*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Lunch with James Monroe

Think cruel, rude, and destructive national politics is limited to today? Think again. Come to Highland, the restored name for President James Monroe’s home–three miles from Monticello–during this, the bicentennial year of his election. You will learn how President Monroe, the fifth and forgotten of our founding Presidents (1817–1825) was forced to be inaugurated outdoors because of bad manners; how he fended off a choleric cabinet member who threatened to cane him; how he broke up a duel during a White House dinner; and how Monroe was earlier threatened with a duel by the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, formerly a colleague during the Revolutionary War. Listen to how Governor James Monroe responds to the threat of how President-elect Thomas Jefferson might be cheated out of taking office in 1801, and his remembrance of two presidential elections that had to be settled in the House of Representatives as the Nation held its breath. Note: A complimentary group tour of James Monroe’s Highland will be offered prior to the last class meeting on March 21 at 10:00 a.m.
A boxed lunch ($13.50 each) will be served during each of these three sessions. Once your enrollment in this course is confirmed, please contact the OLLI office by email olliuva@virginia.edu or by telephone at 434.923.3600 to order and pay for your lunches.

Instructor Bio:

A native of Charlottesville and a fourth-generation graduate of Mr. Jefferson’s University, Dennis Bigelow has a familial connection to James Monroe through his ancestor, Chief Justice John Marshall, a lifelong friend of the president. Bigelow, a Screen Actors Guild performer since 1989, draws upon the family lore and memories of their friendship catalogued by his great-great-grandmother, as well as his intimate knowledge of domestic and world history from 1758 to Monroe’s death on July 4, 1831–five years to the day from the death of Jefferson. For many years, Bigelow has served as a costumed interpreter at Highland, Monroe’s home in Charlottesville. He has performed as President Monroe at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, the Virginia Center for Politics, and the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A16 Dennis Bigelow Mar 7, 14, 21 Tu 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Highland WL

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