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Jefferson—Then and Now

This four-session course may be described as learning about Jefferson’s world and how perceptions change over time. We will cover the following topics: May 3: Jefferson and education; this fundamental element of our republican experiment becomes the object of his last contribution to posterity. Why did the Presbyterians object to a University being placed in Charlottesville? May 10: Jefferson’s role within an evolving heritage of political rights, in partnership with Mr. Madison. May 17: Jefferson’s issues; the lens of contemporary times keeps him on the front page, no matter what era. May 24: Jefferson and his friends; share some wine and conversation as you leave the twenty-first century behind.

Instructor Bio:

Tom Pitz is a resident of Orange County, the heart of historical Virginia. As callow as he was when he first walked the Grounds of the University, he knew that he was privileged to be there. In his fourth year, his grandmother said to him, “You want these books? If not, I’m pitching them out.” Though he had no idea what he was going to do with them, he said, “No Grandmom, don’t throw them away. I’ll take them.”  Now the 20-volume set of the Lipscomb-Bergh The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, printed in 1903, is his most prized possession.  

Recommended Reading:

Meacham, Jon. Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher, 2014. Meacham, Jon. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, 2013. Malone, Dumas. Jefferson and His Time: Jefferson the Virginian (Vol. 1 of a six-volume set, available individually), 2006. Gordon-Reed, Annette and Peter S. Onuf. “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, 2016.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B24 Tom Pitz May 3, 10, 17, 24 We 1:00-2:30 p.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church WL

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