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Lunch with James Monroe

Think cruel, rude, and destructive national politics is limited to today? Think again. James Monroe faced it all–not to mention the very real prospect of civil war before the congressional debates of 1819 over protectionism and slavery, leading to Monroe’s quiet facilitation of the Missouri Compromise of 1820. He had one of the most productive presidencies in the history of the office. Come to Highland, the restored name for President James Monroe’s home. You will learn how President Monroe, the fifth and forgotten President (1817–1825), was forced to be inaugurated outdoors because of bad manners, how he broke up a duel during a White House dinner, and how Monroe was earlier threatened with a duel by Alexander Hamilton, formerly a colleague during the Revolutionary War.
A complimentary group tour of James Monroe’s Highland will be offered (date TBD).
A boxed lunch ($13.50 each) will be served during each of these three sessions. The OLLI office will contact class participants for lunch orders and payment.

Instructor Bio:

A native of Charlottesville and a fourth-generation graduate of Mr. Jefferson’s University, Dennis Bigelow is a Screen Actor’s Guild performer, former anchor for New York’s initial Satellite Conference Network and VP of Veteran’s Hospital Radio and Television Guild, providing drama therapy to hospitalized veterans. For 17 years, he has been the character interpreter for President James Monroe. He has performed around the country, Highland, colonial Williamsburg, Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, and for several clients at UVA.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A106 Dennis Bigelow Feb 19, 26, Mar 5 Mo 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Highland WL

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