As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public for at least the rest of the summer. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the summer and fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

The Spirit of Inquiry in the Age of Jefferson

In commemoration of the 275th anniversary of the American Philosophical Society’s founding in 1743 and the birth of its long-time President, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, APS 1780, President 1797-1814), the APS Library, along with the National Constitution Center, the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, and the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania are organizing a daylong symposium that aims to explore the history of science, knowledge production, and learning during the Age of Jefferson (1743-1826).

The Spirit of Inquiry in the Age of Jefferson will convene at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia on June 7-8, 2018.

The event also will feature a special panel on the topic of science and religion during the mid-18th to the early 19th centuries sponsored by the  Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania as part of their 2017-2018 theme, “Nature Between Science and Religion: Jewish Culture and the Natural World.”

On this page, you will find information on the conference program and registration. The live stream will begin on Friday, June 8, 2018.