Bicentennial Lecture: Leslie Greene Bowman presents, “Women in Jefferson’s Retirement: Martha Jefferson and her Aunt, Sally Hemings”

Wednesday, Dec 19th | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Located in the Rotunda Dome Room

We are pleased and proud to host the President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Leslie Greene Bowman in the culminating Bicentennial Lecture for 2018. Join us in the Rotunda Dome Room to hear Dr. Bowman explore the fascinating women in Thomas Jefferson’s retirement, Martha Jefferson and Sally Hemings.

Please note that this event will be taking place in the Dome Room of the Rotunda.

Reservation required to attend. Please contact the Colonnade Club Office to RSVP through the following:

Phone: 434.243.9730
Club Members:

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Bicentennial Lecture Presented by Andrew O’Shaughnessy Recording Now Available!

The Colonnade Club was honored to have Andrew O’Shaughnessy present “The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University.”

So that members who were unable to join us these evening for this special lecture, we have recorded his presentation and made it available on the Club’s YouTube page for all to enjoy.

His lecture discusses Thomas Jefferson who was intimately involved in every aspect of the creation of the University of Virginia. It represented what he regarded as one of the three greatest achievements of his life. He argues that Jefferson’s vision of public education was a revolutionary as his other achievements and that it still has potential to stimulate discussion about the role of universities.

Colonnade Club members and the public are welcome to attend Bicentennial lectures hosted by Club. Please visit our calendar to learn more about upcoming lectures and presentations.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

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Our featured speaker Leslie Greene Bowman, President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, celebrated the University’s prestigious heritage with us at our Cornerstone Commemoration. Thomas Jefferson’s dream was for the University of Virginia to be one of the United States’ best institutes of higher education. Two centuries and one UNESCO World Heritage Site later, UVA has exceeded his expectations. The Colonnade Club is proud to call Jefferson’s beloved Lawn, and the first-ever pavilion, our home. The laying of Pavilion VII’s cornerstone was attended by no less than three U.S. presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.

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Lecture:“Slaves and Slavery in the Academical Village” by Professor Kirt Von Daacke

The Colonnade Club was honored to host guest lecturer Dr. Kirt von Daacke, co-chair of the UVA President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, as well as published author of Freedom Has a Face: Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson’s Albemarle. Dr. von Daacke’s research centers upon social constructions of race, community social hierarchies, and identity in eighteenth and nineteenth century America. His lecture covered the complex racial dynamics that were in play during the earliest years of the University.

You can find more information on the President’s Commision on Slavery on their website. A Visitor’s Guide on slavery at the university can be found here.

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In February, the students of the School of Architecture at UVa presented on the potential of a new cornerstone and ceremony to commemorate the bicentennial of the first cornerstone for the University. Alexander Kitchin and his students presented again on this exciting project and how it has progressed since their last discussion in February. Currently adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, Alexander teaches a design process that investigates the character inherent in materials and how the process of making informs the spaces we design. His studios are part of the Design Thinking Concentration with an emphasis on community engagement and on the skills inherent in the architect’s critical thinking approach. His research includes a hands-on approach to architecture through the active fabrication shop. He has taught, visited and lectured at schools across the country and abroad in architectural design, fabrication, theory, and photography.

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The evening started with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres Parisian style in company of Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson, followed by a 60 minute violin and harpsichord performance by David Sariti and Jonathan Schakel. It included works for violin and harpsichord, and harpsichord alone, with all the music either from Jefferson’s collection or what he might have heard while he lived in Paris between 1784-1789. Composers included Viotti, the Italian violin virtuoso who was in Paris at the time, Claude Balbastre, who was Martha’s harpsichord teacher, and others.

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