Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf: Jefferson, Slavery, and the Moral Imagination
Date and Time
Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The RSVP deadline has passed for this event.
L.V. Eberhard Center, Room 215, 301 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI
Monticello, the mountaintop plantation of Thomas Jefferson outside of
Charlottesville, Virginia, is a landscape of contradictions at the
heart of the American experience. Like his fellow Virginians, George
Washington and James Madison, 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 slaveowner.
DNA testing has strongly suggested that he fathered children with
Sally Hemings. 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 the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 331-2770