U.Va.'s Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal Winners to Give Public Talks

April 7, 2009 — This year's recipients of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Citizen Leadership, Law and Architecture, the highest honors the University of Virginia presents, will give public talks Monday and Tuesday during Founder's Day activities.

Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, this year's winners of the Medal in Law, will discuss "Innocence, Science and Due Process" Monday at 4:15 p.m. in the Law School's Caplin Pavilion. Scheck and Neufeld are co-founders of the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal clinic that advocates for post-conviction DNA testing to exonerate the wrongfully convicted.

Warren Christopher, former United States secretary of state and winner of the 2009 Jefferson Medal in Citizen Leadership, will speak Tuesday at 3 p.m. at U.Va.'s Miller Center of Public Affairs on "Public Service, Public Policy and the Changing World." Joining him for the talk will be Miller Center director and former Virginia Gov. Gerald Baliles. A very limited number of seats are available to the public, with additional seating in the overflow area of the center.

American artist Robert Irwin, the winner of the 2009 Medal in Architecture, will speak Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium. His topic is "On the Nature of Abstraction."

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals are presented jointly with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello.

For more on the award and the recipients, see the previous press release.