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2013.10.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

Renowned Thomas Jefferson Scholars to Visit UNO Oct. 30

Omaha - Two of the nation’s most influential Thomas Jefferson scholars will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Wednesday, Oct. 30 to discuss their work that examines Jefferson’s intellectual, political and personal life and the contradictions that shape his place in American History.

In partnership with Humanities Nebraska, UNO will welcome Harvard Legal History Professor Annette Gordon-Reed and University of Virginia Professor Peter Onuf to share their work and opinions on Jefferson at 11:30 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) room 132.

Professors Gordon-Reed and Onuf will be visiting Omaha to deliver the 2013 Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities that same day at the Joslyn Art Museum.

The scholars' talk is titled Thomas Jefferson: The Man, the Moment, the Conflicts. UNO Professors Cynthia Robinson (Communications) and Nikitah Imani (Black Studies) will facilitate the conversation.

Lunch will be provided for the first 100 people in attendance.

Pulitzer prize-winning author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of a forthcoming book "The Most Blessed of Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination." Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study and a Professor of History at Harvard University.

Gordon-Reed won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for her epic work The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. The book also helped her capture the 2008 National Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Peter S. Onuf is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History (Emeritus) at the University of Virginia and the author/editor of 11 books, including "The Mind of Thomas Jefferson" (2007) and "Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War" (2006). Onuf is also known for his role as the “18th Century Guy” for the award-winning public radio program and podcast Backstory…with the American History Guys.

For more information, please contact the Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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