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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Space Institute’s Thomas Jefferson Lecture this year is scheduled to be delivered by Peter S. Onuf, a Jefferson scholar from the University of Virginia.

The lecture, which is free to the public, is scheduled at 3 p.m., April 9, in the institute’s auditorium.

Onuf plans to offer insights on what Jefferson’s perspectives might have been toward current social issues and uses of modern science.

“Jefferson’s bold vision can still inspire us, just as his failures should make us more aware of our own — and our planet’s — limits,” Onuf said.

 In connection with the lecture, UTSI also sponsors a Jefferson essay writing competition for area junior and senior high school students. Essay award winners will be recognized following the lecture.

 Onuf, who holds bachelor of arts and doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins University, is the University of Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation professor of history. He also is chairman of the UVA history department.

 Contact: Cindy Calhoun (615-393-7527)