PrezFest 2019 / Schedule

Schedule

Three days of panels, speakers, and "laboratories" to explore our most important institution

The 2019 Presidential Ideas Festival is organized around "presidential laboratories." Each lab will include an audience of observers who may also participate. These working sessions will culminate with keynote and plenary presentations and conversations over the course of three days. The program will include:

  • A total of nine working sessions
  • Jeffersonian meals (where about a dozen people gather to break bread and discuss a common issue as a group)
  • Keynote sessions
  • By-invitation dinners
  • Informal networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to tour the University of Virginia's historic campus, Monticello, Montpelier, Highland, and Morven

Donald Trump and Theresa May with "Sample Day" as a headline over the picture

While the actual PrezFest schedule is still being built, here's what a sample day might look like. Confirmed speakers include John Dickerson, Madeleine Albright, Thomas “Mack” McLarty, Jon Meacham, and David M. Kennedy.

9:00–9:30 a.m. 

KICK-OFF AND WELCOME

James Ryan, president of the University of Virginia
Alice Handy, chair of the Miller Center Governing Council
John Dickerson, co-host of CBS This Morning and master of ceremonies for PrezFest 2019

9:30–11:00 a.m.

PRESIDENTS AND THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER

Keynote plenary session

A conversation with former secretaries of state
Participants: Madeleine Albright (confirmed), Condoleezza Rice (invited)

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Constitution session: Religion and Secularism

Policy session: Why Presidents Go to War

People session: Immigration and Border Security

Democracy Lab session: Corruption and Authoritarianism

12:30–1:30 p.m.

JEFFERSONIAN LUNCHEON

Location: Downtown Charlottesville

President Thomas Jefferson was known for bringing together small groups of the brightest minds for fine dining and stimulating conversation. Mr. Jefferson had only two requests of his guests: one discussion at a time, and all must participate. Honoring this Jeffersonian tradition, a student-faculty pairing will lead this meal’s conversation on a particular topic.

2:00–3:00 p.m.

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Constitution session: Overreach of the Executive Branch

Policy session: Presidents and U.S.-China Relations

People session: Race and the Modern Presidency

Film Screening and Conversation with a Director

3:30–5:00 p.m.

LESSONS FROM WHITE HOUSE CHIEFS OF STAFF

Keynote plenary session

A conversation with former White House chiefs of staff

Participant: Thomas “Mack” McLarty (confirmed)

6:00–7:00 p.m

KEYNOTE LECTURE: JON MEACHAM

(confirmed speaker)

Location: Monticello

Monticello at dusk