Omohundro Conference

I just got back from the Omohundro Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s really the premier conference for historians of early America and along with SHEAR, which covers the Early American Republic as opposed to the colonial period, one of two main conferences that pertains to my field of research and writing.

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LHA paper done

Finished my conference paper for the Louisiana Historical Association meeting this March. This is a relief, since my conference papers are always a chore, it seems; a chore because they always involve distilling and condensing my detailed, verbose dissertation prose. Tucking all the fun stuff away in the footnotes is one way to get it done. Anyway, nice to have done that; now I can finish this book review, and get on to Chapter 4.

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Omohundro Conference

I attended the Omohundro Insitute’s annual conference this past June in Oxford, Mississippi (a historic town not only because of the civil rights era but because of William Faulkner, whose presence seems to pervade the bookstores and restaurants). My paper was called “The Dreamers: Elite Newcomers and American Identity in New Orleans, 1800-1820” and was part of a panel on Global Migrations put together by my friend Wayne Bodle, who wrote a paper on Charles Wollstonecraft, and a grad student from George Washington University named John O’Keefe, who wrote a paper on free non-white immigration in the early republic.

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