Mr. Jefferson's Telescope: A History of the University of Virginia in One Hundred Objects
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About the Author
Brendan Wolfe is the author of Finding Bix: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend and has contributed to the Morning News, Colorado Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review.
[O]n Aug. 11, white supremacists carried torches on the very steps Jefferson designed, and fought with counterprotesters in clashes that turned deadly the next day in Charlottesville.... The librarians had been planning to open "The University of Virginia in 100 Objects" exhibit to the public Aug. 14, and delayed it for security reasons.... The exhibit is based on Brendan Wolfe's book, Mr. Jefferson's Telescope: A History of the University of Virginia in One Hundred Objects, and that simple idea manages to convey something incredibly complex. It's a perfect counterpoint to the traditional narrative of the rise of a great university, Schwartzburg said. "It's the exploding out of our idea of a university into a lot of small pieces," in a way that's particularly fitting at a time when many different narratives of the past are being discussed and debated.--Washington Post