Clay Jenkinson appears as Thomas Jefferson March 14

Clay Jenkinson, a cultural commentator, humanities scholar and author, will be on campus celebrating UND’s 125th anniversary as Thomas Jefferson, his alter ego. Jefferson will speak about the founding of his own University of Virginia, from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Clay will take part in a panel discussion on the future of education in North Dakota. Both events are sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development and are free and open to the public. A reception will follow at 2:30 with refreshments.

Clay S. Jenkinson adopts the persona of Jefferson each week on National Public Radio's The Thomas Jefferson Hour to comment on current events and answer questions people may have about Jefferson's thoughts on any and all topics. Clay has portrayed Thomas Jefferson for more than two decades. He is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities highest award, then called the Charles Frankel Award, for his humanities-based first person interpretation methodology.

For more information, please contact Jena Pierce, director of alumni relations and development, College of Education and Human Development at 777-0844 or