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 has published eight award-winning books, among them William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic (1995), which won the Bancroft, Beveridge, and Pulitzer Prizes. 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. For a dozen years, he served as the faculty adviser for the California State Social Science and History Project, which provides curriculum support and professional development for K–12 teachers in history and social studies. In 2002 he won the University of California at Davis Award for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement and the Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association, Teaching Excellence Award.

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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