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Thomas Jefferson in France: A Savage from Virginia

Much is known about the many roles Thomas Jefferson played in this country’s development. Far less is known about his years in Europe, primarily France, and the impact of his experiences there. These experiences would influence not only his future, but also his decisions in both private and public life. The course will begin with Jefferson’s departure for Europe and why he was selected to become our minister to France. We will follow his experiences and travels through both France and Europe, hoping to see “Jefferson’s Paris,” while walking the walk Jefferson took. Students will experience what he saw–not just the cultural sites–but also the ordinary sights.

Instructor Bio:

Shirley Midyette’s personal interest in the life of Thomas Jefferson has led her to learn more about the personalities of the men who were his close friends, the men who had a distinct dislike for Jefferson, and which of these men shaped Jefferson’s interests and why. Shirley has a degree in sociology and history from Wake Forest University, and has worked as both a senior guide and house supervisor at Monticello. She is president of Jefferson’s Virginia, hosting Historical Experience Tours and Conversations, and providing personal tours via Keswick Hall, the Boars Head Inn, and Cville Tours.

Recommended Reading:

Brandt, Anthony, Ed. Thomas Jefferson Travels: Selected Writings, 1784-1789, 2007.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A204 Shirley Midyette Mar 20, 27, Apr 3 Tu 10:00-11:30 a.m. Darden School of Business (UVA) WL

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