Registration Now Open: "The Spirit of Inquiry in the Age of Jefferson," American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA, June 7-8, 2018

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June 7, 2018 to June 8, 2018
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Colonial America, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

The Spirit of Inquiry in the Age of Jefferson


June 7 – 8, 2018


American Philosophical Society
Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA


Co-sponsored by the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, the National Constitution Center, and the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania


In commemoration of the 275th anniversary of the American Philosophical Society’s founding in 1743 and the birth of its long-time President, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, APS 1780, President 1797-1814), the APS Library, along with the National Constitution Center and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, are organizing a daylong symposium that aims to explore the history of science, knowledge production, and learning during the Age of Jefferson (1743-1826).


The event is free and opent to the public. Registration and the full symposium program are available on our website:




5:30-7:30pm Evening Reception and Keynote

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA


Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Saunders Director

Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello




9:30-10:30am Panel 1: Knowledge Networks


Matthew Franco, College of William and Mary 


Joseph Eaton, National Chengchi University


Diane Ehrenpreis and Endrina Tay, Monticello


Comment by Barbara Oberg, Princeton University



11:00-12:00pm Panel 2: Institutions of Knowledge


Reed Gochberg, Harvard University                                                                                    

Paul Sivitz, Idaho State University


Timothy Minella, Villanova University


Comment by Babak Ashrafi, Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine



1:00-2:00pm Panel 3: Science and Religion in Jefferson’s America


Jonathon Awtrey, Louisiana State University


Kirsten Fischer, University of Minnesota


Arthur Kiron, University of Pennsylvania


Comment by Kyle Roberts, Loyola University Chicago



2:15-3:15pm Panel 4: Useful Knowledge


Andrew Fagal, Princeton University


Danielle Willkens, Auburn University


Andrew Wehrman, Central Michigan University


Comment by Keith Thomson, American Philosophical Society/ University of Oxford



3:30-4:30pm Panel 5: Negotiating Knowledge


Elizabeth Hyde, Kean University


Phillip Ziesche, Yale University


Cara Rogers, Rice University


Comment by Richard Shiffrin, Indiana University