Thomas Jefferson Foundation Lecture Series is Aimed at Innovative
Research on Jefferson-Related Topics
13,2001-- The University of Virginia has established
a Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series to bring
to the Grounds eminent scholars whose research will produce fresh
insights and breakthroughs on topics related to Jefferson, President
John T. Casteen III announced.
by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Inc., which owns and operates
Jeffersons home, Monticello, the lecture series will be launched
in the fall of 2001 with three noted speakers on the transformation
of America and the West begun by the Lewis and Clark expedition.
the inaugural lectures will be Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning
professor of history at the University of California at Davis; Kenneth
Prewitt, dean of the Graduate Faculty at New School University in
New York and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau; and David
Hurst Thomas, curator of North American archaeology at the American
Museum of Natural History in New York. Each will give a public lecture
and participate in seminars during the week of Oct. 10 through 14,
to help kick off the Lewis and Clark national bicentennial programs
at U.Va. and Monticello.
is highly fitting that the inaugural lectures in this series be
related to the Lewis and Clark expedition," Casteen said. "The
opening of the vast American continent ranks among Thomas Jeffersons
greatest visions and achievements."
Jefferson lecture series will be held every two years, in part to
provide time for intensive new research on topics related to Jefferson.
The visiting lecturers will meet with students during their stay.
the establishment of this lecture series through the generous support
of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, we hope to enhance the educational
experience of our students and to advance scholarship on Jefferson
and his times," Casteen said.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856