Jefferson Lectures Will Help Celebrate Lewis And Clark Bicentennial
With New Research
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.
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 Archaeology"
Oct. 11 Kenneth Prewitt: "A Nation Imagined, A Nation
Measured: The Legacy of Jeffersons Census"
Oct. 12 - Alan Taylor: "Jeffersons Pacific:
The Geopolitics of Exploration"
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.
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 Jeffersons
greatest visions and achievements.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856