The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Jefferson Scholars Fall Activities and Events


Jefferson Scholars Program Fall Opening Lecture

2019 Opening Lecture



Thursday Lunch Seminar Series

Throughout the year we will have professors give short, informal talks over sandwiches and cookies on topics related to your coursework in the program. These will all be on Thursdays from 12:30 to 2, so please keep that time free in your schedule if possible.


Peer Mentors

As part of our effort to create a small-college learning experience within the large university that is UT, we would like to encourage all JSP freshmen to take advantage of the opportunity to be paired with a peer mentor. Mentors are current Jefferson Scholars who will have a fund that they can draw on to take you to lunch, coffee, recreational events like bowling, and cultural events on and off campus. You can choose your own mentor by visiting our peer mentor page, or request a mentor by emailing us at


Jefferson Book Club

The Jefferson Book Club meets approximately every 3 weeks for an informal discussion of a classic movie or a short work or selection from a great book.  The first event will be a discussion of Leo Strauss’s essay "What is Liberal Education?" at 5 PM on Thursday, September 5, in WAG 403b.