Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

Colloquia Schedule

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture’s colloquium meets up to six times per semester to discuss projects (usually a postdoctoral book chapter or article) in progress. The paper is pre-circulated and available by request. Although only postdoctoral work is presented, graduate students at all levels are warmly encouraged to attend the sessions and participate in the discussions. To be included in colloquia announcements please email Beverly Smith (

Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 7–8:30 during the academic year, in the OI’s seminar room on the Ground Floor of Swem Library at the College of William & Mary. Discussion of the paper follows a brief introduction of the presenter, and the presenter’s brief introduction of their project.

Any scholars interested in presenting their work at a colloquium should contact Karin Wulf ( by February 15 for inclusion in the upcoming year’s schedule. The OI provides presenters with lodging and up to $300 in travel.

We are pleased that the following scholars will be joining us this year to present their work.

September 13, 2016

“The Central Themes of Ambiguous Revolution”
Ed Countryman, Southern Methodist University

October 11, 2016

“Hidden in Plain Sight: Escaped Slaves in Jamaica”
Simon Newman, University of Glasgow

November 1, 2016

“Bathing in the British Atlantic: Colonial Health, Travel, and Medicine in the Long Eighteenth Century”
Amanda Herbert, Folger Shakespeare Library

November 15, 2016

“‘Delivered of a Bastard Child’: Bastardy, Servitude, and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Virginia”
Allison Madar, California State University, Chico

November 29, 2016

“Rape, Recourse and the Law of Seduction in the Early Republic”
John Sweet, University of North Carolina

February 7, 2017

"'Egyptian Lusts,' and Other Bad Habits: Eighteenth-Century Execution Narratives and the Sexual Politics of Racial Difference"
Greta LaFleur, Yale University

February 14, 2017

“The Time of Anarchy, 1675-1685”
Matthew Kruer, University of Oklahoma

February 28, 2017 - cancelled

“‘A Wild Chimera of Visionary Brain’: Land Companies and Colonial Sovereignty in the Anglo-Atlantic World”
Phillip Stern, Duke University

March 21, 2017

“Liberal Education Confronts the Rise of Democracy: Yale’s Reports of 1828”
Johann Neem, Western Washington University

April 4, 2017

“Marriage and the Problem of Governance in the Seventeenth Century Dutch Atlantic World”
Deborah Hamer, Omohundro Institute Postdoctoral Fellow

April 25, 2017

“From the Barnyard to the Mess Hall: Feeding People like other Animals in the Eighteenth Century”
Anya Zilberstein, Concordia University