In the past month, both the University of Bristol and the University of Cambridge in England have announced plans to research their historical links to slavery. But other universities, particularly in the United States, have been doing similar work for years. Among those universities are the College of William & Mary in Virginia and Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee.
Honorees from various facets of campus were recognized at Commencement May 11 as annual awards were presented to graduates, staff and faculty members.
Lemon Project Director Jody Allen discusses the history of the project, its accomplishments and its goals for the future.
The work of Lemon Project has been challenging and rewarding. It has also been inspiring. It has provided a doorway to the past and a way to propel William & Mary into the future. And we have just begun. Stay tuned.
A concept has been selected for the Memorial to African Americans Enslaved by William & Mary, President Katherine A. Rowe told the university’s Board of Visitors today.
Professor Chitralekha Zutshi talks about the crisis in Kashmir and why tensions are escalating in the region
Ronald Schechter, professor of history at William & Mary, has been awarded the 2019 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Intellectual and Cultural History.
Visiting assistant professor Jerry Watkins examines queer history in the South in his book "Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism
Kasey Sease, a Ph.D. candidate in the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History at William & Mary, was awarded a five-month predoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution Archives and the National Museum of American History.
Amanda Gibson is compiling evidence that traces today’s predatory financial practices to economic victimization of free and enslaved African Americans in the pre-emancipation South.
Virginia holds the unenviable distinction of being the only state in which the national controversy over public memorials to the Confederacy cost someone her life. The senseless murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville highlights the battles over memory and memorialization now raging in Virginia, the nation and throughout the world
David Marquis, a Ph.D. candidate, received the William & Mary Interdisciplinary Award for Excellence in Research for his paper “Tick, Tick, Boom: Dynamite, Cattle Ticks, and the Closing of the Southern Range.”
Alexandra Macdonald has been looking into the 18th-century “theatre of consumption” that was Samuel Abbot’s shop and the retail culture of colonial America, where even the residents of Puritan Boston were interested in consumption.
Ronald Schechter, professor of history at William & Mary, will deliver the spring 2019 Tack Faculty Lecture, “The Secret Library of Marie Antoinette: Revealing the Inner Life of a Conflicted Queen,” on March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium.
College of William and Mary Professor Robert Trent Vinson traces the life of Albert Luthuli, Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize winner, in his most recent book “Albert Luthuli: Mandela Before Mandela.”
The Sir Christopher Wren Building is both the past and present face of the College of William and Mary. Through Convocation, Commencement, college tours and classes, the Wren Building and the memorials within it inform students and visitors on what the college stands for and stood for in the past. Nov. 9, 2018, a new memorial to the individuals associated with the College who fought in the Civil War
"Sexual regimes accompanied political regimes as a means of controlling people, manipulating differences, and cementing power."
Virginia Tech, Newtown, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, Tree of Life. These are my memories.
History department hosts lecture on events of Charlottesville, Charleston
Tyler Lecture Series Symposium on “After Charlottesville: Memorials, Monuments and Memory” (Blair 229, 3-5 pm)
Professor Vinson recently gave an interview to BBC Radio on his new book, Albert Luthuli (2018).
History Professor Philip Daileader may not think he’s a rock star, but admission to his Crusades class has been one of the hottest tickets on the William & Mary campus for years.
The College of William & Mary is seeking ideas for a memorial to black Americans who were enslaved by the school or whose work as slaves enriched it.
A competition is being launched today to solicit conceptual ideas for a Memorial to African-Americans Enslaved by William & Mary.
Jerry Watkins III talks about his Dixie's Monuments course
As William & Mary celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence, these are just a few of the distinguished professors to receive that honor.
As the long-term Lemon Project effort prepares for the next chapter, a Board of Visitors resolution apologizes for W&M’s history of owning slaves and racial discrimination.
An Omohundro Institute book edited by a William & Mary professor is one of three 2018 Bancroft Prize winners, Columbia University recently announced.
History Professor Chitralekha Zutshi's latest book, "Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation," is a compilation of essays by eminent as well as junior scholars that Zutshi commissioned, edited and to which she contributed a chapter.
Armed with his tousled wig, bountiful box of donuts and distinctly fervent enthusiasm, Associate Professor of Chemistry Doug Young bore the attire of Buddy the Elf as he claimed his hard-fought victory for the natural and computational sciences at William & Mary’s annual Raft Debate.
If Holly Gruntner had her way, the annals of American botany would look very different.
William & Mary will host the 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora Nov. 5-10, 2019, in the Williamsburg Lodge.
Thomas Jefferson Award 2018 honoree Joanne Braxton, the Kluge Center’s David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality, will be joined by W&M Associate Professor Robert Trent Vinson and Cassandra Newby-Alexander Ph.D. ’92, director of the Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies at Norfolk State University, to discuss “1619 and The Making of America.” This free, public event is Feb. 23 at the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.
