Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment, July 5–11
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.
Readings are provided by the Institution prior to the seminar. Readings may include:
Cogliano, Francis D. Emperor of Liberty. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.
Onuf, Peter S. The Mind of Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007.
Peterson, Merrill D. ed. The Portable Thomas Jefferson. New York: Penguin, 1977.
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 with shared bathrooms and common space. 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, irons, hair dryers, 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 in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information please click here.
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