ICYMI: Why Conferences Still Matter

In the October 2015 issue of Uncommon Sense, Karin Wulf reflects on why the OI still is dedicated to organizing and sponsoring conferences—inspiring reading perhaps as you contemplate your spring schedule and ask whether that long weekend commitment will really be worth it. Conferences are expensive and time-consuming for both the organizers and the attendees. Conferences are hard on the… Read More

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Florida at the Margins

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, https://floridamemory.com/items/show/33605. This week marks the end of our series highlighting the roundtables from the joint meeting of the Institute and the Society of Early Americanists. Thanks to all the participants for your contributions. Today’s post comes from Thomas Hallock, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida-St. Read More

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Environment and Agency in Early America

Our series on the roundtables from this summer’s annual conference continues with a post from John Easterbrook. He recently received his PhD from the Department of English at New York University, where he completed his dissertation, “The Political Ecology of Early Anglo-American Writing, 1609-1847.” Our roundtable on “Environment and Agency in Early America” originated with a question posed to… Read More

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A Social Media Brouhaha: Talking about Blogging in Chicago

Today we continue our series with a review of the roundtable on "The Maturing Blogosphere of Early America." You may have heard that there was some amount of controversy about social media during the OI-SEA meeting in Chicago this past June. But almost all of that happened after the roundtable session, so we'll get to that in a minute. Read More

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