Abram Kartch / Thomas Jefferson Lecture Series

Now in its 33rd year, the Abram Kartch/Thomas Jefferson Lecture Series at William Paterson University is devoted to exploring the thought, accomplishments and influence of our third president. Mr. Abram Kartch, Jeffersonian scholar, endowed this annual program with an eye toward stimulating interest and appreciation of American History in the minds and hearts of youth. Each year high school students and their teachers from throughout northern New Jersey are invited to campus to participate in the program.

This year's program is scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, 2017, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am in the University Commons Ballroom A. We are honored to welcome as our speaker Dr. James Alexander Dun, Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University and author of the recently published book Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America. Professor Dun's lecture is titled "Second Revolutions: Thomas Jefferson and Haiti."

As an integral part of this yearly program, Mr. Kartch established an essay contest, with prizes for students who submit the best essays on themes developed by Prof. Dun. We strongly encourage all students to participate in the contest by writing an essay and submitting it within three weeks of the lecture.

Educators interested in bring their students to this year's program should complete this online reply form no later than Friday, October 20:

For more information, please contact Richard Kearney at kearneyr@wpunj.edu or 973-720-2165.