Pitt to host Omohundro Institute conference, focusing on early North American history

Pitt will host and several Pitt professors will participate in the 25th annual Omohundro Institute conference, June 13 to 15 at the William Pitt Union.

The Omohundro Institute is an independent research organization sponsored by the College of William & Mary that focuses on the history and cultures of North America from circa 1450 to 1820 and includes related developments in Africa, the British Isles, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America.

The conference begins at 2 p.m. June 13 and concludes with a reception at the Andy Warhol Museum at 6:15 p.m. June 15. The registration cost is $100 for tenured or tenure-track faculty, $40 for public historians, independent scholars, instructors or emeritus faculty, and $35 for students or adjunct faculty.

There will be three events that are free and open to the public:

  • Screening of the documentary “Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels” and a Q&A with filmmakers Marcus Rediker, professor of history at Pitt, and Tony Buba of Braddock Films. 2-4:30 p.m. June 13, Room 837, William Pitt Union

  • “Archives, Early Americas, and The Common Wind: A Roundtable on the Work of Dr. Julius Scott.” Learn about the importance of African-American communication networks, particularly maritime ones, in the Colonial Americas. The panel is in honor of Julius Scott, University of Michigan, who will be in attendance and offer his own remarks. 4:30-6 p.m. June 14, William Pitt Union Assembly Room

  • “Defining the Local and the Global in Indian Country.” Join leading scholars in the field as they discuss Native American history and Native American perspectives on how the history of Colonial America is written. 4:30-6 p.m. June 15, William Pitt Union Assembly Room

Find a full schedule of the conference activities here.