Supporting the Jefferson Center
The Jefferson Center relies entirely on the generosity of departments to provide faculty to teach our courses and on the generosity of donors to support our postdoctoral fellows program, lecture series, book club, discussion sections for lecture courses, Jefferson Scholars program, and executive seminars for adults. Most of our staffing and other operating expenses are covered by donations as well. We welcome gifts both to cover current year expenses and to begin building an endowment, including four proposed endowed postdoctoral teaching fellowships. We are also interested in increasing teaching and research opportunities for graduate students who are writing dissertations on the great books and who will ultimately be prepared take the serious, interdisciplinary teaching of the great books to other colleges and universities.
The Jefferson Center welcomes targeted donations. Here are some examples of what your donations can achieve:
$25 pays for two Jefferson Junior Fellows to attend a faculty lunch talk.
$300 provides a book stipend for one Jefferson Junior Fellow for a semester.
$500 provides a travel grant for a student or post-doc to present a paper on the great books at an academic conference.
$1300 provides a discussion section for a large great books lecture course that would otherwise have only a grader.
$2000 provides a course development grant to revise an existing great books course to focus on ethics and leadership.
$3000 provides a course development grant to create a new great books course with a focus on ethics and leadership.
$5000 sends a graduate student working on the great books to a summer language program.
$7500 pays a graduate student to teach a great books course.
$8000 endows a scholarship for one Jefferson Junior Fellow.
$10,000 pays a lecturer or retired faculty member to teach a great books course.
$50,000 supports a post-doctoral fellow for a year to teach two courses and revise a dissertation on the great books for publication.
$80,000 brings a junior faculty member to UT as a visitor to teach four courses in the great books.
$1,200,000 endows a post-doctoral fellowship.
If you would like to make a donation to support our program, we encourage you to talk with co-director, Thomas Pangle, who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a pledge, or to find out about available tax incentives for both planned giving and outright gifts, please contact:
Kathleen Aronson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations
College of Liberal Arts
The University of Texas
1 University Station, G-6300
Austin, Texas 78712
Or you may make a gift online by using the form at: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/