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Meanings of Independence

In anticipation of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, this conference will bring together those who have an interest in the Revolution and its commemoration in 2026. The conference will take place online from October 18-20, and will be followed by a keynote lecture and in-person discussion on October 21-22 in Philadelphia, PA.

As the country moves closer to the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the Society, through its new David Center for the American Revolution, is holding a conference on October 18-22 on the “Meanings of Independence.” The conference aims to be unlike a traditional scholarly conference. Instead of scholars presenting scholarly papers to a scholarly audience, we hope to bring together public intellectuals, scholars, leaders of cultural organizations and government agencies, and other thought leaders who have an interest in the Revolution and its commemoration in 2026. We plan to draw a large in-person and online audience that represents this cross-section of individuals along with members of the public and educators. Our hope is that by bringing this diverse group of people together, attendees may be able to network with others and perhaps lay the foundation for collaborations that will bear fruit in 2026.

The symposium is free and open to all, but registration is required to attend. Links for virtual sessions will be sent separately via Zoom. All in-person sessions will be livestreamed.