James Pinckney Harrison Professor Chitralekha Zutshi was interviewed by India Today on the occasion of the launch of her new book.
Community Studies Professor of History and director of American Studies Leisa Meyer is guiding undergraduate students in their work using archives and oral histories to build a digital record of the queer experience in the Commonwealth.
Prof. Javier Corrales presents the 2017 Boswell Lecture.
The three-day event runs Oct. 26 to 28 and is free and open to the public. Nearly 30 scholars from as far away as London will participate. The deadline for mandatory registration is Oct. 6.
On Sept. 15, the William & Mary Alumni Association celebrated its annual Fall Awards Banquet by recognizing alumni, faculty and staff who represent excellence in service, coaching and teaching.
Some of the top business and government officials from the United States and Spain — including the defense leaders of both countries — gathered at William & Mary on Saturday as part of the 2017 U.S.-Spain Council Forum.
This lecture series speaks to both of these firsts and interrogates the desegregation of higher education as it relates to women.
Ph.D. candidate David Ward's work won the Market Access International, Inc., award for “Excellence in Scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.”
William & Mary’s programs in business, education and history made strides in this year’s U.S. News and World Report magazine’s annual rankings of graduate and professional schools.
A new minor in native studies officially began with the opening of the spring semester.
This is the second lecture in the Department of History's Tyler Lecture Series on "New Directions in Jewish History"
This is the second lecture in the Department of History's Tyler Lecture Series in "New Directions in Jewish History"
The first phase of the Georgian Papers Programme – roughly 33,000 digitized documents, including some penned by King George III regarding the American Revolution – will be publicly released and accessible at no cost beginning Saturday, Jan. 28. William & Mary and the Omohundro Institute are the primary U.S. partners on the international project.
William & Mary will present an educational screening of Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” and two related discussions at the university on Feb. 3.
The new semester brings with it a vast array of opportunities for people to enjoy the arts at William & Mary.
Stephanie Fisher, "Economic Trust and Anti-Semitic Violence: Jewish Cattle Traders in the German Countryside" (Thursday November 3, Blair 229, 5 pm)
Scholars from across America and France will gather at William & Mary April 22-23 to discuss the impact the bubonic plague may have had on Sub-Saharan Africa before 1899.
It takes a research university to bring together the resources required to address big questions, but the term “research university” takes a bit of unpacking in the context of an institution that, as the charter mandates, "shall be called and denominated, for ever, the College of William and Mary."
“1619-2019: From Jamestown to Flint” takes place Saturday at Sadler Center and is free and open to the public.
April 22-23, 2016 • Williamsburg, Virginia William and Mary, Blair Hall, Room 206
The April 3 event will feature a wide variety of speakers – including several members of the W&M community.
More than 150 grad students from the arts and sciences presented their research March 18-19 at the Sadler Center
Diane Nash, a major proponent of non-violence during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, outlined how the strategy works during the sixth annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium.
William & Mary’s History Writing Resources Center is staffed by Ph.D. students who offer assistance to graduate and undergraduate students.
Jody Allen has begun researching the life of John Wallace De Rozaro (also spelled DeRozzaro), a free black man who sought to attend lectures at William & Mary in the early 1800s.
History Professor Jeremy Pope will be honored with the top teaching award at Charter Day.
During more than two decades at W&M, Meyer has dazzled colleagues with her teaching and involvement in countless campus committees and causes.
HGSA combines professional development with social interaction.
The 2015 Tyler Symposium: The World beyond Slavery
August Butler, who is working on her doctoral dissertation in History, has taken an unpaid internship with a comedy club in Richmond.
The first cohort of students in the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme graduated in May and June ceremonies at both universities.
Who is the mysterious author or authors of the copious annotations, edits and sometimes very strange markings that appear throughout the text of Swem Library's first-edition copy of Isaac Newton’s "Principia"?
Gerard Chouin hopes to find evidence to support his belief that the bubonic plague was as destructive a force in urban Africa as it was in the cities of Europe.
Alexandra Finley and Christopher Jones, W&M Ph.D. candidates in history, will receive funding to live in Philadelphia and complete their dissertation at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
Twenty William & Mary professors are being honored this year with the university's prestigious Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence.
Andy Fisher helps flesh out actor Tony Goldwyn's ancestry on "Who do You Think You Are?" Sunday night at 10.
Eve Bourbeau-Allard captures the Market Access International Corporate Award as part of the College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Research Symposium.
Cast members, writers and producers of AMC's Revolutionary War drama TURN: Washington's Spies appeared with W&M scholars to talk about differences in how history is recounted.
Actor Jamie Bell, star of AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies, will join a discussion on television, history and revolution in a public event Feb. 3.
