Jefferson Symposium at U.Va. Will Explore His Influence on America's Identity

June 26, 2007 -- Debates about America's identity have evolved since Thomas Jefferson’s time, but his contributions, including many writings in addition to the twin pillars of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, continue to be relevant and highly influential. Jefferson's writings and their influence are the subject of a University of Virginia Travel & Learn program from July 29 to Aug. 2, 2007, open to the public.

U.Va.'s 19th annual Jefferson Symposium, titled “In Jefferson’s Voice: A Vision for America,” will provide a rare opportunity to use original source materials to gain fresh perspectives on Jefferson, America's founding era and our own time. Expert faculty will guide participants in close analysis of Jeffersonian texts, explaining biographical and historical contexts, while encouraging participants to make their own interpretations of the records left by this Founding Father.

The distinguished faculty is led by U.Va.'s Peter Onuf, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History, and David T. Konig, a professor of history and of law at Washington University in St. Louis, along with contributing faculty from Rutgers University, the University of California at Davis, and the College of William & Mary.

Participants have the option of staying in the original student rooms on the University of Virginia Lawn, the heart of the Jefferson-designed Academical Village. A special after-hours tour of Jefferson’s home, Monticello, including rooms not normally open to the public, is also included in the program, as is a reception and dinner in the Dome Room of U.Va.'s Jefferson-designed Rotunda.

The five-day program is open to anyone and costs $1,275 per person with no lodging provided, $1,395 including a single room on the Lawn, or $1,445 in an air-conditioned single room at Brown College, near the Lawn. Full payment is required at registration.

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About the U.Va. School of Continuing and Professional Studies Travel & Learn Programs for Adults

Each year, the University of Virginia offers an assortment of seminars in which participants travel to interesting and historic destinations in the United States and abroad to explore a wide variety of topics. These programs are led by top U.Va. faculty and their colleagues at institutions worldwide.

Remaining 2007 Programs

Summer on The Lawn: The Seventh Shakespeare Seminar
The Play's the Thing
Charlottesville, Va. | June 27-July 1, 2007

The First Annual Founding of North America Symposium
The History, Archaeology and Architecture of Jamestown
Williamsburg, Virginia | July 18-22, 2007

Summer on The Lawn: The 19th Jefferson Symposium
In Jefferson's Voice: A Vision for America
Charlottesville, Va. | July 29-Aug. 2, 2007

The 20th Seminar at Oxford
The Life and Times of Winston Churchill
Oxford, England | Aug. 12-18, 2007

Learn more at or by calling (800) FIND-UVA (800-346-3882) or (434) 982-5252 or e-mailing