2019 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecturer

The Center for the Southwest announces the 2018-2019 C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture.

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. OnufHistorians Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf will present “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination,” on Friday, March 29, at 5:30 pm in Pearl Hall's Garcia Auditorium on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Gordon-Reed won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2009), a subject she had previously written about in Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (1997). She is also the author of Andrew Johnson (2010). Her most recently published book (with Peter S. Onuf) is “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (2016). She is the 2018-2019 President of Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Her honors include a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award, and the Woman of Power & Influence Award from the National Organization for Women in New York City. Gordon-Reed was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Peter S. Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor Emeritus in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, Senior Research Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (Monticello), and Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, 2017-2018. A specialist in the history of the early American republic, Onuf was educated at Johns Hopkins University (A.B. 1967 and Ph.D. 1973), and has taught at Columbia University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Southern Methodist University before arriving in Virginia in 1990.  In 2008-2009 Onuf was Harmsworth Professor of American History at the University of Oxford; in 2014, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Onuf’s work on Thomas Jefferson’s political thought, culminating in Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (2000) and The Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2007), grows out of earlier studies on the history of American federalism, foreign policy, and political economy.  He and co-author Annette Gordon-Reed published Most Blessed of Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (2016); his Jefferson and the Virginians: Democracy, Constitutions, and Empire was published in 2018. Onuf was a founding co-host of the public radio program “Backstory with the American History Guys” (www.backstoryradio.org).

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.  A book signing and reception will follow the lecture. 

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