V-1, N-2: The Journal of Thomas Jefferson's Life and Times - "Jefferson’s Academical Village"


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The November 2017 Issue is The Journal's second issue. The theme of the essays in this issue is "Jefferson’s Academical Village”. This is an appropriate because 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of Mr. Jefferson’s University. The lead article of this issue is written by Richard Guy Wilson, who holds the Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia.


CONTENTS -  Volume 1, Number 2

Introduction from the Editor


Feature Essay

Richard Guy Wilson: Inspirational Learning - The Architecture of the University 
of Virginia


Reply to Wilson

Mark R. Wenger: Reply to Richard Guy Wilson
Carl Lounsbery: Thomas Jefferson’s Architectural Legacy, A Reply to Richard Wilson



James J. Carpenter: Jefferson’s Republican Vision and Citizen Education  
Blanche Brick: Thomas Jefferson and the Natural-Rights Conception of Equal   
       Educational Opportunity
Richard E. Dixon: Mr. Jefferson’s Law School
White Makenzie Wallenborn: Thomas Jefferson, Medicine, and the University 
       of Virginia 
Andrew Holowchak: Self and Selflessness: Elite-Level Education and the 
       Paradox of Public Service in a Jeffersonian Republic 
Maurice Apprey: Effective History: The Horizon for Sustained and Catalytic 
       Change at the University of Virginia 

William Wilson: Thomas Jefferson - University Founder and Virginia Rebel

Garrett Ward Sheldon: Thomas Jefferson’s Conception of “Academic Freedom” and           Its Current Condition in American Higher Education

Book Reviews

Letter to the Editor



Maurice Apprey is Professor of Psychiatry and the Dean of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia. A psychoanalyst for children, adolescents and adults, he was trained at the Anna Freud Centre, London, and the Contemporary Freudian Society, Washington, D.C. He is the English language translator from French of Georges Politzer’s Critique of the Foundations of Psychology: the Psychology of Psychoanalysis and coauthor of Intersubjectivity, Projective Identification and Otherness. He is co-editor with Shelli M. Poe of Key to the Door: Experiences of Early African American Students at the University of Virginia.

Blanche Brick has an M.A. in Education from George Washington University, an M.A. in History from the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in Education from Texas A&M University. Her graduate research was in the History of Education, where she specialized in the Changing Concepts of Equal Educational Opportunity as represented in the works of Thomas Jefferson, Horace Mann, and John Dewey. She retired in 2017 as Professor of History at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas, where she also served as Division Chair of Social Sciences.

James Carpenter was coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Educational Theory and Practice for the Graduate School of Education at Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, where he was also an Associate Professor and coordinator of Adolescent Social Studies Education programs. One of the preeminent scholars on Jefferson and education, his research has focused on citizenship education and democratic education. His publications include “Jefferson’s Views on Education:Implications for Today’s Social Studies,” “‘The Development of a More Intelligent Citizenship’: John Dewey and the Social Studies,” and “Teaching All Students to be Leaders: The Forgotten Civic Skill.”

Richard E. Dixon is the author of “The Case against Thomas Jefferson,” in The Jefferson-Hemings Myth: An American Travesty, “Thomas Jefferson: A Lawyer’s Path to a Legal Philosophy,” in Thomas Jefferson and Philosophy: Essays on the Philosophical Cast of Jefferson’s Writings, and The Virginia Presidents: A Travel and History Guide. He is current president of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society.

Andrew Holowchak—philosopher, historian, and editor of this journal—teaches philosophy at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He is author/editor of eight books and over 60 published essays on Thomas Jefferson and is acknowledged to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on the thinking of Thomas Jefferson.

Garrett Ward Sheldon is John Morton Beaty Professor of Politics at The University of Virginia College at Wise, where he teaches Political Theory (Classics), Constitutional Law, and Religion and Politics. He is the author of several books and articles on Jefferson, including The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson (Johns Hopkins University Press) and has been a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University; the University of Vienna, Austria; and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Sheldon has received The Outstanding Faculty in Virginia Award, the highest honor conferred on an academic by the Commonwealth. 

Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia. A frequent lecturer and a television commentator, he has also published widely with many articles and books on different aspects of American and modern architecture and design, including The American Renaissance (1979), McKim, Mead & White, Architects (1982), The AIA Gold Medal (1983), Machine Age in America (1986), Thomas Jefferson’s “Academical Village” (1993 and 2009), Campus Guide: University of Virginia (1999), The Colonial Revival House (2004), and Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House (2008), and “Thomas Jefferson’s Architectural and Landscape Aesthetics: Sources and Meaning.”

William Wilson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia where for over three decades he offered courses in Philosophical Theology and Religion and Literature. He also served as Academic Dean for the undergraduate honors program (Echols Scholars) and directed the Graduate Fellowship at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. 


About The Journal of Thomas Jefferson’s Life and Times

Managing Editor
Professor M. Andrew Holowchak, Philosophy, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Editorial Advisory Board

Professor James Carpenter, Emeritus, Bartle Professor, Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York
Richard E. Dixon, Esq., Chairman of the Board, Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, Centerville, Virginia
Professor Brian Dotts, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
David Gowdy, Esq., Director, Washington-Jefferson-Madison Institute, Dallas, Texas
Professor Arthur Scherr, Assistant Professor of History, The City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York
Professor Garret Ward Sheldon, John Morton Beaty Professor of Politics, University of Virginia, Wise, Wise, Virginia
Mr. James C. Thompson, II, Publisher, Commonwealth Books of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
Mr. Tony Williams, Senior Teaching Fellow, Bill of Rights Institute, Williamsburg, Virginia
Professor Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Professor William Wilson, Emeritus, Religious Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia


About The Journal of Thomas Jefferson's Life and Times:

The  Journal is published twice annually. Future spring issues will be published in May. The fall issue is published in November.

Jefferson summarized the mission of The Journal in the letter he wrote he wrote du Pont de Nemours on 24 April 1816. Said Jefferson to the respected French economist:

“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

In keeping with Jefferson’s optimistic expectation, The Journal of Thomas Jefferson's Life and Times will “enlighten the people” with thoughtful, well-written, evidence-based commentaries on topics selected by its Board of Advisors.


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