Monday, April 28, 2014 - 18:00 - 20:00
Join us for an elegant garden party with celebrated landscape architect and author Thomas Woltz on the West Lawn of Monticello. Drawing on his work from Monticello, Woltz will speak about how modern design methods can improve ecology and reveal cultural and historic landscapes. Woltz was educated at the University of Virginia in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, fine art, and architectural history.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 16:00 - 17:30
Emperor of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson’s Foreign Policy is the first book in decades to closely examine Thomas Jefferson’s foreign policy, offering a compelling reinterpretation of his attitudes and accomplishments as a statesman during America’s early nationhood. Historian Francis Cogliano addresses Jefferson’s terms in public office, considering how these varied assignments shaped his thinking about international relations.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 18:00 - 19:30
Visit a space not available to tours! Monticello’s South Pavilion was the first building on Monticello mountain and the space where young Thomas and Martha Jefferson lived as a newly married couple in 1772. Join Diane Ehrenpreis, Monticello’s Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts (and unofficial History Detective) as she shares new research that serves as the basis for our current interpretation of the South Pavilion.
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.