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Thomas Jefferson's Education: Creating a University for a Slave Society

Join us for a lecture by historian Alan Taylor of the University of Virginia. The talk will be an examination of the honor culture spawned by slavery among elite young men and how that culture both sparked the creation of a new university and threatened its survival.

Alan Taylor is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History, in both 1996 and 2014, for William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic and The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. He is the author of six other books on North American borderlands, Native American history, colonial and revolutionary America, and the early United States. Taylor’s numerous book awards include the Bancroft Prize, the Beveridge Award, and the Cox Book Prize. His current project, Thomas Jefferson’s Education, examines the social and political context for education in Virginia from the 1750s to the 1820s and highlights the revolution’s separation of church and state in fundamentally altering political culture and educational expectations in Virginia. Before assuming the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair at the University of Virginia in 2014, Taylor was a long-time faculty member at the University of California at Davis, where he won multiple teaching awards. He served for a dozen years as faculty adviser to the California State Social Science and History Project, which provides professional development and curriculum support for K-12 teachers.

Presented by the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 4:45pm to 6:00pm

Psychology, 105
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public, Staff




Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Series
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