The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture is pleased to announce the 2018–2019 colloquia series. Sessions are held in the Institute’s Conference Room, Ground Floor, Swem Library, William & Mary, at 7:00 P.M. on the Tuesdays listed below. All colloquia will be followed by a social hour.

The OI’s sponsors four or five colloquia a semester in order to discuss a variety of projects in progress. The Institute provides overnight lodging and modest travel support to the presenting scholars. Persons interested in presenting their work are invited to contact Karin Wulf, If you wish to receive a paper, please contact Beverly Smith at (757) 221-1114 or

September 25, 2018

"'Nor Be Angry…One Life Is Enough to Be Lost': Clues from an Eighteenth-Century Murder Case for an Iroquois History of Thought and Emotion"
Nicole Eustace, New York University

October 30, 2018

"Manumission Through Marriage: Subversion, Opportunity, and Politics in Late Colonial Haiti"
Robert Taber, Fayetteville State University

November 13, 2018

"'Outwrote as well as Outvoted': The 1768 Assembly Election"
Christopher Minty, Massachusetts Historical Society

December 4, 2018

Susan Kern, William & Mary

February 12, 2019

"The Racialization of Print"
Joseph Rezek, Boston University

February 26, 2019

"Captives to Slaves, Traders to Invaders: Indigenous and European Navigations of Early Guiana"
Carolyn Arena, Omohundro Institute

March 12, 2019

"So Far to Leeward: Eliza Moore’s Circuitous Paths to Freedom in the Caribbean"
Natasha Lightfoot, Columbia University

April 16, 2019

"The Casket Girls of French Louisiana: Youth Migration in Vast Early America"
Julia Gossard, Utah State University