Jefferson Book Club


Open to all University of Missouri undergraduates who are interested in learning more about the origins and development of the United States’ intellectual tradition, the Jefferson Book Club convenes monthly at the Tiger Bistro in Reynolds Alumni Center to discuss key works in the history of Western thought that have influenced the American experience.

In the past, JBC participants have examined topics ranging from the influence of Scottish Enlightenment thinkers on the architects of the United States government to Tocqueville and James Fenimore Cooper’s 19th century visions of the future of the American republic, and specific works including Hume’s “Of the Liberty of the Press”; primary source documents such as the Sedition Act and Virginia and Kentucky resolutions; and selections from Feredi’s On Tolerance, Balckstone’s Commentaries, and Mill’s On Liberty.

For more information about 2018-19 meetings of the Jefferson Book Club, please contact Professor of Political Science and JBC Coordinator Jay Dow, at