The last Omohundro Institute colloquium of the 2018-19 academic year will take place on Tuesday, April 16. Julia Gossard (Utah State University) will present “The Casket Girls of French Louisiana: Youth Migration in Vast Early America.”

Scholars interested in sharing their work at a colloquium next year should contact Karin Wulf ( by April 15 with a short proposal. The OI provides presenters with lodging and modest travel support.

The OI holds up to 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 colloquia announcements and copies of the pre-circulated papers 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 on the campus of William & Mary. Discussion of the paper follows a brief introduction of the presenter and their project.