CSU, Chico News

Jefferson Scholars to Keynote Constitution Day Event

Date: 09-09-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Alan Gibson, Professor
Political Science

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf, world-renowned experts on Thomas Jefferson, will keynote a Constitution Day event at California State University, Chico on Monday, Sept. 22.

The scholars will discuss their upcoming book, “The Most Blessed of Patriarchs: The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson,” beginning at 6 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre in PAC 144.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Gordon-Reed is noted for changing scholarship on Jefferson regarding his relationship with Sally Hemings. She is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Award and was named a MacArthur Fellow. She is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study.

Educated at Johns Hopkins University, Onuf is history professor emeritus at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation at the University of Virginia. He is also senior fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and co-hosts the weekly public radio program and podcast “Backstory With the American History Guys.”

Their presentation promises to examine Jefferson in ways that are fresh and objective.

“Peter Onuf and Annette Gordon-Reed are among our nation’s most brilliant and accomplished intellectuals,” said CSU, Chico political science professor Alan Gibson. “Through their writing and teaching, they have permanently changed the landscape of Jefferson studies, giving us a Jefferson who is flawed and finally approachable, but no less important to our national heritage.”

Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is widely observed Sept. 17, the day the Constitution was signed at the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Department of Political Science, the Office of Civic Engagement and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.

For more information about the event, please contact Gibson at 530-898-4952.