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Designed: Thomas Jefferson & the Founding of the University of Virginia

OLLI at UVa in Partnership with Michie Tavern Presents
Designed, Defamed, & Destroyed!
Tales of the University, in Celebration of the Bicentennial:
Thomas Jefferson’s Founding, Edgar Allan Poe at UVA, & The 1895 Rotunda Fire
The OLLI Winter Session at Michie Tavern is a time-honored Charlottesville tradition! OLLI at UVA is very pleased to continue this wonderful partnership by offering another special Winter Session lecture-and-lunch series. Join us to learn, dine, and socialize in one of Central Virginia’s most beautiful historic settings, where blazing fires will remove the cold winter chill.
The 2018 OLLI Winter Session at Michie Tavern will feature a series of talks—titled “Designed, Defamed, & Destroyed! Tales of the University, in Celebration of the Bicentennial”—presented by award-winning historian Rick Britton on three Thursdays: January 18 and 25, and February 8.
Since opening its doors in 1825, the University of Virginia—the “hobby” of Jefferson’s old age—has become one of the nation’s most renowned institutions of higher learning. This modern-day status, however, disguises the pains taken in its inception. The University’s founding was a process of many years, much sweat, and considerable debate. But a few years later, during the school’s second session, a young scholar enrolled who was destined to pen brilliant poems and dazzling works of fiction. One of his first biographers, however, wrote that Poe, “known as the wildest and most reckless student,” was expelled from UVA Is that true? In October of 1895, the Charlottesville and UVA community suffered “a catastrophe of the first magnitude,” an overpowering inferno that gutted Mr. Jefferson’s gorgeous Rotunda, centerpiece of his “academical village.” Those who battled the blaze for several hours, however, not only saved a number of precious items—including a marble statue of the founder—but also displayed an uncommon degree of heroism.     
Join us at Michie Tavern for all three lectures!
    • Jan. 18 – Designed: Thomas Jefferson & the Founding of the University of Virginia 
    • Jan. 25 – Defamed: Edgar Allan Poe at UVA
    • Feb. 8 – Destroyed: The 1895 UVA Rotunda Fire
The lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. A question-and-answer period follows at 11:15, with lunch at 11:30. The fee for each event includes the lecture, lunch with the speaker, a book signing, and a complimentary ticket for a tour of historic Michie Tavern. Using OLLI’s online registration system or the form at the back of this catalog, sign up early to attend one, two, or all three presentations and to enjoy a traditional, colonial, Michie Tavern lunch, as well.
NOTE: You must be an OLLI member for the spring 2018 semester to participate in the Winter Session. The registration deadline is the Friday before each lecture; no refund requests will be accepted after that day.
Rick Britton is a Charlottesville-based historian who’s written extensively on the history of the Virginia Piedmont. He’s the author of the award-winning Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler and 2015’s Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History. A much-sought-after speaker, he teaches classes on central Virginia history, conducts tours, and illustrates maps for history books and web-sites.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Cost Location Available
E10 Rick Britton Jan 18 Th 10:30 a.m.-Noon $24.00 Michie Tavern WL

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