Thomas Jefferson and the Rights of Citizens

Princeton University Constitution Day Lecture

September 17, 2008
Jefferson Poster

Barbara Oberg, Lecturer with the Rank of Professor in History, Princeton University; and General Editor, Papers of Thomas Jefferson; Stephen Macedo, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values; Chair, Tanner Committee on Human Values; Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University; Christina Burnett, Columbia University

The talk will focus on Jefferson's personal and political struggle during his first term as president to define the rights of "bonafide citizens." Oberg, a lecturer with the rank of professor in history, leads the Princeton-sponsored effort to prepare the authoritative and comprehensive edition of Jefferson's correspondence and papers.

The event also will feature comments from Christina Burnett, a Princeton alumna and associate professor of law at Columbia University; Stephen Macedo, Princeton's Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values and director of the center; and Sean Wilentz, Princeton's Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the American Revolutionary Era.

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Thomas Jefferson and the Rights of Citizens

Location:

Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Cosponsored by:

  • University Provost’s Office
  • Program in American Studies
  • Program in Law and Public Affairs