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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 ConversationKeynote 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 – 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-director 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.

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Bill Antholis

Miller Center at the University of Virginia, Director and CEO
Bill Antholis serves as Director and CEO of the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. Immediately prior, he served as managing director at The Brookings Institution from... Read More →
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Ed Ayers

President Emeritus and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, University of Richmond
Ed Ayers is President Emeritus and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond. He is also former Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of History at the University of Virginia and winner of the 2013 National Humanities Medal. Ed Ayers... Read More →
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Peter Baker

Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times
Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times covering President Donald J. Trump. He previously covered the presidencies of Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for The Times and The Washington Post winning the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished... Read More →
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Brian Balogh

Compton Professor and Chair of the National Fellowship Program, Miller Center of Public Affairs
Brian Balogh is Compton Professor and Chair of the National Fellowship Program at UVa’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and Professor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia. Brian Balogh is the author of The Associational State: American Governance in the Twentieth... Read More →
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Douglas A. Blackmon

Executive Producer, American Forum
Douglas A. Blackmon is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer and filmmaker. His first book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, won the Pulitzer-Prize in 2009. He is currently host and executive producer of the nationally broadcast... Read More →
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Chris Cillizza

Journalist and Political Commentator, The Washington Post
Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for The Washington Post covering American electoral politics, the White House, gubernatorial, and Congressional elections. He also hosts the Ciquizza podcast. Cillizza frequently appears as a guest on various news outlets including... Read More →
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Senator Mark Warner

Virginia, United States Senate
The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader in Virginia before he was elected Governor in 2001. When he left the Governor’s Office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business... Read More →

Thursday April 13, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
The Paramount Theater, Main Stage 215 E Main St