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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

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    During afternoon tea at the Custom House, Flora Fraser shares tips on writing in history with Washington College students. Fraser won the 2016 George Washington Prize.

  • 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.

  • In this four-part series sponsored by the Starr Center and the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, political experts and thinkers will address racial, generation, and religious changes in the electorate, the role of women voters, the role of the media, and the use and effects of political theater.

  • 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.

  • LGBT activist Frank Kameny is the subject of a Sept. 20 talk by Washington College visiting Patrick Henry Fellow David Carter, who is writing a biography on Kameny and his influence on the LGBT civil rights movement.

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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.