Thomas Jefferson's Legacy and Religious Freedom

October 11, 2017
Montalto, 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway

Miller Center Event Featuring Religious Studies Professors Kathleen Flake and Charles Mathewes


9:00am–9:10am – Welcome by Leslie Greene Bowman, president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and Bill Antholis, executive director, The Miller Center

9:10am–10:15am – Panel 1: Jefferson’s Legacy on Religion in the Public Square

Moderator: Andrew O’Shaughnessy, vice president of Monticello and director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Peter Onuf, professor emeritus, department of history, University of Virginia

John Ragosta, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and author of Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy, America's Creed


10:30am–12:00pm – Panel 2: The State of Religious Freedom Around the World

Moderator: Charles Mathewes, professor of religious studies, University of Virginia

Rabbi David Saperstein, President Obama’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom

Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow at Wellesley College’s Freedom Project and author of The Islamic Jesus

Kathleen Flake, professor of religious studies, University of Virginia

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.