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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Is there anything new to say about Thomas Jefferson and slavery? The answer is a resounding yes. Henry Wiencek's eloquent, persuasive book ”based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson's papers” opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson's world. We must, Wiencek suggests, follow the money. A book signing will follow the talk.


You Have No Right: Law and Justice
Monday, September 24, 2012 — Saturday, May 18, 2013
Place: Exhibition Hall,  Free

Using Virginia cases—and the stories of the people behind them—You Have No Right: Law and Justice will demonstrate how the law affects individuals directly and how people have used the law to achieve political and social goals. Using original records and electronic resources to convey the themes of human rights, citizenship, and the rule of law in a lively and engaging presentation, visitors will explore questions about citizenship, marriage rights, eminent domain, and why prosecutors have to prove guilt and defense lawyers don't have to prove innocence.