April 13 is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. Charlottesville, Virginia was his home, alongside three other Founding Fathers whose influence on American democracy is difficult to overstate. At the sixth annual Tom Tom Founders Festival, we will sit down with some of the nation’s leading presidential scholars and journalists covering the White House to assess President Trump at 100 Days, the state of American democracy, where we’re headed, and what some of the big ideas are for our collective future.
Segment 1: Keynote Conversation
Keynote Speakers include Mark Warner, United States Senator, and Bill Antholis, Director and CEO of the Miller Center.
Segment 2: BackStory Panel on History of Media and the Presidency
BackStory’s Ed Ayers and Brian Balogh welcome Christa Dierksheide, a historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, to a panel discussion on the “History of Media and the Presidency.”
Segment 3: Miller Center on Innovations in the Media
Speakers will include Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent of The New York Times; Chris Cillizza, political commentator and writer of “The Fix” at the Washington Post; Russell Riley, co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center; Douglas A. Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and host of the Miller Center’s American Forum TV program; and Nicole Hemmer, columnist for US News & World Report and Vox.com and assistant professor of presidential studies at the Miller Center.