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OAH Distinguished Lecturers are scholars and storytellers, uniquely qualified to bring historical context to some of today's most provocative issues. They engage audiences, sharing their insights and research on the defining moments and stories of our nation's past that influence and inform our world today.

The Distinguished Lectureship Program offers Virtual OAH Lectures (custom-recorded or live with Q&A) and traditional in-person OAH Distinguished Lectures.

We have always been impressed with the OAH speakers and their ability to interact with students, faculty, and the general public in their presentations as well as in Question and Answer sessions that follow.

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Wendy Warren

Wendy Warren is an associate professor at Princeton University. She specializes in the history of colonial North America and the early modern Atlantic World. She is particularly interested in the day-to-day practice of colonization, and in the negotiations and conflicts that exist between would-be rulers and the unruly. She joined the Princeton history department after holding a junior research fellowship at Christ Church College, Oxford University. Professor Warren's first book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (2016), described the lived experience of chattel bondage in seventeenth-century New England, illuminating the deadly symbiosis between slavery...
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Featured Lecture

New England Bound: Slavery and Colonialism in early America

This lecture explains how slavery was crucial to the building of all English colonial societies, even in the far-flung Puritan colonies of New England. By centering the lives of enslaved people who found themselves in the region alongside Pilgrims and Puritans, the lecture broadens our understanding of the lived experience of chattel slavery.

"Seventeenth-century New England had plantations -- they were simply off-shore."