Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

15th Annual Conference

June 11–14, 2009 • University of Utah, Salt Lake City


Friday, June 12, 2009

  • 8:30 a.m.
    Conference registration opens • Foyer, Commander’s House, 1965 De Trobriand Street
    Book exhibits open • North and South Parlors, Commander’s House.
  • 9:00–9:30
    Coffee • Sun Room, Commander’s House.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will take place in the Officers’ Club, 150 S. Fort
    Douglas Boulevard.
  • 9:30–11:30
  • • Session 1 • Intimate Understandings: Empires and Indians on Early America’s Frontiers
    North Room, Officers’ Club

    Chair: Susan Sleeper-Smith, Michigan State University

    Lying Together: Cross-Cultural Untruths and Their Imperial Implications
    Joshua Piker, University of Oklahoma

    Intimate Knowledge? Connections and Distances along the New Netherland Frontier
    Susannah Shaw Romney, Whittier College

    The Missionary Position in Northern New Spain
    Jennifer M. Spear, Simon Fraser University

    Comment: Michael McDonnell, University of Sydney

  • • Session 2 • Thomas Paine: Empire, Equality, and the Atlantic Revolutions
    South Room, Officers’ Club

    Chair: Neil York, Brigham Young University

    Tom Paine’s Empire for Liberty
    Edward Gray, Florida State University

    The Tangled Issue of Equality: The Reflection of the Emergence of a Modern Concept of Democracy in Thomas Paine’s and Edmund Burke’s Writings
    Armin Mattes, University of Virginia

    Thomas Paine and the Intellectual History of the American Founding
    Vikki Vickers, Weber State University

    Comment: Craig Yirush, University of California, Los Angeles

  • • Session 3 • Sociability and Self-Invention in the Revolutionary Era
    East Room, Officers’ Club

    Chair: Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles

    Young Nathan Hale: Sociability and Patriotism in the American Revolution
    Virginia Anderson, University of Colorado

    “So-and-so has succeeded. Why shouldn’t I?” Sociability and the Ambitions of Gilbert Imlay
    Andrew Cayton, Miami University, Ohio

    “Thou knowest the tempest in my breasts”: Spiritual Crisis, Slavery, and Intimacy in Sarah Osborn’s Diary
    Caroline Wigginton, University of Texas

    Comment: Nicole Eustace, New York University

  • 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    Lunch • Food can be purchased at the Chase N. Peterson Heritage Center (151 Connor Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you wish to dine off-campus, there are several restaurants on the TRAX line where you can eat and get back in time for the afternoon sessions. These establishments are listed on the Restaurant Guide included in your conference packet.
  • 1:00–3:00
  • • Session 4 • Roundtable Discussion: What About Women in Early America?
    North Room

    Chair/Moderator: Karin Wulf, College of William and Mary

    Christian Crouch, Bard College
    Ann Little, Colorado State University
    Sowande’ Mustakeem, Washington University in St. Louis

  • • Session 5 • Uncertain Identities in the American Revolution
    East Room

    Chair: Benjamin Irvin, University of Arizona

    “True Friends” and “True Indians”: Ideology and New England Public Space in the Making of the New England “Sachems Party, So Called,” 1763–1787
    Ryan Tripp, University of California, Davis

    “Enemies of Our Peace the Private as Well as Public”: Loyalists, Captives, and the Refinement of American Patriotism
    Kenneth Miller, Washington College

    Limits of Sentimentality: Loyalist Negotiation with the British during the Revolution
    Ruma Chopra, San Jose State University

    Comment: Holly Mayer, Duquesne University

  • • Session 6 • Christianity and the African Diaspora
    South Room

    Chair: Alexander Byrd, Rice University

    Philip Quaque: Black Atlantic Author
    Vincent Carretta, University of Maryland, College Park

    “My hopes, I am afraid, are in vain”: Philip Quaque and the Challenges of Proselytizing a Gold Coast Slave Trade Enclave
    Ty Reese, University of North Dakota

    The Favorite of Heaven: Antigua and the Growth of Afro-Christianity in the Eighteenth Century
    John Catron, University of Florida

    Comment: Alexander Byrd

  • 3:00–3:30
    Refreshment break • Sun Room, Commander’s House
  • 3:30–5:30
  • • Session 7 • Plenary Session • Crafting History: The Work and Influence of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
    Dumke Auditorium, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Marcia and John Price Museum Building at the University of Utah, 410 Campus Center Drive (TRAX Stop: U. South Campus)

    Chair/Moderator: Charles L. Cohen, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Fred Anderson, University of Colorado
    Cornelia H. Dayton, University of Connecticut
    Jane Kamensky, Brandeis University
    Marla R. Miller, University of Massachusetts

    Remarks: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University

  • 6:00–7:30
    Reception • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Marcia and John Price Museum Building at the University of Utah. Hosted by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Attendees are invited to visit the Museum’s special exhibition “Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art” or its permanent collection before the start of the reception.