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Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series


Shaping the Body Politic

edited by Maurie D. McInnis and Louis P. Nelson

Traditional narratives imply that art in early America was severely limited in scope. By contrast, these essays collectively argue that visual arts played a critical role in shaping an early American understanding of the body politic. American artists in the late colonial and early national... More


Across the Continent

Edited by Douglas Seefeldt, Jeffrey L. Hantman, and Peter S. Onuf

An obscure undertaking in its own time, the Lewis and Clark expedition has grown in the American imagination, acquiring an almost mythic stature. Arriving as the country commemorates the expedition’s bicentennial, Across the Continent is not an exercise in demythologizing; rather, it is an... More


Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education

William G. Bowen, Martin A. Kurzweil, and Eugene M. Tobin. in collaboration with Susanne C. Pichler

Thomas Jefferson once stated that the foremost goal of American education must be to nurture the "natural aristocracy of talent and virtue." Although in many ways American higher education has fulfilled Jefferson’s vision by achieving a widespread level of excellence, it has not achieved the... More