Jefferson lectures look toward
of the Montana Historical Society
By Robert Brickhouse
vast transformation of America and the West that was launched
by the Lewis and Clark expedition will be the theme of the inaugural
Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lectures by three noted
scholars at U.Va. Oct. 10-12.
are David Hurst Thomas, curator of North American archaeology
at the American Museum of Natural History in New York; Kenneth
Prewitt, dean of the Graduate Faculty at New School University
in New York and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau; and
Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning professor of history at the
University of California at Davis.
at stimulating fresh insights on subjects related to Jefferson,
the first biennial lectures, drawing on new scholarship from a
variety of fields, are open to the public each day at 5:30 p.m.
in Campbell Hall room 153. The lecture series, which helps kick
off national Lewis and Clark bicentennial programs at U.Va. and
Monticello, is supported by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Inc.,
which owns and operates Jeffersons home.
Oct. 10. David Hurst Thomas The Dead Have
No Rights: Jeffersons Conflicted Legacy in American
Thursday, Oct. 11. Kenneth Prewitt A Nation
Imagined, A Nation Measured: The Legacy of Jeffersons
Friday, Oct. 12. Alan Taylor Jeffersons
Pacific: The Geopolitics of Exploration
will also participate in classes, interdisciplinary seminars and
discussions of their work as part of U.Va.s Lewis and Clark
Bicentennial Project. As the nation prepares to mark the 200th
anniversary of the great expedition launched by Thomas Jefferson
in 1804, the U.Va. bicentennial project involves faculty from
many diverse fields who are developing a new course and broad-scale
educational efforts focusing on the West.
first lectures in the Jefferson series focus on the Lewis and
Clark expedition not only because of the approaching bicentennial
but because the opening of the American continent ranks among
Jeffersons greatest visions and achievements.
Hurst Thomas, in addition to serving as archaeology curator at
the American Museum of Natural History, is a founding trustee
of the National Museum of the American Indian. In 1989, he was
elected to the National Academy of Science. The author of numerous
books, monographs, and scientific articles on archaeology, he
discovered and excavated Gatecliff Shelter in Nevada, the deepest
rock shelter known in the Americas, with stratified cultural deposits
spanning 8,000 years. He also discovered remains of the 16th century
Franciscan Mission of Santa Catalina de Guale in Georgias
fabled Golden Isles.
Prewitt, who became graduate dean at New School University this
year, was director of the Census Bureau from 1998 to 2000, overseeing
the recent census, the largest and most complex U.S. census ever
undertaken. From 1995 to 1998, he served as the president of the
Social Science Research Council, a position he also held from
1979 to 1985. He has also been senior vice president of the Rockefeller
Foundation and director of the National Opinion Research Center,
based at the University of Chicago.
is the author or co-author of a dozen books and more than 50 contributions
to professional journals and edited collections in the social
sciences. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he
has also served on advisory boards to the World Bank, the World
Health Organization, and UNESCO.
Taylor of UC-Davis won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in history for
his book, William Coopers Town: Power and Persuasion on
the Frontier of the Early American Republic. The work chronicles
the life of the founder of Cooperstown in the frontier lands of
upstate New York and examines American colonial societys
property and power structures. A fellow of the College of William
& Marys Institute of Early American History and Culture,
Taylor has also written Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The
Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820, an
account of social and political rivalry on the northern frontier
during the Revolutionary era.