James Madison Lecture Lecture

"'The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind:' Thomas Jefferson's Idea of a University"

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

4:30 pm: Free lecture, no reservations necessary

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Join the Wisconsin Historical Society, the UW-Madison Center for the Study of the American Constitution, and the UW-Milwaukee Libraries for a free presentation illuminating Thomas Jefferson's revolutionary ideas about higher education.

Thomas Jefferson regarded his founding of the University of Virginia as one of his three greatest achievements in life together with the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.  Hear how Jefferson's ideas continue to have relevance to public education in our country to this very day.

Our speaker is Dr. Andrew J. O'Shaughnessy, Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.

 6:00 pm: Ticketed Special Event

Following the free lecture, please join us for a reception and three-course dinner at the University Club, 803 State Street (a short walk from the Wisconsin Historical Society).  The dinner will include Q&A with Dr. O'Shaughnessy.  All dinner guests will receive a copy of O'Shaughnessy's book "The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of Empire," and reserved seating at the 4:30pm lecture.  $100 per person. To purchase tickets visit: https://support.wisconsinhistory.org/msnjml18

The free lecture will also be presented in Milwaukee on Thursday, October 11.  



Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium
816 State St
Madison, WI 53706

Location Information

Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus at the corner of Langdon Street and Park Street, across from Memorial Union.

Accessibility Information

The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.