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Summer Jefferson Symposium

2012 Schedule

Thursday, June 21
Check-In and Welcome 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Optional-U.Va. Lawn Tour 3:00 and 4:00 pm
Welcome Reception and Dinner
Lecture: Jefferson's Love of the Written Word, Keynote Speaker, Peter Onuf

Friday, June 22
Monticello~ A Visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Home
Guided Behind the Scenes Tour and Movie
Lunch and Lecture: Jefferson and the Legal Word, John Ragosta
Lecture: Revealing the Man Through Family Letters, Lisa Francavilla

Boar's Head and McCormick Observatory

Picnic Dinner at Boar's Head
Lecture and telescope viewing at the Historic Leander McCormick Observatory: Thomas Jefferson and the History of Astronomy at the University of Virginia, Edward Murphy

Saturday, June 23
Minor Hall, Newcomb Hall and Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Lecture: Reassembling the Holy Word, Barbara Clark Smith
Lecture: Jefferson and the Religious Word, John Ragosta
Lunch and Lecture: The Jeffersons' Shadwell Library, Susan Kern
Exhibit: Declaration of Independence led by John Ragosta

House and Garden Tour
Reception and Dinner: Writing for, to and about Jefferson: William Short, Laura Voisin George

Sunday, June 24
Farewell and Check-Out
Farewell Breakfast ~Don’t miss the final commencement
Check-Out 9:00 am - 11:00 am

*Continental breakfast served on Friday and Saturday mornings


About SJS

The Summer Jefferson Symposium is a vibrant academic program that reflects on Thomas Jefferson's guiding principles while uncovering historical facts, fictions and myths about him. This year we will take a closer look at Jefferson's Love of the Written Word. This Symposium is modeled after the highly successful Summer on the Lawn program that was sponsored by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Join the Lifetime Learning Program in the Office of Engagement on June 21 - 24, 2012 for lectures, tours, exhibits and thought-provoking discussions led by Jefferson scholars and experts.

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- Thomas Jefferson