Preliminary Conference Program

BOSTON - June 21 to June 23

Sunday, June 21 (open to the public)

4:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Registration--Boston Public Library, Rabb Auditorium, Concourse Level, Johnson Building

5:00 p.m.

Boston Keynote Address (Boston Public Library, open to the public)

Dr. Edward L. (Ted) Widmer, Director of the John Carter Brown Library

6:15 p.m.

Opening Reception


Monday, June 22

8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Registration--Boston Public Library, Popular Reading Room, McKim Building

9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Adams and Jefferson as Book Collectors (Boston Public Library)

David Emblidge, Emerson College, Bibliomany Has Possessed Me: Thomas Jefferson, the Booksellers’ Customer Extraordinaire
Beth Prindle, Boston Public Library, Thought, Care and Money: John Adams Assembles His Library
Kevin J. Hayes, University of Central Oklahoma, Jefferson’s Vacation Library
Commentator: Marcus McCorison, American Antiquarian Society

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tour of John Adams’ Library at the Boston Public Library

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Libraries, Law, and Political Philosophy (Massachusetts Historical Society)

David T. Konig, Washington University in St. Louis, Whig Lawyering in the Legal Education of Thomas Jefferson
Gregg Lint, Adams Papers, John Adams, Thomas Pownall and Peace in 1780
R. B. Bernstein, New York Law School, Let us dare to read, think, speak and write: John Adams’s Uses of Reading as Political and Constitutional Armory
Commentator: Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College Law School

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tour of the MHS Adams and Jefferson Holdings, largely manuscript

Tuesday, June 23

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (Boston Public Library)

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Adams, Jefferson, and Nationalism

Richard Ryerson, Former Editor-in-Chief, Adams Papers, A John Adams Paradox: Provincial Lawyer, Cosmopolitan Reader, Ardent Nationalist
Keith Thomson, American Philosophical Society, Jefferson, Buffon, and the European View of America
Brian Steele, University of Birmingham, Alabama, The Yeomanry of the United States are not the Canaille of Paris: Thomas Jefferson, American Exceptionalism, and the Spirit of Democracy
Commentator: Joanne Freeman, Yale University

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Libraries and the Enlightenment (Boston Public Library)

Frank Shuffelton, University of Rochester, Taking the Enlightenment Abroad: Thomas Jefferson in France
Billy Wayson, University of Virginia, "Considerably different...for her sex...": Fashioning Martha Jefferson as Republican Daughter and Plantation Mistress
Commentator: Mary Kelley, University of Michigan

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tour of the Adams National Historical Site, Quincy

Wednesday, June 24 Travel day

CHARLOTTESVILLE - June 25 to June 27

Thursday, June 25 (open to the public)

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration--University of Virginia, Auditorium of the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture and Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.


4:15 p.m.

Charlottesville Keynote Address (University of Virginia)

Gary Hart, Wirth Chair Professor at the University of Colorado, distinguished fellow at the New America Foundation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

5:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Friday, June 26

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Jefferson and Adams as Readers (University of Virginia)

Heather Jackson, University of Toronto, John Adams’ Marginalia Then and Now
Jeff Looney, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, "I shall not retain a single one": The Limits of Thomas Jefferson's Library Catalogues
Mark Dimunation, Library of Congress, "The Whole of Recorded Knowledge": Jefferson as Collector and Reader
Commentator: Christa Dierksheide

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Libraries and the Revolution (University of Virginia)

David S. Shields, University of South Carolina, Green Ink: Jefferson & the Print World of Transatlantic Agriculture
Martha King, Jefferson Papers, "History is not the province of the ladies": Adams, Jefferson, and Histories of Revolution
Eric Stockdale John Stockdale, London Bookseller and Publisher of Adams and Jefferson
Commentator: C. James Taylor, Massachusetts Historical Society

4:30 p.m.

Tour of the University of Virginia

Saturday, June 27

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Jefferson, Adams, and Religion (Monticello)

Constance B. Schulz, University of South Carolina, "Train up a Child in the Way He Should Go": Books and the Earliest Religious Training of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Philip Goff, Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis, Balancing Mobs and Aristocrats: Religion, Politics, and Society in the Career of John Adams
Frank Lambert, Purdue University, A FREE INQUIRY under the authority of the People: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on Religion
John Ragosta, University of Virginia, Jefferson’s Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom: How We Got It, What We Did with It
Commentator: Conrad Edick Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Legacy of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (Monticello)

Frank Cogliano, University of Edinburgh, "Thomas Jefferson is looking down on you, and he’s dissatisfied!" The Thomas Jefferson Paradox
John Kaminski of the Center for American Studies, University of Wisconsin, They "thought for all of us": The Contradictory Intersections of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Commentator: Robert Baron, American Antiquarian Society

4:30 p.m.

Tour of Monticello

6:00 p.m.

Closing Reception