Born after an enthusiastically received continuing education class from the Christopher Wren Association, EARS meets twice a semester for discussion of an early American history text. Moderated by Karin Wulf and the OI staff, the discussions are free, open to all, and the public is warmly encouraged to attend.

2017–18 academic year schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017: Kathleen Brown, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarch: Gender, Race and Power in Colonial Virginia
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017: Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018: Jane Kamensky, A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Michel-Rolp Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History, 20th Anniversary Edition

If you would like to join the group or receive more information, contact Martha Howard at 757-221-1115 or

Books read by the group in previous years include:

  • T.H. Breen and Stephen Innes, “Myne Own Ground”: Race and Freedom on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, 1640–1676
  • John Demos, The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America
  • Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination
  • Mary Kelley, Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America’s Republic
  • John Ruston Pagan, Anne Orthwood’s Bastard: Sex and Law in Early Virginia