Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


The Vast Early America Lecture

The Omohundro Institute is a proud member of the College of William & Mary community.

Several OI staff members are also professors at the College, and each year graduate students in the Department of History join the OI as part of the Apprentice program. The annual colloquia series, Council and McGiffert lectures, and Williamsburg-centered conferences all are designed with the campus community in mind.

Now, in conjunction with the departments of History and English at W&M, as well as the Africana Studies and American Studies programs, the Omohundro Institute is pleased to announce a new annual lecture series, the Vast Early America Lectures.

The series will feature a scholar whose work has appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly and whose topic has strong cross-disciplinary appeal to scholars of history, literature, gender and sexuality, race and identity, and cultural studies. While created with the W&M student and faculty community in mind, the lecture is open to all.

On Monday, September 19, 2016 at 5:00, in Tucker Hall theatre, join Miles P. Grier, Assistant Professor of English, Queens College, City University of New York, for a lecture entitled “Inkface: or, Learning to Read Racial Character in the English Atlantic.” Professor Grier’s talk will blend aspects of the history of slavery, tattooing, stage cosmetics, and the properties of inks and dyes—as they bear on day-to-day life in England’s Atlantic empire.

A reception in the Wren Great Hall will follow the talk.