We are delighted to announce that the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists (VCEA) will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, January 25th, 2020. Our good friends at the University of Richmond will serve as our hosts for what promises to be another exciting day of conversation and scholarship. (Registration for the VCEA 2020 Intensive Workshop is now closed. The sessions beginning at 11:00am are open to all.)

All sessions will take place at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center, 442 Westhampton Way, Richmond, Virginia.

Please find below the program for this year’s meeting:

9:00am – 10:30am Intensive Workshop (Closed Session)


Welcome:  S. Max Edelson, Professor of History, University of Virginia and 2020 VCEA Program Committee Chair

Keynote Roundtable: “Reckoning with Slavery at Virginia’s Universities”

Niya Bates, Director of African American History and the Getting Word Oral History Project at Monticello, Chair
Lynn Rainville, Washington and Lee, “Beyond ‘Washington’ and ‘Lee’”
Jody Allen, William & Mary, “The Lemon Project”
George D. Oberle III, George Mason University, “Grappling with a Namesake’s History of Slavery and Freedom: George Mason and His Enslaved Persons”
Kirt von Daacke, University of Virginia, “How Did We Get Here? The University of Virginia, Slavery, and the Movement toward Restorative Justice”

12:30pm–1:30pm Lunch 

1:30pm–2:30pm Round Table Sessions

Session A: “The Future of History Education”
Christa Dierksheide, University of Virginia, Chair
Alexi Garrett, University of Virginia, “Preparing PhD Students for Careers beyond the Professorship”
Johann Neem, Western Washington University, “What’s the Point of Graduate School?”
Lindsay Chervinsky, White House Historical Association, “Pursuing Public History Careers”
Paul Mapp, William & Mary, “Rethinking History Education”

Session B: New Directions in Digital History
Rob Nelson, University of Richmond, Digital Scholarship Lab, Chair
Greta Swain, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, “The Mapping Early American Elections Project”
James Ambuske, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, “Mapping the American Revolution at the Washington Library”
Dan Howlett, George Mason University, “RRCHNM Digital Archive on Disability”
Shelby Driskill, University of Richmond, “Paths to the Burying Ground: Enslavement, Erasure, and Memory on the Campus of the University of Richmond”

2:30pm–3:00pm: Break

3:00pm–4:00pm: Lightning Round Talks

Mason Little, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Post War Feudal Lords: The Legality Behind the Land Grab for the Northern Neck Proprietary Colony”
Mitchell Oxford, William & Mary, “American Catholicism and the French Revolution”
Sydney Sweat, Virginia Tech, “Economic Innovation, Currency, Colonial Pennsylvania”
Jennifer Levin, University of Virginia, “The Gulf South Borderlands:  Local and Circum-Caribbean Trade Networks and Collaboration, 1701-1721”
Alexandra Zukas, Virginia Commonwealth University, “’Tossed by tempestuous waves’: Negotiating Quaker Identity in the Revolutionary Era”
Jessica Taylor, Virginia Tech, “Mapping Property Boundaries and Indian Trails in the Chesapeake”
Donovan Fifield, University of Virginia, “Wartime Financial Markets in Colonial British North America”
Peighton Young, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Against the Eyes of God and Man: The Suicide and Alcohol Intoxication Deaths of Enslaved People in Alexandria and Henrico County, Virginia, 1805-1829”
Amanda Gibson, William & Mary, “The Emancipation of Elizabeth Keckley: The Cultural and Economic Foundations for Lending within the African American Community”
Ian Tonat, William & Mary,“The People of the Bay: Native Society and Identity in the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Green Bay Region”
Courtland Ingraham, George Washington University, “George Washington’s Political Behavior in Retirement”

4:30pm– Happy Hour at Beijing on Grove, 5710 Grove Ave, Richmond