Jefferson in Paris Seminar 2017

Date & Time

June 25 - July 1, 2017


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In celebration of the University of Virginia’s Bicentennial 2017-2019

Thomas Jefferson called Paris home for five years, from August 1784 to September 1789 as United States Ambassador to France and the court of Louis XVI. There he explored its culture, architecture, art, theater, bookstores, foods, wines, language and much more.  Join University of Virginia’s Lifetime Learning for the Jefferson in Paris Seminar where you will learn about Jefferson’s Paris—the museums, statues, culture, history and much more.

“Behold me at length on the vaunted scene of Europe! … Were I to proceed to tell you how much I enjoy their architecture, sculpture, painting, music, I should want words.  It is in these arts they shine.” (Jefferson to Charles Bellini) September 30, 1785

Join two esteemed UVA faculty as they share their vast knowledge of Thomas Jefferson and his time in Paris. We will stay in a five-star luxury hotel in the 1st arrondissment in the midst of museums, restaurants, and shops and just minutes from  main Parisian monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, the Grand Palais, Opera Garnier, Orsay Museum, (the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries Garden). You will enjoy lectures, tours and visits to many of the places Jefferson fell in love with.

** SOLD OUT ** (accepting names for wait list)

To register please complete the form and return to:

International Seminar Design, Inc.
4115 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 101
Washington, DC 20016
Email:  |  Fax: (202) 244-1808
To register by phone call: (202) 244-1448


Louis Nelson

Professor of Architectural History and Associate Provost for Outreach at UVA

Louis Nelson is a Professor of Architectural History and the former Associate Dean in the School of Architecture. In December 2016, Nelson was named Associate Provost for Outreach. Nelson is an accomplished scholar, with two book-length monographs published by UNC and Yale University Presses, three edited collections of essays, two terms as senior co-editor of Buildings and Landscapes—the leading English language venue for scholarship on vernacular architecture—and numerous articles. He is  a celebrated teacher, having won a university-wide teaching award in 2007 and served as the 2008 UVA nominee for a state-wide Outstanding Faculty Award. Nelson is a distinguished lecturer having lectured in the past year at St. Andrew’s and Edinburgh Universities in Scotland and Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England as well as at numerous American and Caribbean Universities.

Nelson is a specialist in the built environments of the early modern Atlantic world, with published work on the American South, the Caribbean and West Africa. Nelson’s teaching and research focuses on the close examination of evidence—both material and textual—as a means of interrogating the ways architecture shapes the human experience. His current research engages the spaces of enslavement in West Africa and in the Americas, working to document and interpret the buildings and landscapes that shaped the trans-Atlantic slave trade. He has a second collaborative project working to understand the process of construction and early life at the University of Virginia.

Richard Guy Wilson

Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at UVA

Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia (Thomas Jefferson’s University). His specialty is the architecture, design and art of the 18th to the 21st century both in America and abroad. He was a visiting fellow at Cambridge University (England) in 2007.

Wilson was born in Los Angeles—the home of everything new—and grew up in a house designed for his parents by the leading modernist Rudolph Schindler. He received his undergraduate training at the University of Colorado and MA and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

Wilson has received a number of academic honors, among them a Guggenheim fellow, prizes for distinguished writing and in 1986 he was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He received the Outstanding Professor Award at the University of Virginia in 2001. Since 1979, he has directed the Victorian Society’s Nineteenth Century Summer School that has been located in Boston, Philadelphia and currently Newport, RI. He has served as an advisor and commentator for a number of television programs on PBS and A&E and sixty-seven segments of America’s Castles.

A frequent lecturer for universities, museums and professional groups, Wilson is widely published with many articles and reviews to his credit. He has been the curator and author for major museum exhibitions such as The American Renaissance, 1876-1917; The Art that is Life: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America; The Machine Age in America, 1918-1941; The Making of Virginia Architecture; and Jefferson’s design for the University of Virginia. A major exhibit on the Colonial Revival will be at the Virginia Museum and other venues in 2015-16.

He is the author or joint author of 16 books that deal with American and modern architecture which include studies of McKim, Mead & White, Monument Ave in Richmond, the AIA Gold Medal, a contribution to the recent books on RM Schindler and David Adler, and principle author and editor of the Society of Architectural Historians book, Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont (2002). His The Colonial Revival House was published in the fall of 2004, Harbor Hill: Portrait of House in 2008, and Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village was reissued in a new edition in 2009 and the University of Virginia Campus Guide in 2012. Also published in 2012 was Edith Wharton at Home: Life at the Mount, which treats the architectural interests and contributions of one of America’s leading writers.

