parks in 59 Weeks
A Review of the Nation’s National Parks with
COL ’07 alum Darius Nabors
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Alumni Hall

Darius Nabors (COL’ 07) was living the “Wahoo dream”, working at UVA and living in Charlottesville. That is, until he decided to live out another dream and visit all 59 US National Parks. In 2015, he quit his job and moved into a Dodge 2500 truck as he drove around the country to visit all 59 US National Parks in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. This Coffee Chat will feature the highlights of his tens of thousands of photos and the stories of what he saw.

Ethics in Modern Medicine

Physician-Assisted Dying: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Jim Childress, John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics
Thursday, November 30 at Alumni Hall

Over the last few years, several states in the U.S. have adopted laws that permit physician-assisted dying (PAD), sometimes called physician-assisted suicide, and other states are considering such laws. These laws permit physicians, under certain conditions, to prescribe medication so patients can end their lives.

This presentation will consider why PAD has become a positive option for some; the ethical arguments, pros and cons about PAD; the experience in states and other countries that have accepted PAD; and concerns about a “slippery slope” in assisted dying that may put vulnerable populations at risk particularly in the absence of universal health care.

TJ Society Holiday Cocktail Party

Check out photos from the TJ Society Holiday Party at Carr’s Hill here!