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Our 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 monumental moments and unknown stories from 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. 

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Featured Lecturer

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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

The Carceral Colony: Prisons and the Making of America

Prisons are understood to be a modern phenomenon, an improvement over colonial punishments like stoning and pressing and hanging and tongue-skewering. But prisons were, in fact, used as punishment in the colonial period, too. And they had the same problems then as they do now: racialized sentences, disproportionate burdens on the poor, and extra danger for female prisoners, etc. This lecture explains how prisons built the colonial state, and how that state is linked to today's carceral state.

"Prisons were part and parcel of the colonial process."