Program Fees

Land Program package, per person, double occupancy……… $5,495
Single Supplement……………………………………………$1,295

*Requests may be made for a roommate. (No guarantees that we will be able to accommodate your request.)
* Optional room upgrades are available.

Contact ISDI for information.  202-244-1448

Fees include:

  • Six (6) nights’ accommodations, based on double occupancy, in upgraded Deluxe Rooms, in the five-star Hotel Regina, Paris
  • Meals:
    • Buffet breakfast daily (6)
    • Three (3) lunches
    • Three (3) dinners
    • One (1) reception in a private venue
    • Wine with most lunches and all dinners
    • Coffee with most lunches and dinners
    • Mineral water  with all meals
  • Entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary
  • All land transportation by deluxe private bus as outlined in the itinerary
  • Qualified local, English-speaking guides to accompany the group throughout planned sightseeing tours
  • Handling of one piece of luggage per person at the hotel (airport porterage is not included)
  • Gratuities for guides and bus drivers


A deposit of $1,000 per participant is required no later than December 15, 2016 to guarantee participation in this seminar. This may be paid by check, or by Visa or MasterCard. Final payment will be invoiced and is due on or before March 16, 2017 and must be made by check only to International Seminar Design, Inc. (Participants are welcome to pay in full by check at the time of registration.)  Registrations will be accepted beyond March 16, 2017 on a space-available basis with payment in full by check.

The final balance for the entire seminar must be received by ISDI no later than March 16, 2017.  An invoice will be sent 3 – 4 weeks prior to this date.

  • For any cancellations received between the time of deposit and the final balance due date, ISDI will charge a $500 administrative fee. For any cancellations received between March 17, 2017, and May 10, 2017: 50% of seminar cost will be refunded. Cancellations received after May 11, 2017 will receive no refund.

Seminar does not include:

  • International airline tickets to Paris, airport and airline taxes, nor any airline fuel surcharges for those flights
  • Airport porterage
  • Gratuities for housekeeping services
  • Passport fees and visa fees
  • Any personal items not listed as included such as telephone calls, personal services and travel extensions, room service and valet service; items such as wines, liquors, mineral water, à la carte orders and laundry charges; other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • If due to weather, flight schedules, or other uncontrollable factors, participants are required to spend any additional nights, they will be responsible for their own hotel, transfers, and meal costs
  • Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance not included, but strongly encouraged

 Registration is only open to those 18 years of age or older.

Terms and Conditions

Participant Physical Abilities
It should be noted that this educational seminar may be problematic for anyone who has difficulty with walking or mobility. This program requires extensive walking, standing and visits to gardens and museums. Our aim is to treat all participants equally. We ask that you let us know of any disability or special need so that we can advise you as to whether this program is appropriate. Prospective participants with mobility difficulties or visual or hearing impairments may want to make preliminary inquiries before signing up for the program since the age and layout of many of the buildings make them user-unfriendly. Paris, as an ancient city, may be difficult to navigate for some people with disabilities.

Health Care
Check with your health insurance provider to make sure you are covered outside of the U.S. with your health insurance policy. Please get the phone number to call and exact procedures should you need them. Talk to your physician to discuss health and medication issues. Bring enough of the over-the-counter medications that you regularly use for the entire journey. Have necessary prescriptions filled and bring copies of your written prescriptions, including the generic forms. All medications should be transported in their original, labeled containers in your carry-on luggage to avoid freezing in the baggage compartment and in case checked luggage is lost. Don’t forget to bring spare contact lenses and/or eyeglasses.

Inoculations and Preventative Medications
Check with your personal physician for her/his recommendations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a very useful website with specific destination information at:
The CDC’s Travelers’ Health Automated Information Line: 877-FYI-TRIP
You will be notified in your confirmation packet whether any vaccines or preventative medications are recommended for travel to your destination.

Airport Safety and Security
Please check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website prior to travel to ensure that you comply with the most recent rules about airline safety. As of August 30, 2006, the TSA recommends that domestic participants arrive two hours prior to flight. International participants are encouraged to allow additional time and to check with the air carrier.

Showing Identification: Try to always have your passport easily accessible, yet protect it against theft. Be prepared to show your passport when presenting your airline tickets/receiving boarding passes, entering departure gates, going through passport control, when boarding flights, etc.

