On February 15, 2019, we hosted a “launch party” at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in Charlottesville, Virginia.
At the event, we showcased clips from our series in the Bridge’s “Storystream” listening booth. Please enjoy the online versions of those clips below.
Niya Bates, Public Historian of African-American Life and Culture at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, says “Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemings is contentious as early as 1802.” (Photo: Ézé Amos)
Dean Ian Baucom
Ian Baucom, Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, assess where the University of Virginia stands in 2018 with regard to the way in which it talks about its history.
Dennis Childs, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, San Diego, meditates on Jefferson’s contributions to the history of the prison industrial complex in America.
Sonya Clark, Artist and Distinguished Research Fellow in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, discusses her piece “Edifice and Mortar,” installed for the Institute for Contemporary Art’s inaugural exhibit entitled “Declaration.” (Photo: Terry Brown)
Kyle Dargan, Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at American University, reads a poem from his collection Anagnorisis (Northwestern University Press, 2018) entitled “Dave Chappelle Confuses George Washington with Thomas Jefferson.“
Robert Fatton, Jr.
Robert Fatton Jr., Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs in the Department of Politics, discusses Thomas Jefferson’s relationship to Haiti.
Noelle Hurd, Scully Family Discovery Associate Professor of Psychology, responds to the question: was Jefferson was “a man of his times”?
John O’Brien and Brad Pasanek
An outtake from our first episode, John O’Brien and Brad Pasanek— professors of English at UVA– discuss the bibliographic history of Notes on the State of Virginia, particularly Jefferson’s restless revision of the text.
Kwame Otu, Assistant Professor of African-American and African Studies, critically engages with the rhetoric of “diversity and inclusion.”
Mabel O. Wilson
A critique of American exceptionalism from Mabel O. Wilson, Professor of Architecture, a co-director of Global Africa Lab (GAL) and the Associate Director at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University
Lisa Woolfork, Associate Professor of English Literature, says there are lessons in Jefferson that we can use in our world today.