The Valentine Welcomes Michelle Magner, Deputy Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, for Life, Liberty & Happiness Lecture on May 16, 2023

May 10, 2023

RICHMOND, VA – The Valentine and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond are pleased to announce the final installment of the 2022-2023 season of the Life, Liberty & Happiness lecture series, taking place on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. The featured speaker will be Michelle Magner, Deputy Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

As a globally recognized leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism, and battling bigotry since 1913, the ADL has been at the forefront of promoting democracy and fostering a just and inclusive society for all.

Michelle Magner will delve into the rich history of the ADL and shed light on the concerning rise of antisemitism, hate speech, and extremism in America today.

The event will be held at the Valentine First Freedom Center, located on the same corner where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom in 1777. The center aims to educate and engage diverse audiences about the freedom of conscience as first proclaimed in this revolutionary document, and its relevance in our lives today.

“We are thrilled to have Michelle Magner as our distinguished speaker for the next installment of the Life, Liberty & Happiness lecture series,” says Bill Martin, Director of the Valentine Museum. “Her expertise and insights into the ADL’s important work will undoubtedly contribute to a thought-provoking and enlightening lecture on the challenges we face in promoting tolerance and understanding in our society.”

The Life, Liberty & Happiness lecture series aims to highlight scholars whose work contributes to a greater of understanding of the meaning of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in our modern times. Through engaging discussions and thought-provoking presentations, the series fosters an environment for reflection and encourages meaningful dialogue on the values that underpin our society.

This lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required as space is limited. More information about this lecture and the link to register can be found at:

The Valentine First Freedom Center is located at 14 S. 14th Street, Richmond, VA, 29219.


The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s 400-year history for over a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region.

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