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The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Jefferson’s Idea of a University Book Talk

April 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Professor Andrew O’Shaughnessy as he discusses Jefferson’s vision for the University of Virginia as well as his complicated legacy.

All alumni, parents, and friends are invited to the Virginia Club of New York for a book talk discussing The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University by Professor Andrew O’Shaughnessy.

Already renowned as a statesman, Thomas Jefferson in his retirement from government turned his attention to the founding of an institution of higher learning. The former president oversaw every aspect of the creation of what would become the University of Virginia. Along with the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, he regarded it as one of the three greatest achievements in his life.

Professor O’Shaughnessy will discuss how Jefferson’s vision anticipated the modern university and profoundly influenced the development of American higher education.

Just as Jefferson’s proclamation that “all men are created equal” was tainted by the ongoing institution of slavery, however, so was his university. Professor O’Shaughnessy will address this tragic conflict in Jefferson’s conception of the university and society, showing how Jefferson’s loftier aspirations for the university were not fully realized.

About the SpeakerAndrew O’Shaughnessy is the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and a professor of history at the University of Virginia.

Admission is inclusive of networking receptions featuring beer, wine, and light snacks before and after the panel. Members may reserve a maximum of two tickets at the member rate (complimentary). Not a member yet? Join today!

This event is #open to all alumni, parents, and friends.

COVID-19 Information: Proof of COVID vaccination will be required to attend this event.

Please note that the Virginia Club of New York has a no refunds policy, except when an attendee has contracted COVID or is a close contact of someone who has had COVID.


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