Carry-on Luggage: To expedite the screening process, please pack all liquids and gels – including shampoo, toothpaste, perfume, hair gel, suntan lotion and all other items with similar consistency in your checked baggage. Check with your airline to find out its regulations for what you can and cannot pack in your carry-on bags. Do not put any sharp objects like nail scissors, razors, or pocket knives in your carry-on. Such items may be considered a threat to safety and could be taken away from you. Pack them in your checked baggage instead.

Accepting Things from Others: under no circumstances, should you ever take anything from, or hold anything for, anyone who asks you to do so. If anyone does ask you, simply say “no” and walk away. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to family and friends. You need to think about the potential consequences before you hold anything for anyone.

Watching Your Bags: your bags should be in your sight at the airport up to the point when you check them at the airline counter. Once you have picked up your bags from baggage claim, and are on your way to customs, be sure to keep a close eye on all your luggage so that no one but you has access to it. Random Baggage Searches: If you are stopped and asked to open your luggage, cooperate with the customs officials. Customs officials often conduct random baggage searches; just because your luggage gets searched, doesn’t mean you have done something wrong.

Body Searches: Airport security officials may conduct random body searches using an electronic device they wave over you. In some cases, a security official of the same sex as you may conduct a body search using his or her hands, and/or ask you to remove your shoes for inspection.

Distractions: Airports are full of people carrying cash, travelers’ checks, credit cards, passports and other valuable documents. Therefore, airports tend to be an active place for thieves. While your attention is focused on checking in, boarding, getting your bags, finding a restroom, etc., you can become an easy target for theft. Be alert to anyone who suspiciously tries to distract you by asking directions, knocking over your coffee, reaching under a bathroom stall, etc.

It is best to take enough U.S. cash with you to convert to the currency of your destination for incidentals on your trip. As a general rule, you should wait to do this when you arrive at the airport or a local bank. A conversion fee always applies, but they do vary. Hotels tend to have high conversion fees. To get an idea of the type of currency and approximate conversion rate at your destination, visit or

Check the expected weather online ahead of time (see “Other Useful Information” below).
Pack as lightly as you possibly can! Excess baggage is just that—excess baggage!
Bring comfortable clothing and, most especially, comfortable shoes.
Layers work well for changing climates instead of heavy outerwear.
Pack a lightweight waterproof jacket, poncho, or umbrella.
Dress is casual, unless otherwise specified. Some like to dress up more for the Welcome and Farewell Dinners, but it is not necessary.
For some helpful packing tips and lists, visit: and

Passport and Other Documents
Make sure your passport does not expire prior to six months after the return date of your trip. If you need to apply for or renew a passport, allow a minimum of 12-16 weeks prior to departure. For an additional fee your passport may be expedited. Please refer to for more details. For more information on applying for a passport for the first time, see For more information on renewing a current or expired passport, refer to Passports and other documents should be carried with you, secure yet readily accessible at customs. The same goes for money, credit cards and traveler’s checks. Consider purchasing a small travel pack that may be worn underneath your clothing. Leave a photocopy of your passport ID page with your belongings in a different location from your actual passport and leave a copy at home. Likewise, make a copy of both sides of your credit cards and store in a secure location separate from your actual credit cards.

Personal Safety & Security
Conduct your own research on France; consider information about safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural and religious conditions in this country. For up-to-date travel warnings, see the State Department website at

Be aware of local conditions and customs that may present safety risks and behave in a manner respectful of others’ well-being. For more information, see the tips for being a guest in a foreign country on the U.S. State Department Website

Phoning home from a foreign country can be a complicated process. Calling collect is always an option, but usually quite expensive. Almost all of the U.S. long-distance telephone companies have access codes for each country. It is highly recommended to obtain the access code of your long distance company before going abroad, as it is very difficult to find this out while there. These numbers will connect you directly to an English-speaking operator and will be charged to your calling card. In some cases, the charge can also go on a credit card. Specific information about calling cards can be obtained by calling your long distance carrier. Be sure to compare calling card rates; companies are interested in being competitive and will usually negotiate prices. Pre-paid calling cards purchased in the U.S. may not work in some countries, so check with the provider if you are interested in using pre-paid services. In many destinations, pre-paid international calling cards may be purchased for a reasonable price. Most U.S. based cell phones do not yet have international access, although some are available. Check on options for cell phone service in your destination with your cell phone provider before departure.

