Age of Jefferson

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This course provides an overview of Thomas Jefferson's work and perspectives presented by the University of Virginia in partnership with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Together, UVA and Monticello are recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Surely there is no better venue for a course about Thomas Jefferson than the campus of the University of Virginia, which he founded late in his life. This compact class consists of seven units that each include lecture segments totaling about an hour, readings, and a tour of places and institutions central to Jefferson’s life or its study today. These tours are no mere travelogue – Jefferson’s life and philosophy are so intimately associated with his Monticello estate and the “academical village” he designed for U.Va. that to experience them, in well-produced videos with insightful commentary, connects you to the man even as reading his letters and other writings connects you to his mind. Professor Onuf is a wonderful teacher. His lectures are absorbing and well- delivered, often passionately so. The most compelling feature of this course is his focus on Jefferson’s ideas rather than dates and events. Prof. Onuf covers Jefferson’s vi... Surely there is no better venue for a course about Thomas Jefferson than the campus of the University of Virginia, which he founded late in his life. This compact class consists of seven units that each include lecture segments totaling about an hour, readings, and a tour of places and institutions central to Jefferson’s life or its study today. These tours are no mere travelogue – Jefferson’s life and philosophy are so intimately associated with his Monticello estate and the “academical village” he designed for U.Va. that to experience them, in well-produced videos with insightful commentary, connects you to the man even as reading his letters and other writings connects you to his mind. Professor Onuf is a wonderful teacher. His lectures are absorbing and well- delivered, often passionately so. The most compelling feature of this course is his focus on Jefferson’s ideas rather than dates and events. Prof. Onuf covers Jefferson’s vision of America’s revolutionary promise and later Americans’ evolving views of Jefferson; the political philosophy that informed Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence; his heterodox views on education (primary purpose: to sustain the American experiment) and religion (deeply suspicious of organized “priestcraft”); and Prof. Onuf does not shy away from Jefferson’s provocative views on race and slavery. The readings, usually Jefferson’s own words in letters and public documents, nicely complement the lectures; they are short and very well chosen. Students who take this class will acquire, in a short time, an understanding of Jefferson – the man and the mind – that has real staying power. Everyday encounters with politics, education and even architecture will have you contemplating Prof. Onuf’s rhetorical question: “Is it Jeffersonian?” This brief, enjoyable immersion into the essential Jefferson packs an outsize pedagogical punch.
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