An Evening with Thomas Jefferson

The Athenaeum is proud to present former Pres.
Thomas Jefferson, as interpreted by Dr. Clay

Thomas Jefferson was a man of great complexity and
inexhaustible ideas, as third president of the United
States, founder of the University of Virginia, author of
the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statue
for Religious Liberty, scientist, farmer, slave owner,
man of letters, architect, paleontologist, linguist, political theorist, diplomat, librarian, and Utopian.

In 1984 Clay Jenkinson created an historical characterization of Jefferson, as part of an award from the
National Endowment for the Humanities. Since then he
has brought the life and ideas of Jefferson to school-
children, members of Congress, federal judges, and
general audiences on more than 1,000 occasions. In May
1988 he addressed national legislators and aides at a
congressional breakfast on Capitol Hill.

Jenkinson studied English literature from 1974-77 at
the University of Minnesota. As a Rhodes scholar, he
studied at Oxford and earned his bachelor's, master's
and doctorate in Renaissance English language and

Since 1981 Jenkinson has directed the Great Plains
Chautauqua, a traveling humanities tent show funded
by the National Endowment for the Humanities and
various state humanities councils. He also taught at
Pomona College from 1981 to 1984 as an instructor in
English literature and assistant American secretary for
the Rhodes Scholarship Trust. In November of 1989,
President Bush presented Jenkinson with the National
Endowment for the Humanities' Charles Frankel Prize
for exemplary work in the public humanities. Currently
Dr. Jenkinson teaches Latin and Greek studies at the
University of Colorado, and tours the country as our
third president.

In Jenkinson's presentations he appears in costume
and character to talk and answer questions from the
audience. If you would like to join us for the 5:30
reception, 6:00 dinner, and 7:00 presentation, please
return the enclosed reservation coupon below.