What is a Jeffersonian Dinner? 

What is a Jeffersonian Dinner?

In the early 1800s Thomas Jefferson, a founding father, scientist, historian and thought leader, would frequently host dinners at his elegant Virginia home. Jefferson would invite fellow thinkers, scholars, politicians, theologists, artists and business leaders to join him for an evening to enjoy food, drink, discussion and debate around some of the most pressing issues facing the young nation. Each dinner, Jefferson would choose one question to pose to his assorted guests. This question might be practical or largely philosophical but the dinner was structured to ask each guest to discuss the question in depth, testing theories and arguments with one another. 

Most recently, the term "Jeffersonian Dinner" has been used to describe similar events, organized groups of individuals who share a common theme or interest join for an enjoyable meal and topic of discussion. The specific question will often be slated for the group that is gathered and asks dinner guests to discuss and problem solve challenges and obstacles to their work.

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