VCEA

Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists

Each January, the OI and partner organizations convene a meeting of early Americanists from around the Commonwealth. The day-long gathering gives graduate students from a variety of Virginia institutions the opportunity to present papers and network with each other as well as senior scholars.

To be added to the VCEA distribution list, contact Holly Stevens.

2019 program

We are delighted to announce that the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists (VCEA) will hold its annual meeting on January 26, 2019, at Virginia Commonwealth University’s James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284.

Our good friends at the VCU Humanities Research Center and the VCU Libraries will serve as our hosts for what promises to be another exciting day of conversation and scholarship. We invite all scholars of Early American history local to Virginia, including graduate students, to attend this conference.

This year’s VCEA Meeting will take place on the third floor of VCU’s James Branch Cabell Library, 910 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284. On entering the library, you will see stairs to your left and elevators straight ahead. Please click here for a map showing the location of the Cabell Library (circled in red). Paid parking is available in the parking deck at 1111 W. Broad Street (also circled in red on the map). Most street parking in the vicinity is free on Saturdays.

PROGRAM


9:00 am – 11:00 am • Registration (Lecture Hall 303B)

9:30 am – 10:45 am • Graduate Student Workshops — CLOSED

Session 1 • Racial Frontiers (Board Room 311)

  • Facilitators:
    • Joshua Piker, Omohundro Institute and Department of History, William & Mary
    • Brooke Newman, Humanities Research Center and Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University

Session 2 • Gender Frontiers (301D)

  • Facilitators:
    • Cassandra Good, Department of History and Politics, Marymount University
    • Richard Godbeer. Humanities Research Center and Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University

11:00 am • Welcome (Lecture Hall 303A)

  • Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute and Department of History, William & Mary
  • Richard Godbeer, Humanities Research Center and Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University

11:15 am • Keynote Address (Lecture Hall 303A)

  • Catherine Kelly, Omohundro Institute and Department of History, William & Mary

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. • Lunch (Lecture Hall 303B)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. • Afternoon Roundtables

Session 3 • The Impact of New Media on Our Research and Its Communication in the Twenty-First Century (Board Room 311)

Chair: Brooke Newman, Humanities Research Center and Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Participants:
    • Megan Brett, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University
    • Liz Covart, Omohundro Institute, College of William and Mary
    • Jillian Galle, Department of Archaeology, Monticello
    • Simon Newman, Department of History, University of Glasgow

Session 4 • Designing Courses that Focus on Historic Sites (Lecture Hall 303A)

Chair: Ryan Smith, Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Participants:
    • Mariaelena DiBenigno, Program in American Studies, William & Mary
    • Julie Richter, National Institute of American History and Democracy, William & Mary
    • Christine Henry, Department of Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington
    • Sarah McCartney, National Institute of American History and Democracy, William & Mary
    • Lauren McMillan, Department of Historic Preservation, University of Mary Washington
    • Sarah Thomas, The Lemon Project, William & Mary

Session 5 • Career Paths for Early Americanists (Lecture Hall 303B)

Chair: Dylan Ruediger, Coordinator, Career Diversity for Historians, American Historical Association

  • Participants:
    • David Brown, Fairfield Foundation
    • Elizabeth Cook, Virginia Department of Historic Resources
    • Katherine Gruber, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
    • Ashley Ramey, Library of Virginia

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. • Coffee Break

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. • Afternoon Roundtables

Session 6 • New Approaches to Teaching Early America (Board Room 311)

Chair: Cassandra Good, Department of History, Marymount University

  • Participants:
    • Michael Dickinson, Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Alexi Garrett, Department of History, University of Virginia
    • Jason Sellers, Department of History and American Studies, University of Mary Washington
    • Kristofer Stinson, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University
    • Andrew Witmer, Department of History, James Madison University

Session 7 • Writing for a Popular Audience (Lecture Hall 303A)

Chair: Douglas Winiarski, Department of Religious Studies, University of Richmond

  • Participants:
    • Carolyn Eastman, Department of History, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Alan Taylor, Department of History, University of Virginia
    • Brendan Wolfe, Encyclopedia Virginia, Virginia Humanities
    • Rosemarie Zagarri, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. • Wine and Cheese Reception (Lecture Hall 303B)