One eminent writer has referred to Thomas Jefferson as the American Sphinx. Even today scholars continue to wrestle with the many contradictions that make up this remarkable and famous man. This colloquium will explore Jefferson from the perspective of trying to pierce these riddles in order to make sense of Jefferson as founder and statesman.
What better way to learn about American history is there than by reading the primary sources, and discussing them with talented colleagues? What better place to learn about American history than in the places it was made? Participating teachers will read a set of primary source documents (150-200 pages), travel to a relevant historic site, and engage in conversation with up to 20 colleagues over the course of a weekend. In addition, participants will receive a stipend of $225 to defray the cost of travel to and from the program site.