Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 18:45 - 21:00
Lucky for us that one of America’s most fascinating and important statesmen and thinkers, Thomas Jefferson, was an inveterate and eloquent correspondent. He left behind roughly 18,000 letters and the monumental effort to prepare the authoritative edition of his papers began in the 1940s. The best of these documents provide a window into Jefferson’s brilliant mind and how he perceived his world.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 17:00 - 18:30
Denise Spellberg, author of Thomas Jefferson's Qu'ran: Islam and the Founders will give a talk at Monticello's Jefferson Library. A booksigning with the author will follow the talk.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 16:00 - 17:00
Author, and former Fellow at Monticello's Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Sandra Rebok will give a talk on her book, which explores the relationship between the Prussian explorer, scientist and geographer Alexander von Humboldt, and the American statesman, architect, and naturalist Thomas Jefferson. Talk begins at 4 pm in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Reading Room of Monticello's Jefferson Library.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 16:00 - 17:30
In her forrthcoming book, Amelioration and Empire, Monticello Historian Christa Dierksheide argues that amelioration—of slavery and provincial society more generally—was a dominant concept shared by enlightened planters who sought to "improve" slavery toward its abolition, as well as by those who sought to ameliorate the institution in order to expand the system. By illuminating the common ground shared between supposedly anti- and pro-slavery provincials, she provides a powerful alternative to the usual story of liberal progress in the plantation Americas.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 18:00 - 20:00
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning writers and historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Alan Taylor for an in-depth discussion on Thomas Jefferson, slavery in America, and the enslaved families who called Monticello home. Annette Gordon-Reed is Professor of Law and History at Harvard University and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She received a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for her work The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.