The OI holds between three and six colloquia 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 receive copies of the pre-circulated papers please email Beverly Smith ( Discussion of the paper will follow a brief introduction of the presenter and their project. Participants are asked to refrain from sharing the papers with others. We thank you for your observance of this request.

During the COVID pandemic, OI colloquia convened online. In Fall 2022, we will return to a primarily in-person format but will continue to offer at least one session per semester online in order to serve  participants who cannot come to Williamsburg. Reservations are required for the online sessions.

Unless otherwise noted, the following sessions will be held in the OI Conference Room in Swem Library. All sessions will begin at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a modest reception.

Colloquia presenters for Fall 2022

September 6, 2022
Nicole Dressler, William & Mary
“‘not to suffer him to be made subject to personal Slavery and Bondage’: Black Convict Transportation and Servitude in the British Atlantic World”

November 29, 2022ONLINE (Registration form will be posted in mid-September)
Kai Pyle, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
“Two-Spirit Love and War as Indigenous Diplomacy: Ozaawindib in the Red River Valley, ca. 1800”

December 6, 2022
Kathryn de Luna, Georgetown University
“Toward a History of Palmares in Terms of Africa”

Additional Fall 2022 events

September 14, 2022
4:00 p.m.
Join us for the Vast Early America Lecture with Eliga Gould, University of New Hampshire
“A New Order for the Ages? The American Confederation Revisited, 1776-1789”
William & Mary’s Sadler Center, Tidewater B
A reception will follow Professor Gould’s talk.

October 27-29, 2022
“Revolutionary Legacies” the first conference in the “For 2026” series
Co-sponsored with William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg
Held at William & Mary’s School of Education and Colonial Williamsburg
Details coming soon.

November 4, 2022
4:00 p.m.
A conversation with Peter Mancall, University of Southern California
Details coming soon.

Colloquia presenters for Spring 2023

Details coming soon.

Jessica Choppin Roney, Temple University
“Separate Creations: Political Community and Loyalty in the 1790s”

Emily Macgillivray, Northland College
“An Oneida Woman’s Politics and Property in the Thames River Valley Borderlands, 1790 to 1830”

John Marquez, Omohundro Institute
“Lineages of Freedom: Black Confraternities and the Pursuit of Royal Privileges in Portugal and the Atlantic World”

As well as workshops with Richard Turits (William & Mary) and Steven Sarson (Jean Moulin University).