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From the OI Archives: Our Copper-and-Wood Printing Blocks

· January 17th, 2018 · No Comments

Our thanks to Laurel Daen for researching and writing this series of posts in preparation for the Omohundro Institute’s 75th anniversary while she was the Lapidus Initiative Communications Coordinator in 2016. A Look at Printing Illustrations in the WMQ in the Mid-Twentieth Century By Laurel Daen Part I In 2018, the OI celebrates its 75th… Read More »

Report from a Lapidus Initiative Digital Collections Fellowship recipient

· December 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Lauren Coats (Associate Professor of English and Director, Digital Scholarship Lab) and Andrew Sluyter (Professor of Geography and Anthropology) of Louisiana State University, in conjunction with LSU Libraries, received one of three awards made last year for the Lapidus Initiative Fellowships for Digital Collections. In concert with other OI projects promoting creative use of digital tools… Read More »

Planning a spring syllabus? Read this first

· November 22nd, 2017 · 1 Comment

2017 was an extraordinary year for the Omohundro Institute’s burgeoning role as a podcast producer. Liz Covart, creator and host of Ben Franklin’s World, joined the OI full-time as Digital Projects Editor. While they remain based in Boston much of the year, Liz, her partner Tim, and their companion Sprocket, planted a Red Sox flag… Read More »

Meet the new OI Council members

· November 15th, 2017 · No Comments

We were excited to welcome five new members to the Omohundro Institute Council recently. Council members advise the OI director and the Executive Board on policy, programmatic, and professional matters of concern to the OI and serve on one of the Council’s three standing committees: the William and Mary Quarterly Editorial Board, the Book Publications Committee, or… Read More »

Framing Early American Scholarship

· September 6th, 2017 · 3 Comments

In today’s post, Jeffrey Glover, author of “Witnessing African War: Slavery, the Laws of War, and Anglo-American Abolitionism” in the July 2017 edition of the William and Mary Quarterly, reflects on what it means to frame an article.  By Jeffrey Glover I was surprised by the readers’ and editor’s reports on my submission to William and Mary… Read More »

Money matters

· August 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Today’s post is from Katherine Smoak, author of “The Weight of Necessity: Counterfeit Coins in the British Atlantic World, 1760-1800” (William and Mary Quarterly, July 2017). by Katherine Smoak When I started the research for the larger project from which my recent WMQ article is drawn—a history of the practices and politics of counterfeiting in the… Read More »

A short introduction to a very short introduction of IP

· May 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Today’s post is a reprint from yesterday’s edition of The Scholarly Kitchen. In it, Karin Wulf reviews the Very Short Introduction to Intellectual Property by Siva Vaidhyanathan (Oxford University Press). by Karin Wulf Intellectual property is the culmination of brain work:  ideas made manifest are legally defined and protected to variously advance the interests of their… Read More »