OLLI at UVa in Partnership with Michie Tavern
“The Fascinations of Thomas Jefferson”
Building on the resounding success of our Winter Session last year, OLLI is very pleased to continue its partnership with Michie Tavern by offering another lecture-and-lunch series. Join us to learn and socialize in an historic setting, where fires will be ablaze on these cold winter days.
The OLLI Winter Session at Michie Tavern will feature talks, cumulatively titled “The Fascinations of Thomas Jefferson,” presented by award-winning historian Rick Britton on three consecutive Thursdays in January: the 17th, 24th and 31st.
A true renaissance man, Thomas Jefferson was fascinated by a seemingly endless list of disciplines and pursuits. Three of his greatest interests were science (which he would have termed “philosophy”), architecture, and invention. Did you know, for example, that Jefferson is considered the father of one science and one of the founders of another? How many existent structures were designed wholly, or in part, by the author of the Declaration of Independence? Join us to hear about the many valuable contributions to science and architecture that Jefferson made and to see an incredible array of gadgets and thingamajigs that are on display at Monticello. Did Jefferson invent them?
January 17 – “The Tranquil Pursuits: Thomas Jefferson and Science”
January 24 – “A Sage and a Man of Taste: Jefferson’s Architectural Legacy”
January 3 1 – “Thomas Jefferson, Inventor: Monticello’s Amazing Gadgetry”
The lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. A question-and-answer period follows at 11:15, with lunch at 11:30. The $16.50 fee for each event includes light refreshments prior to the lecture, the lecture, lunch with the speaker, a book signing, and a complimentary ticket for a tour of historic Michie Tavern. The registration deadline is the Friday before each lecture, and no refund requests will be accepted after that day. Sign up early to attend one, two, or all three presentations and to enjoy a traditional, colonial, Michie Tavern lunch, as well. (Maximum capacity: 80. Snow date: February 7.)
Rick Britton is a Charlottesville-based author and lecturer with more than 200 articles to his credit—the vast majority on the history of Virginia. Rick’s most recent book is Jefferson, A Monticello Sampler, which was awarded a bronze medal at New York City’s Book Expo, the nation’s largest book convention. He also teaches classes on the history of Albemarle County, conducts tours of Civil War battlefields, illustrates maps for history books, and is a frequent radio and podcast commentator.