This roundtable session, which is free and open to the public, will convene at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 204 Neff Hall on Friday, 11 April 2008 at 3pm to discuss the influence on early American political history and Jefferson studies by Noble E. Cunningham (1926-2007), the former Curators’ Professor of History at the University of Missouri. Participants in the roundtable include Jeffrey L. Pasley (University of Missouri), Andrew W. Robertson (The Graduate Center of the City University of New York), Larry D. Gragg (Missouri University of Science & Technology), and will be chaired by Steven Watts (University of Missouri). One of the leading historians of the politics in the early Republic and the life and times of Thomas Jefferson, Professor Cunningham was the recipient of several major awards and fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for Humanities, the University of Missouri Thomas Jefferson Award, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Medal. He was the author of numerous books and articles, including "The Jeffersonian Republicans: The formation of Party Organization, 1789-1801" (1957), "The Jeffersonian Republicans in Power: Party Operations, 1801-1809" (1963), "In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson" (1987), and "The Process of Government under Jefferson" (1978), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
At approximately 4:45 immediately following the roundtable, the Thomas Jefferson Professors of the University of Missouri, the Department of History, and the university community will dedicate a magnolia tree on the Francis Quadrangle near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Garden in memory of Professor Cunningham.
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