Is Jefferson Canceled? An evening with the Founding Father presented by Clay Jenkinson
- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Community
- Published: 27 March 2023
Historian Clay Jenkinson Presents Evening Performance
Wednesday, May 10, 7 p.m.
Tidewater Community College’s Roper Performing Arts Center
Is Thomas Jefferson Cancelled? comes to TCC’s Roper Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 10.
Clay Jenkinson, host of The Thomas Jefferson Hour on WHRO public radio, takes the stage at Tidewater Community College’s Roper Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 10 in a performance reflecting on the current state of Thomas Jefferson in popular culture, and musing on the question: where do we go from here?
Jenkinson’s performances even of the comparatively humorless Jefferson are filled with wit. “It’s a serious topic, but there will certainly be lighthearted moments,” Jenkinson said. “I always look forward to performing in Norfolk and so appreciate our friends at WHRO for extending the invitation back.”
The performance is a fundraiser for WHRO, with ticket sales supporting the public radio station.
About Clay S. Jenkinson
Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author, and social commentator, devoting most of his career to public humanities programs. As one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Thomas Jefferson, Clay has performed before Supreme Court justices, presidents, eighteen state legislatures, and countless public, corporate and student audiences as well as appearing on The Today Show, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report and CNN. He has dedicated the better part of his life to researching the historical characters that he portrays and to bringing back and defining the “living theatre” of Chautauqua, which also emphasizes education with audience participation to enhance the learning and entertainment experience.
Clay is the recipient of one of the first five Charles Frankel Prizes, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ highest award (now called the National Humanities Medal), from President George H. Bush. He serves as editor-at-large of Governing.com and hosts The Thomas Jefferson Hour radio show and podcast. He also leads humanities-based group tours to historic locales such as the Lewis & Clark trail in Montana and Idaho, John Steinbeck’s California, and Jefferson’s France. He lives and writes in Bismarck, North Dakota.