research on Jefferson-related topics to be featured
University has established a Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished
Lecture Series to bring to the Grounds eminent scholars whose
research will produce fresh insights and breakthroughs on topics
related to Jefferson.
by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Inc., which owns Jefferson's
home, Monticello, the lecture series will be launched in the fall
of 2001 with three speakers on the transformation of America and
the West, begun by the Lewis and Clark expedition.
the inaugural lectures will be Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning
professor of history at the University of California at Davis;
Kenneth Prewitt, dean of the Graduate Faculty at New School University
and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau; and David Hurst
Thomas, curator of North American archaeology at the American
Museum of Natural History in New York. Each will give a public
lecture and participate in seminars during the week of Oct. 10
through 14, to help kick off the Lewis and Clark national bicentennial
programs at U.Va. and Monticello.
is highly fitting that the inaugural lectures in this series be
related to the Lewis and Clark expedition," said U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III. "The opening of the vast American continent
ranks among Thomas Jefferson's greatest visions and achievements."
Jefferson lecture series will be held every two years, in part
to provide time for intensive new research on topics related to
Jefferson. The visiting lecturers will meet with students during
the establishment of this lecture series through the generous
support of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, we hope to enhance
the educational experience of our students and to advance scholarship
on Jefferson and his times," Casteen said.