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Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement Ends the Academic Year with Jefferson Cafes on Campus, in the Community, and at Monticello/Montpelier

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Category: It's Academic

Published: Apr 16 2012 12:00AM

The Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement will end the 2011-2012 academic year with Jefferson Cafes on campus and at a community library. In addition, a commemorative eighth-anniversary Cafe will be held on site at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a special Constitutional Conversation at Montpelier in Orange, Virginia.


* WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 - Thursday, May 24: EIGHTH-ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE JEFFERSON CAFE AT MONTICELLO and CONSTITUTIONAL CONVERSATION + TOUR AT MADISON'S MONTPELIER. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE. Expenses will include one's share in the van rental ($25), admission to Monticello and Montpelier, lodging for one night, and meals. Anyone who has participated in a Jefferson Cafe is welcome to apply. A nonrefundable $25 deposit is required to reserve your place in the van. To sign up for this excursion, please contact Dr. Francine Jamin at 240-567-1385 or
Please Note: We have three spaces remaining and need to receive your $25 deposit by May 1 if you wish to make a reservation.


* WEDNESDAY, MAY 2; Session 1: gathering at 1:05 p.m.; discussion, 1:15-2:30 p.m. Session 2: gathering, 2:50 p.m.; discussion, 3-4:15 p.m. Bliss Suite Conference Room (Commons Building 202-K), Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.
TOPIC: Reflections on Teaching and Learning.
READING: Two articles from the American Association of Colleges and Universities' publication, Liberal Education: "How Teachers Need to Deal with the Seen, the Unseen, the Improbable, and the Nearly Imponderable," by Marshall Gregory [Fall 2010 issue], and "Death to the Syllabus!" by Mano Singham [Fall 2007]. To register and receive the pre-Cafe reading, please contact Dr. Francine Jamin at 240-567-1385 or Remember to indicate your session time slot preference.

* FRIDAY, MAY 18, 10:30 a.m. - noon. Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD.
TOPIC: Social Media and Politics.
READING: from "The Political Power of Social Media," by Clay Shirky, from "Foreign Affairs" (copies available at the library). To register, please contact Kathleen Jeschke at or 301-654-5330 or

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