Peter S. Onuf, senior research fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, will discuss “Thomas Jefferson’s Empire of Liberty” at 7 p.m., Nov. 10. The free event is open to the public and will be held in Honors Hall located at the corner of 4th and Basin Streets on the Lycoming College campus.
A specialist in the history of the early American republic, Onuf was educated at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his A.B. in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1973. He taught at a number of colleges and is professor emeritus for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He has also served as the Harmsworth Professor of American History at the University of Oxford. He has published several books on Jefferson, most recently “The Mind of Thomas Jefferson” (2007, University of Virginia). Onuf was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014.
The lecture is made possible by The James and Emily Douthat Distinguished Lectureship in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. The inaugural presentation this November honors James Douthat, former president of Lycoming College, and recognizes his special interest in Jefferson. The annual lecture, which is not field specific, attracts top scholarly guest speakers to the college. Lycoming’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society for all academic disciplines, organizes the lectureship.