James Bays is a 1971 graduate of Dartmouth and earned his law degree at "Mr. Jefferson's university," the University of Virginia. While in law school, taking full advantage of the free admission afforded residents of Charlottesville, Virginia, Jim made multiple visits to Mr. Jefferson's home at Monticello and developed a life-long interest in America's third President. He even uses a pewter cup designed by Mr. Jefferson as the receptacle for his daily "adult beverage."
Course Title: The Great American Mulligan (Fall Term 2020)
Material was spot on. Jim was very knowledgeable and could add more content depending on the questions.
Impressive knowledge of the subject. Very well prepared each class.
Course Title: Thomas Jefferson: The American Enigma (Fall Term 2019)
The Study Leader obviously loved his subject, and presented historical facts, but also opened new ideas on a variety of themes concerning Jefferson.
Great organization of the course, and low-key but confident presentation each week by Jim Bays. It was great to hear a variety of opinions---authors and class participants---about the subject matter. An ideal learning experience! Study Leader was wonderful!
Course Title: Thomas Jefferson: The American Enigma (Fall Term 2018)
Scholarly, objectively presented. Enjoyed the humor.
This was the best Osher class I have taken. Jim Bays is a very dedicated, knowledgeable, organized, and effective instructor.