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Teaching with Ben Franklin’s World

· August 15th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Among many other things, the advent of history podcasts has opened new possibilities for engagement both inside and outside of the classroom at all levels. The first Doing History series, which outlines the process that historians use to develop and create historical research projects, was designed in part for exactly that purpose. Over the past… Read More »

Summer Reading at the Institute

· August 9th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Today’s post is by Nadine Zimmerli, Associate Editor of Books When I was in college, I remember wandering into my local bookstore—Four Seasons Books, a gem of a place in Shepherdstown, West Virginia—and asking the owner for a good recommendation for summer reading. She suggested I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. This book was… Read More »

It started with a simple question

· August 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

Today’s post is from Tim Shannon, whose article “A ‘wicked commerce’: Consent, Coercion, and Kidnapping in Aberdeen’s Servant Trade” appears in the July 2017 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly

Nick Popper, BRE

· July 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Today’s post comes from Nick Popper, new Book Review Editor at the William and Mary Quarterly.  By Nick Popper The first reviewers of William Robertson’s landmark 1777 History of America tended towards rapturous praise. In June of that year, a review appeared in both the Scots Magazine and the Monthly Review exclaiming that “From the close… Read More »

Welcome Carolyn Arena, new OI-NEH Fellow

· July 19th, 2017 · No Comments

Carolyn Arena is a historian of the Atlantic World, focusing on histories of native peoples in the Americas and slavery. Dr. Arena is the 2017-2019 National Endowment of the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Prior to joining the Omohundro Institute, she completed her PhD at Columbia University… Read More »

Welcome the 2017 Scholars’ Workshop

· July 12th, 2017 · No Comments

The 2017 Scholars’ Workshop has convened in Williamsburg. Thanks to the Lapidus Initiative, six scholars are braving the heat to work on book and article projects with the OI’s editorial staff. Zack Dorner is a lecturer in history at Stanford University. He is working on a chapter from his book project on the globalization of… Read More »

Getting the iTunes Feature

· July 6th, 2017 · 9 Comments

iTunes promoted Ben Franklin’s World as a featured podcast the week of July 3, 2017. This was quite special for an independent, non-celebrity hosted podcast and since the feature appeared, many have asked me both how I got iTunes to feature Ben Franklin’s World and what the feature meant for its download statistics. These are… Read More »