Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, will moderate a lively panel on The Founding of Thomas Jefferson’s University and the development of the University as a foundational institution of public education, dedicated to continually evolving in the theory and practice of educating future generations of Americans. The panel will include co-editor and Monticello historian John Ragosta and contributors Carolyn Eastman and Ervin Jordan.

Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Offered as part of the 2020 Virginia Festival of the Book.

Special Discount for all Festival attendees!
Monticello is pleased to offer a two-for-one special rate for adult Monticello Day Passes between March 14-22, using promo code BOOKS20. Passes may be purchased online or in person with the promo code.

All week long, Monticello will also host “Literary Lunch” at the Monticello Farm Table, a café that serves sustainably-raised locally sourced ingredients, including fruits and vegetables grown at Monticello.


Praise for The Founding of Thomas Jefferson’s University

“Excellent. This intriguing collection provides current scholarship about Jefferson’s plans for the new University of Virginia, connecting the founding of the institution with the lively issues facing UVA in the present and the future. This courageous approach fends off ancestor worship and helps make the historic university and Jefferson’s ideas part of a living dialectic.” ―John R. Thelin, University of Kentucky, author of American Higher Education: Issues and Institutions

“Guided by Jefferson’s belief that every generation must create its own history, these insightful essays narrate the story of the University of Virginia’s beginnings and make an important contribution to understanding Jefferson’s vision for education’s power to produce good citizens.” ―Barbara B. Oberg, Princeton University, editor of Women in the American Revolution: Gender, Politics, and the Domestic World

Thomas Jefferson
"I cannot live without books" -Thomas Jefferson, 1815

The University of Virginia

One of three achievements Jefferson wished to be remembered for and the "hobby" of his old age.