On Jefferson’s Birthday, Medalists Reflect on Their Careers and Look to the Future

The University of Virginia

April 13, 2016


In celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday Wednesday, winners of the 2016 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals gave public talks discussing advances in children’s advocacy, architecture, criminal justice reform and technological development. Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973, told an audience of about 250 at UVA’s Nau Hall auditorium Wednesday that she thought the nonprofit organization would be out of business by now. Instead the Children’s Defense Fund has become “an enduring sustainable model for citizen activism,” said Gerald Warburg, professor of practice in UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, which hosted her visit, when introducing Edelman.
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