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And Clark Bicentennial Will Inspire U.Va. Educational Projects On
The American West
13, 2001-- The Lewis and Clark expedition into the
uncharted American West, a momentous journey that has captured the
national imagination for almost two centuries now, will lead the
University of Virginia into innovative educational territory during
the next several years.
the U.S. prepares to mark the bicentennial of the great expedition
launched by Thomas Jefferson in 1804, the University will use Lewis
and Clark as a jumping-off point for a multitude of broad-scale
programs focusing on the West, President John T. Casteen III announced.
intensive faculty colloquium in the coming academic year bringing
together leading U.Va. scholars from many fields to examine
how expansion into the West has transformed the nation
team-taught, interdisciplinary undergraduate course on the West,
beginning in 2002, that will likely remain a permanent part
of the curriculum
authoritative Web site with key research documents about the
early history of the West
or more major public conferences on the West; videotaped lectures,
and teaching-units for public schools.
highlight will be the inaugural lectures of the Thomas Jefferson
Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series next fall, with three noted
scholars discussing Lewis and Clark and the early West..(See related
hope that Mr. Jefferson's University can serve as one of the
country's main academic centers for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial,"
Casteen said. "This anniversary presents a significant opportunity
for teaching and learning. It will allow us to use our scholarly
resources to shed light on all aspects of what the American West
has meant to an expanding nation in the last 200 years."
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Project will bring together resources
from centers, departments and schools throughout the University.
An advisory committee includes Environmental
Sciences chair James N. Galloway; History
chair Michael F. Holt; American Studies Program director Alan B.
Howard, and History professor and Jefferson scholar Peter S. Onuf.
Project director Jenry Morsman, a doctoral candidate in American
history, has been meeting with faculty from many fields since last
summer to plan and coordinate the programs.
key element will be the year-long interdisciplinary faculty colloquium
in the 2001-02 academic year that will take as its subject the acquisition
and development of the West and the transformation of America in
the two centuries since Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out
from St. Louis for the mouth of the Columbia River in 1804. Some
20 top scholars in the humanities, sciences and social sciences
will meet throughout the year to lay the intellectual foundation
for a far-reaching effort aimed at the scholarly community, students
and the public.
sessions will provide scholars with unusual opportunities to consider
a common theme from a range of disciplines, Morsman said. The work
also will lay the groundwork for the interdisciplinary introductory-level
course beginning in the fall of 2002. Lectures will be videotaped
for public use. Several upper-level courses on the West also will
likely be offered.
the spring of 2004, when the country marks the bicentennial of the
two Virginia-born explorers' setting forth, the University
will host a major international conference on the West, the transformed
nation, and the environment. Papers presented will be published
as a collection. Also in the planning stages is a series of public
talks, "The Literary West," to be held in 2003-04.
Onuf, History, project chair
Howard, English, American Studies
Galloway, Environmental Sciences
Morsman, History, project director
Barnett, French, Teaching Resource Center
Brown, Engineering/Technology, Culture & Communication
Carlson, History, Engineering/TCC
Herman, Environmental Sciences
Shugart, Environmental Sciences
Thomson, Environmental Sciences, Government
Trindle, Chemistry, Brown College
Wilbur, Biology, Environmental Sciences
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856