"Television, History and Revolution" will be a discussion with the producers and cast from AMC's "TURN: Washington's Spies" and William & Mary professors.
Ph.D. candidate Alex Finley got to break the news of how they are related to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on the Nov. 25 episode of 'Finding Your Roots.'
Ph.D. candidate Alex Finley's work drew the attention of producers for a PBS show on genealogy. That's where the story begins.
Students helped plan and install the new woodblock print exhibition as guest curators at the Muscarelle Museum of Art.
Writing a queer history of William & Mary is an exercise in reading between the lines. For years, many people deliberately hid their stories — and a large part of themselves — out of fear of exclusion or punishment.
Eric Han's new book chronicles how Chinese immigrants in Yokohama, Japan, found an enduring place in a mono-ethnic state
Prof. Christopher DeCorse James Blair 206 October 15, from 12.30 to 2.00pm
Symposium: How World War I Changed The World, October 31, 2014
History Professor Susan Kern has been named the executive director of William & Mary’s Historic Campus, a position charged with the preservation and interpretation of the university's most historic buildings.
William & Mary History Professor Chitralekha Zutshi is one of this year’s recipients of the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary.
Associate Professor of History Brett Rushforth's book wins the Wylie Prize; C-SPAN3 to broadcast his class Saturday night at 8.
The William & Mary Boswell Initiative will host its first symposium on April 12 in Andrews Hall, Room 101.
An international leader in the field of neuroscience, one of the country's foremost legal thinkers on children's rights and family law, and an internationally renowned ethnomusicologist whose latest work focuses on the music of Oman are among this year's recipients of the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary.
The Legum Professor of History will discuss America's history of financial disasters and why the facts conflict with the media version we've heard the last few years.
The research of several William & Mary students who took the course "Out of the Shadows: Women of the Civil Rights Movement" is featured in a new exhibit at Swem Library titled “Peninsular Women: Making a Difference.”
The William & Mary Lemon Project is preparing to host its fourth annual spring symposium, an event that continues to grow each year.
This recurring feature highlights faculty members from the College of William & Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.
The campus conversation about the Sigma Chi email and the work being done in response to it continued at William & Mary on Saturday with a "teach-in" attended by more than 120 faculty, staff, administrators and students.
The 5th Annual Rio de la Plata Seminar is February 21-22, 2014
"The Early Modern Atlantic World in a Global Context"
Kathryn Babayan, Associate Professor of Iranian History and Culture, University of Michigan, presents the 2013 Boswell Lecture. Reception to follow in the Tyler Garden.
The director of Pittsburgh's Hiawatha Project is folding pieces of History Professor Scott Nelson's 2006 book into its 2014 production.
Cindy Hahamovitch, professor of history, will be featured on the radio program "With Good Reason" the week of July 20-26.
The award goes to the best book published in the preceding year dealing with the French colonial experience from the 16th century to 1848.
The two professors are the eighth and ninth W&M faculty members chosen.
Commencement 2013 photos
Historian Lu Ann Homza took five students to Pamplona, Spain over spring break to study handwritten manuscripts of court cases from the 1600s.
Since 2012, the Neurodiversity Working Group has been working to explore and celebrate the neurological differences in the College's population. Last year, a University Teaching Project grew out of the group, with the aim to focus on the classroom experience for students.
Archaeologist Ed Chappell has volunteered hundreds of hours helping to preserve the College's Ancient Campus.
College hosts Signature Conference of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, draws distinguished speakers and capacity crowds.
Little did Barry Martin realize that he was beginning a fourand- half decade friendship with “The Grand Doyenne” of American manuscript collecting. After taking over the firm her father founded in 1887, Mary A. Benjamin became legendary for her encyclopedic knowledge of history and photographic memory of handwriting. Her book, Autographs: A Key to Collecting (1946), was the Bible in the field.
This is a guest post by Sarah McLennan, a PhD candidate in the History Department at the College of William & Mary and a 2012-2013 W&M Lemon Project fellow.
Associate professor of History is the third W&M professor in the last seven years to win the Organization of American Historians' prestigious prize.
Professor Stephanie McCurry will talk about organizing research, thinking through arguments, and crafting the big book.
On Friday and Saturday, the Lemon Project hosted its third annual spring symposium, which was dedicated to Bob Engs' memory.
Organizations and departments across the William & Mary campus are hosting events in February in recognition of Black History Month.
The series is designed to illuminate the interconnected world of people and ideas influenced by Islam, defined as a cultural rather than a merely religious construct.
These lectures are part of a new China-related interdisciplinary lecture series primarily sponsored by the WM Confucius Institute
Atoms as Soft Power, A lecture by Professor Yuka Tsuchiya
Decentering the Nineteenth Century History of the Rio de la Plata