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Frank Cogliano, Professor of American History, University of Edinburgh

Peter S. Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor, University of Virginia


Thomas Jefferson is best known as the author of the American Declaration of Independence. Beginning with the imperial crisis that led to the separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain and their union as a confederation, this course will focus on Jefferson’s political thought and career in order to gain a broad perspective on the founding of the United States and its early history. Professors Peter Onuf and Frank Cogliano will emphasize the geopolitical context of the revolutionaries’ bold efforts to establish republican governments and federal union. Jefferson and his patriot colleagues were acutely aware of the international historical significance of their revolution and therefore profoundly anxious about its ultimate outcome and legacy.

By exploring the rich canon of his writings, participants will seek to better understand what the Revolution meant for Jefferson and Jefferson meant for the Revolution. Major themes will include federalism, foreign policy, constitutionalism and party politics, and race and slavery.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:

Cogliano, Frank. Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006.

Onuf, Peter. The Mind of Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007.

Travel & Accommodations

The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Two major highways, Interstate 64 and US 29, intersect close to the university grounds. There are several options for traveling to and from Charlottesville.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) is located approximately eight miles from the university. Airport shuttles are available. “Van on the Go” provides shuttle service from the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport to the University of Virginia and the surrounding areas.

The Charlottesville Amtrak station is located at 810 West Main Street, approximately two miles from the university.

A Greyhound Bus Terminal is also located in Charlottesville at 310 West Main Street, approximately 2.15 miles from the university and close to the Historic Downtown Mall.

For driving directions as well as further details click here.

Workshop participants will be housed in an on-campus dormitory, Brown College. Participants will have single bedrooms, but share bathrooms and common space. Dormitories are air-conditioned with Internet service provided, but participants should bring an ethernet cord. Some participants choose to bring laptops.

The university provides pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, and shower shoes. There are a few communal kitchenettes located in the building but participants should bring their own utensils. Housekeeping services are provided throughout the week.


Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel reimbursement

Each summer seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar.

Participants traveling internationally or from Alaska and Hawaii receive a $500 stipend in lieu of reimbursement upon completion of the seminar. Applicants to seminars should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the $400 allowance is insufficient to cover all travel expenses. Our reimbursement policy has changed from previous years. For more information on our policy click here.

Graduate credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information please click here.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

June 30th, 2013 5:00 PM   through   July 6th, 2013 9:00 AM
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
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