James Bays

Jim Bays

Jim Bays is a retired corporate attorney who has taught Osher courses at Dartmouth and in Texas on U.S. history in the late 18th century, including courses on Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, the transition from the Articles of Confederation tp the U.S. Constitution, and the Electoral College. He is a 1971 graduate of Dartmouth College and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1974.

Marbury v. Madison: The Untold Story (Winter Term 2024)

Participant Testimonials:

I will take any course that Jim offered. Great study leader, vast knowledge about his course details

Jim’s commentary supplemented by clear, brief but critical factual power points was expertly delivered. 

The Mystery of Tom (Spring Term 2023) 

Participant Testimonials:

This was such an interesting and engaging class. I learned so much, the presentation and material was great, and the complicated subject addressed so well. I am very much looking forward to any future classes Jim may offer -- I will be signing up for all of them!

Perfect. Jim is excellent, I will listen to this course again.

The Great American Mulligan (Fall Term 2020)

Participant Testimonials:

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.

Thomas Jefferson: The American Enigma (Fall Term 2019)

Participant Testimonials:

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!


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