A four-week institute for twenty-six school teachers on the personality, character, and public life of Thomas Jefferson.
Peter Gibbon, Senior Research Fellow at Boston University's School of Education, plans to examine Thomas Jefferson's personality, philosophy, and world view in order to shed light on America's founding and the social and cultural history of the early republic. Institute topics include Jefferson's character, education, and private life; Jefferson as president and family man; Jefferson's attitudes towards his fellow Founding Fathers, towards slavery, and towards religion; Jefferson and Monticello; Jefferson and money; and Jefferson's legacy. Readings include selections from the Library of America edition of Jefferson's writings and from Joseph Ellis, American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson; Richard Bernstein, Jefferson; and Joyce Appleby, Thomas Jefferson; among others. Institute personnel include Jefferson biographer Richard Bernstein, Joanne Freeman (Yale University), Jan Lewis (Rutgers University), Peter Onuf (University of Virginia), Herbert Sloan (Barnard College), and Peter Hatch (Monticello). Field trips include visits to Adams National Historical Park; the Massachusetts Historical Society, which houses a large collection of Jefferson's personal papers; and Harvard's Peabody Museum. A virtual online tour introduces participants to Monticello and its grounds. Participants complete short papers and model curriculum units on Jefferson, the latter of which are posted on an institute website.
Faculty: R. B. Bernstein, Joan Musbach, Joanne Freeman, Peter Hatch, Jan Lewis, Peter Onuf, and Herbert Sloan