Trip Insurance
Please note that there is a time frame for securing trip insurance. The University of Virginia will cancel its endorsement of and faculty and staff participation in any program destination for which a Travel Warning is issued by the U.S. Department of State. UVA strongly recommends that all participants purchase trip cancellation insurance which includes protection in the face of political unrest, natural disasters and personal emergencies and participants should discuss this insurance directly with the vendor or other travel services with whom they deal. Another source of useful information is the Trip Insurance Store at and/or

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in this program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement.

Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the participant and the University. In that capacity, the University of Virginia will exercise all reasonable care possible to ensure the participant’s safety and satisfaction, but we neither assume nor bear any responsibility or liability for any injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity arising in connection with the services of any ship, airplane, train, automobile, motor coach, carriage or other conveyance, or the actions of any third-party, involved in carrying the participant or in affecting these programs. We are not responsible for damages, additional expenses, or any other losses due to cancellation, delay or other changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, civil disturbances, acts or threats of terrorism, travel warnings or bans, termination or suspension of war risks or other carrier insurance, quarantine, acts of God or other causes beyond our control. All such losses must be borne by the participant, and program rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. In the event of cancellation, delay or rescheduling mandated by any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the participant shall have the option of accepting in lieu of the original program such rescheduled program or other substituted program(s) as may be offered by us, or else, receiving a refund of as much of such advance program expenditures as we are able to recover on the participant’s behalf from carriers, third-party program vendors, etc., but we shall not have any obligation or liability to the participant beyond the foregoing. We reserve the right to make alterations to the program’s itinerary and to substitute accommodations or lecturers if this is required. We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or reschedule any program prior to departure and, so long as this is not due to any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the participant shall be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to that point if he/she so desires. No refund shall be made for any unused portion of any program. By forwarding their deposit(s), the participant certifies that he/she and/or their dependents, minors or others covered thereby do not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that could create a hazard for them or other participants. We reserve the right to decline to accept or to decline to retain any person as a member of any program should such person’s health, condition or actions adversely affect or threaten the welfare or safety of other participants or impede the program. Baggage or valuables brought on the program shall be transported, handled or stored at the participant’s risk entirely, and we shall bear no liability or responsibility for any damage or other loss thereto. Participant tickets are not transferable and are not subject to alteration by the participant. No suit shall be maintainable against the carrier, or vessel, for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the participants, unless written notice of the claim, with full particulars, is delivered to the carrier or its agents at its office at the port of sailing or at the port of termination within six months from the day when such incident occurred. In no event shall any such suit or any claim against the carrier or vessel for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the participant be maintainable unless such suit is commenced within one year from the day when the incident causing such losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the participant occurs, notwithstanding any provision of law of any state or country to the contrary. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be brought within the United States Commonwealth of Virginia, pursuant to the applicable general maritime law, and applying the applicable general maritime law and Federal maritime statutes.

Program costs are based upon current lodging, transportation, tariffs and currency values. While we do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare; visa and passport fees; airport, port, and departure taxes; excess baggage fees; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals and alcoholic beverages not specified; optional sightseeing; travel protection insurance; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, e-mail service and gratuities.

Passport and Visas
The onus is upon the participant to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. The University and their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guest, nor the cost of these documents.

Loss and Liability
Neither ISDI or the University of Virginia nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of this seminar shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the foregoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition the University of Virginia or ISDI shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel thereof or make any alteration to the seminar, accommodation, other details and, in the event inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger.

The Participant will assume responsibility for damages to premises, furniture or other property of venues, hotels or any establishment, or harm to any other person caused by the negligence or willful misconduct of the participant.

The University reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken during this seminar by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.

Other Useful Information/Suggestions
·  Find out how to access your e-mail account away from home.
·  For information on time zones at your destination, refer to .
·  For actual weather predictions for your destination:
·  Typical weather for a particular season at your destination:
·  If you have mobility issues or dietary restrictions, please bring this to our attention on the Registration Form and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs. However, this program may include standing for periods of time, walking on uneven surfaces and climbing stairs.

Changes to Schedules
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the University of Virginia and ISDI reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasional changes.


Participants in UVA’s Lifetime Learning Jefferson in Paris Seminar will enjoy their accommodations in the five-star luxury Hotel Regina!

The prestigious Hotel Regina, after a full refurbishment and renovation in 2015, belongs to a long French tradition of luxury hotels. It is a uniquely central location, overlooking the Louvre Museum and the finest part of the Tuileries Garden. Paris aficionados will find Hotel Regina to be the ideal place to stay, go shopping and visit museums. It is surrounded by the main Parisian monuments: The Eiffel Tower, the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre Museum, the Grand Palais, the Trocadéro, the Invalides, the Orsay Museum and much more.