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Introducing Commonplace.online

· September 30th, 2019 · No Comments

By Joshua R. Greenberg, editor of Commonplace.online What is it like for a scholar to read the entire back catalog of a publication without a specific research or teaching agenda in mind? For me, it has been like assembling a very complicated jigsaw puzzle. Let me explain. As of September 30th, Commonplace: the journal of… Read More »

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 »

County Plats: Evidence of a 17th-Century Virginian Cartographic Culture

· August 30th, 2019 · 2 Comments

by Nathan Braccio Today’s post is courtesy of Nathan Braccio, an Omohundro Institute–Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation fellow. Nathan spent a month in Williamsburg at the OI and Jamestown this summer. During my month in Williamsburg I conducted research for my dissertation, “Parallel Landscapes: Algonquian and English Spatial Epistemologies 1500-1700.” While the bulk of my research focuses… Read More »

How to Pick Your Next Great Read: Summer 2019 Edition

· July 11th, 2019 · No Comments

By Nadine Zimmerli Two years ago, I polled my colleagues at the OI about their summer reading habits and gathered book recommendations. In the wake of that blog post, I raced to pick up Kathy Burdette’s suggestion, David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog, and have found myself recommending it ever since. I even sent a… Read More »

Taking Account of Sexual Harassment

· June 21st, 2019 · 11 Comments

OI Executive Director Karin Wulf’s statement is followed by a statement from Professor Lisa Wilson of Connecticut College, and a statement from the current Council of the Omohundro Institute. Taking Account of Sexual Harassment Karin Wulf “I was at an “Institute of Early American History and Culture” (now known as the Omohundro Institute) mixer at… Read More »

Accessing the Past: Why Paleography Skills Still Matter

· March 21st, 2019 · 3 Comments

Learn more about paleography at our first Transcribathon on Saturday, March 23, 2019, in the Ford Classroom, ground floor of Swem Library, on the campus of William & Mary. We will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m. Participants are welcome to drop in for an hour or to stay all afternoon. Lunch and snacks will… Read More »

Digital Sources, Analog Citations

· February 20th, 2019 · No Comments

Today’s post is by Andrew Newman, author of Allegories of Encounter: Colonial Literacy and Indian Captivities, published in January 2019 by the Omohundro Institute with our partners at the University of North Carolina Press. It is available in paperback. by Andrew Newman The image on the right is a copper engraving from a 1725 Amsterdam edition of… Read More »