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Inaugural Jefferson Lectures Will Help Celebrate Lewis And Clark Bicentennial With New Research

September 28, 2001-- The 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. They 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.

Aimed 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 Jefferson’s home.

The lecture schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 10 David Hurst Thomas: "The Dead Have No Rights: Jefferson’s Conflicted Legacy in American Archaeology"

Thursday, Oct. 11 – Kenneth Prewitt: "A Nation Imagined, A Nation Measured: The Legacy of Jefferson’s Census"

Friday, Oct. 12 —- Alan Taylor: "Jefferson’s Pacific: The Geopolitics of Exploration"

Each also will 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.

The first lectures in the Jefferson series key on the Lewis and Clark expedition not only because of the approaching bicentennial but because the opening of the American continent ranks among Jefferson’s greatest visions and achievements.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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