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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to the American past and present. Through educational programs, scholarship and public outreach, and a special focus on written history, the Starr Center seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large.

Starr Center Stories

  • A Sept. 15 celebration honoring Flora Fraser, whose book about the relationship between George and Martha Washington won the 2016 George Washington Prize, will include colonial dancers, a book signing, and a talk about writing history.

  • Adam Goodheart, the director of the C.V. Starr Center at Washington College and a New York Times bestselling author, has been elected to the Society of American Historians.

  • As the Starr Center’s 2016 Hodson Trust - John Carter Brown Fellow, Georgetown University Professor Gretchen Henderson has been sifting through lives and afterlives to unearth the meaning and the music of The Bondwoman’s Narrative.

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    In a talk titled “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity.

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    Guests gather at Mount Vernon to celebrate the year’s best writing on the American Revolution and the Founding Era. Flora Fraser wins the 2016 George Washington Prize for her book

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  • The Starr Center awards internship grants each year to undergraduates to work in leading cultural and historical institutions.