The Enigma of Thomas Jefferson (4 Week Course)
Jefferson’s range of interests and accomplishments are stunning, and he articulated the highest ideas of political and religious freedom. He was always an advocate of education. Scientist, architect, political philosopher, and much more, this multifaceted man often inspires us. But just as often he disappoints us. He was not a progressive in the realm of women’s rights, and, although a lifetime opponent of slavery, he never freed his own slaves or worked actively as president to advance abolition. How do we come to terms with this complex thinker? How is he to be understood? This course will examine Jefferson holistically and in the context of his age and place, and attempt to discover a Jefferson appropriate for our time. Along the way, we will examine his views on religion, the American West, and other issues relevant to the time.
Live Zoom Webinar with Q&A.
4 Week Class Schedule
- Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Jefferson in the Era of the American Revolution
- Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Jefferson as French Ambassador, Secretary of State, and Party Leader
- Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Jefferson as President
- Tuesday, October 06, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Jefferson and the Problem of Slavery
Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.