Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment, June 18–24, 2017
University of Edinburgh
This seminar examines Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of the world through his engagement with the Enlightenment—a transatlantic intellectual and social movement committed to improving the world through reason. We will examine Jefferson’s life and times by considering his efforts to apply the principles of reason to the major challenges he confronted as a revolutionary, diplomat, politician, and elder statesman. Building on Edinburgh’s tradition of Enlightened discourse, we will explore Jefferson’s views of republicanism, slavery and race, gender, education, religion, and international relations through the rich canon of his writings.
Travel & Accommodations
Train service is also available from London’s Kings Cross Station.
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Workshop participants will stay in an on-campus dormitory in single bedrooms and bathrooms, but will share common space with other participants. Internet service will be provided. Participants should plan to bring laptops as computer access on campus will be limited.
The university provides pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, and shower shoes.
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.
Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $500 to help offset travel expenses. All participants must attend all workshop sessions to receive full stipends. Participants who do not complete the entire seminar will receive a reduced stipend. We will present stipend checks to participants prior to the end of the seminar.
Stipends are taxable. Reporting is the responsibility of the participant.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit to participating seminar teachers. For more information please click here.
Course Reviews from Past Participants
“What a fabulous experience! Professor Cogliano was a wonderful teacher. He lives and breathes Thomas Jefferson. He gave us a rich and deep understanding of Jefferson and the Scottish Enlightenment.”
“The seminar was an excellent experience. Frank Cogliano was amazing! He is incredibly knowledgeable, engaging, and funny. I came away with a totally new perspective on Jefferson and major characteristics of the Scottish Enlightenment.”
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