OI Coffeehouse

A New Call for “Tables”

March 17, 2021

After eight TWELVE months of pandemic lockdown, we are appreciating opportunities to socialize and work socially-proximate to our colleagues again more than ever and from your enthusiastic response to the OI’s virtual Coffeehouse we know you are too, Vast Early America.

In February 2021, the OI Coffeehouse debuted a series of “tables”— groups of approximately a dozen scholars organized around topics, themes, methods, or another idea —that have been meeting throughout winter and spring 2021. The tables range in focus and themes. You can read descriptions of current tables here.

Now we are announcing a Call for Tables for the next round of the OI Coffeehouse. If you would like to host a table then please submit your proposals by 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, April 2, 2021. PLEASE INCLUDE UP TO TWO OPTIONS FOR REGULAR MEETING DAYS AND TIMES WITH YOUR APPLICATION TO HOST.

Each table will meet weekly for eight sessions of typically 90 minutes to two hours each (as determined by the hosts). Tables will be open to advanced graduate students through senior scholars working in any professional historical capacity. Hosts select participants for their tables with the goal of creating a diverse and inclusive group.

Seats at the table cost $35 per participant for the full 8 weeks.  The fee is waived for table hosts. 

As coffeehouse manager, the OI will

  • Help solicit applications and form a table based on the host’s theme or topic.
  • Create a table-specific Dropbox folder or other digital space for sharing materials.
  • Create and host a Zoom room for each table as well as send out invitations to the table and maintain the listserv.
  • Provide an OI Coffeehouse notebook and assorted swag to each participant.

TO APPLY TO HOST A TABLE please email us at oieahc@wm.edu with a brief description of your table theme (examples here), up to two options for regular meeting days and times, and an abbreviated c.v. for you and any co-hosts.


Hours of Operation

Requests to host are due by 5:00 pm EDT April 2, 2021.

Table themes will be announced April 5, 2021. (Yes! This is a Very Quick Turnaround!)

Requests for seats will be accepted through April 12, 2021.

Tables will be announced April 20, 2021.

The next coffeehouse will open for business the week of April 26, 2021.