The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind @ National Constitution Center, Philadelphia [7 June]

The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind

17:30 - 19:30

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National Constitution Center
Independence Mall, 525 Arch St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Saunders Director, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, will deliver the keynote address to the symposium, «The Spirit of Inquiry in the Age of Jefferson.»
Thomas Jefferson was intimately involved with every aspect of creating the University of Virginia. It represented what he regarded as one of his three greatest achievements. The execution of this project did indeed reveal his greatest talents as a lawyer who drafted the legislation; as a surveyor who personally mapped the grounds; as a politician who cajoled the assembly into supporting him against furious opposition; as an architect who designed the layout, chose the building materials and corres...ponded with the craftsman; and as an intellectual who developed an innovative curriculum, suggested the books for the library and the criteria for selecting the faculty. He sought the best advice both at home and abroad while relying on many others to assist him but it was ultimately his ideas which prevailed. He was concerned with what remains a perennial issue which is the importance of higher education in the success of the republican democratic experiment. He had a vision whose creativity still has the potential to stimulate discussion about the role of universities. The lecture will argue that his vision contained many features which were unique within the United States and more progressive than what would be known as the Ivy League Schools.
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