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Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf: Jefferson, Slavery, and the Moral Imagination

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Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf:
Jefferson, Slavery, and the Moral Imagination

7 p.m., Thursday, January 24; Eberhard Center, room 215
301 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Thomas Jefferson, the most revered philosopher of the early republic’s Enlightenment ideals, was deeply involved in the nation’s original sin of slavery. Not only was he a slave owner, DNA testing has strongly suggested that he fathered children with Sally Hemings.

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf

In today’s divisive and distrustful moment, how can Americans grapple productively with the most challenging obstacles to finding common ground for the common good, especially at the troubled crossroads of race and American memory?

The Hauenstein Center is proud to partner with Grand Valley’s Division of Inclusion and Equity to explore this question with historians Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard University) and Peter S. Onuf (University of Virginia) in commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Presenters:

Annette Gordon-Reed is a professor of American legal history at Harvard Law School. She won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, a subject she had previously written about in Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy. Her most recently published book (with Peter S. Onuf) is Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.

Peter S. Onuf is a professor of history, emeritus, at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for more than 20 years. Onuf is also senior fellow at Monticello’s Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. A leading scholar of Jefferson and the early American republic, he is the author, co-author, and editor of numerous books including Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood, The Mind of Thomas Jefferson, and Jeffersonian Legacies.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration requested at gvsu.edu/hc/events or by phone at (616) 331-2770.

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf: Jefferson, Slavery, and the Moral Imagination
  • Times:  Starts at 7:00 PM
  • January 24, 2019 to January 24, 2019
  • Grand Valley State University-Eberhard Center
  • Free