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The OI’s Working Group on Inclusive Practice

· September 9th, 2019 · No Comments

by Karin Wulf Starting later this month, the OI will convene a Working Group on Inclusive Practice.  The OI’s Executive Board has charged me, together with the OI’s Council Chair, Jennifer Morgan, with bringing this group together to consider inclusivity throughout our programming, including our publications, meetings, fellowships, and more.  All current and former members… Read More »

Must Early America Be Vast?

· May 2nd, 2019 · 4 Comments

by Karin Wulf Spoiler:  I think yes. But it’s complicated.  You may have seen this meme about historians, with “it’s complicated” mocked as the weak battle cry of our profession.  I would argue that there is ample demonstration, from contemporary politics to technology, that an appreciation of complexity is newly resurgent.  And so it is… Read More »

Vast Early America: Three Simple Words for a Complex Reality

· February 6th, 2019 · 1 Comment

This article was originally published in the Winter 2019 issue of Humanities magazine, a publication of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Some of the images used in the article are under copyright and appear only on the NEH’s site. by Karin Wulf American history courses usually begin with the peopling of the Americas, then move on to European… Read More »

Why be a joiner?

· June 26th, 2018 · 1 Comment

by Karin Wulf Why be a joiner? Don’t make me pull out that de Tocqueville quote about the importance of voluntary associations in civil society. Besides, it’s not necessary to quote a tourist in early nineteenth-century America to observe a truism: organizations bring people and their talents together. The Omohundro Institute has a single mission:… Read More »

The OI Book That Made Me a Historian

· June 1st, 2018 · 6 Comments

I went to college with political journalism as a career goal. A Watergate kid, I wanted to be in Washington, and I wanted to put together important stories at the ragged edges of contemporary American democracy. Instead, I was captivated by the early modern period, by early American history in particular, and it was Gordon… Read More »

We’ve Been Doing History’s History

· December 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Today’s post accompanies “Freedom and the American Revolution,” episode 166 of Ben Franklin’s World and part of the Doing History 2: To the Revolution! series. You can find supplementary materials for the episode on the OI Reader app, available through iTunes or Google Play. History is a primary context for every decision we make; our… Read More »