OLLI at UVa in Partnership with Michie Tavern
“The Fascinations of Thomas Jefferson, Part II”
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, Part II” presented by award-winning historian Rick Britton on three consecutive Thursdays in January: the 16th, 23rd and 30th.
Never found wanting when it came to “fascinations,” Thomas Jefferson was far more than a mere dabbler or dilettante–he threw himself into his interests, oftentimes making significant contributions. This new series explores three of Jefferson’s abiding passions: Friendship, Paleontology, and Western Expansion. Did you know, for example, that Jefferson is often referred to as the “father of the American West”? Or that one of his science essays was once called the ”signal gun” of paleontology?
Join us as we learn how Jefferson befriended an Italian vintner–in the process helping found our region’s wine industry–how he meticulously analyzed ancient fossils, and how he turned our nation’s attention to the vast territory beyond the Mississippi.
January 16 – Empire of Liberty: Jefferson and the American West
January 23 – Monstrous Bones: Jefferson and the Megalonyx
January 30 – Filippo Mazzei: Italian Genius, American Patriot
The lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. A question-and-answer period follows at 11:15, with lunch at 11:30. The $17.50 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: in February.)
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.