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  1. Nov 2017
    1. encounter much difference of opinion

      The fact that Jefferson acknowledges that differences in opinion are an expected and obvious part of his University community is a very interesting idea. When we think of college or higher education in our current society, we think of a place that challenges ideals and values and forces individuals to encounter ideals different from their own. For many, this is the most amazing aspect of education and the aspect that makes it so worthwhile and influential in the lives of young people. Here, Jefferson says that even the commissioners and professors should expect these differing ideals. This shows just how open and accepting this university was meant to be, obviously not for minorities or women. It was never designed as a place to teach an ideology, but rather a place to learn and be exposed to multiple ideologies and challenge and demand more of its students, professors, and commissioners. This UVA ideal is still one that is alive today, with the many courses offered, the many students and professors living and learning here, the clubs and CIOs made by students, etc. It is still a place that values learning above all else and allows students to find their own values through their time here.

    2. the gratification & happiness of their fellow citizens, of the parent especially & his progeny

      This passage is very interesting since it seems to start out based on ideals of equality, though later corrects itself to ideas of lineage and family. It is obvious that the "fellow citizens" this line refers to is other wealthy white men, though the fact that the school wants to ensure students learn how to care for fellow citizens does show a sort of inclusive and caring environment. However, this idea is amended to ensure that students especially look to bring happiness to their families. At UVA today, I still feel that the gratification and happiness of fellow citizens is still something that students crave to find through the University. Our school is not only a very inclusive and familial place, but it is also an institution that reaches out to others and other communities trying to bring happiness on a broader scale. Also, still today, attending college and institutions of higher education is seen as a very strong way to bring happiness to your family, past and present. It's very interesting to see how this idea of what education can do is still an idea that is widely accepted and valued today.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. What, but education, has advanced us beyond the condition of our indigenous neighbours? and what chains them to their present state of barbarism & wretchedness,

      Here we have an obvious example of the supremacist ideology that makes Jefferson such a controversial individual. We see here how he views himself and the young, wealthy, white students of his University as a higher class than the "barbaric" indigenous neighbors. He states how his university will be democratic and accepting, though here he shows absolute bigotry and discrimination to this group of people. Maybe this was the same way in which he looked at the black slaves he used to build and create this university. Jefferson is looked to as this great figure, the man our University is accredited to, however one can't forget that he showed ideals of white supremacy and racism through owning slaves and only pushing towards emancipation for economic growth. This university has a rocky past, but a past that needs to be known. We should read these words written here by Jefferson and realize that this school was made for a certain population, a certain group who saw themselves as so much better than all other people. I think that this is one of the most important lines of this report because it opens our eyes to the negative aspects of our university's start, but it also shows how far we have come, not only as a country but as the University of Virginia.

    2. propose such general provisions

      Jefferson's attention to the future of his University is dashed throughout the document. He keeps in mind that though his idea of how the University should run is strong, he also acknowledges that provisions can only help his vision. In this way he places a portion of the school in the hands of it's future students, visitors, and presidents. He strives to have a University that runs as well as it possibly can, and he understands that in order for this to happen some changes might need to be made. He wants the University to constantly improve and not be tied down by the laws and rules of the past, showing just how invested he is in the future of this project. In this way we can see a connection to the Declaration of Independence, that some times there is a need for a new way of government or organization, and here Jefferson shows that he is on board for any of these future provisions that need to be made. This is a duty or responsibility to make sure the University runs at its best even if this means it needs to run differently than in the past.