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Fall 2014 Events
November 19“What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life,” a talk by Marc LeepsonWhat So Proudly We Hailed was published this year to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Key’s writing The Star-Spangled Banner. It’s the first biography of Francis Scott Key in more than seventy-five years.
November 11The Real War: WWII Multimedia PerformanceThe C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Washington College Premier Concert Series, the Department of Drama, and the Washington College Veterans Association celebrate Veterans Day with a free multimedia concert event featuring Trio Galilei.
November 9The Real War: WWII Film Festival - “Sahara” (1943)Film screening: 7:00 p.m., Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall
November 6George Washington Book Prize Celebration!
The College celebrates the winner of the 2014 Washington Book Prize with a day of activities that include a British-themed lunch, a musket salute, high tea, and an on-stage chat about the art of writing great history.
October 23“Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities in the War for Independence”A new book talk and signing by Washington College history professor Ken Miller.
October 19Film Screening: “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006)Film screening: Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
7:00 p.m., Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall
October 14A Life in Activism: Five Decades of Fighting for Human Rights, a talk by David MixnerAuthor, political strategist, civil rights activist and public affairs advisor David Mixner blogs on his passions: progressive politics, foreign policy, LGBT rights and wildlife advocacy.
October 5The Real War: WWII Film Festival - “Saving Private Ryan” (1998)Film screening: 7:00 p.m., Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall
October 1Exhibition opening - The Real War: World War II Veterans RememberThe opening event for a month-long gallery exhibition developed using oral histories of local WWII veterans collected over the past year by Washington College students.
October 1“They Have Seen War: Stories from World War II” a talk by Donald L. MillerDonald L. Miller is one of the nation’s leading historians of World War II. Part of the Starr Center’s special series, “The Real War: World War II Veterans Remember.”
September 18“Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor” a talk by Richard Beeman has been cancelled
THE RICHARD BEEMAN TALK HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED. WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE IT AT A LATER DATE.
September 15Comegys Bight Summer Internship Student Presentations #2
The Starr Center’s Comegys Bight Summer Fellowship recipients offer short presentations on their recent paid summer internships opportunities. Join us and learn more about these paid internship opportunities and how to apply. Open to all students! (The Egg at Hodson Hall, 5:30 p.m.)
September 11Comegys Bight Summer Internship Student Presentations #1On September 11th (Thurs.) and 15th (Mon.), the Starr Center’s Comegys Bight Summer Fellowship recipients will offer short presentations on their recent paid summer internships opportunities. Join us and learn more about these paid internship opportunities and how to apply. These two events are open to all students! (The Egg at Hodson Hall, 5:30 p.m. each night.)
September 4“‘At a Given Signal’: The Powhatan ‘Uprising’ of 1622” James Rice, Patrick Henry Fellow TalkNew Patrick Henry Fellow James Rice sheds light on the “Powhatan Uprising,” of 1622. Book signing to follow.
September 4Starr Center Fall Events ScheduleFall Calendar of Events
Summer 2014 Events
August 16Legacy Day in Chestertown
Kent County’s Legacy Day 2014: A Celebration of Community, History, and Culture
Kent County salutes Charlie Graves and his Uptown Club! There will be music playing, dancing in the streets, and plenty of swinging and swaying!
July 172014 Riverfront Concert Series: Victoria Vox & Katie ChambersThe C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience presents the 2014 Washington College Riverfront Concert Series on the Chester River. The series concludes on Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 P.M. with an eclectic and fun evening of ukelele and cello from Victoria Vox and Katie Chambers.
July 32014 Riverfront Concert Series: Them Eastport Oyster BoysThe C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience presents the 2014 Washington College Riverfront Concert Series on the Chester River. The series continues on Thursday, July 3 at 6:30 P.M. with a rollicking 4th of July weekend performance by Them Eastport Oyster Boys!
June 26StoryQuest: 2014 Summer Oral History Workshop - WWII Veterans of Kent County
A program to collect and preserve the firsthand interviews of America’s WWII wartime veterans. 4-weeks; Tuesdays-Wednesdays and Thursdays thru June 2014. (June 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26). Number of students: 3-6.
June 19The 2014 Riverfront Concert Series: The Bumper JacksonsThe C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience presents the 2014 Washington College Riverfront Concert Series on the Chester River. The music begins on Thursday, June 19 at 6:30 P.M. with a rollicking performance by The Bumper Jacksons.
Spring 2014 Events
May 2First Fridays at the Custom House
The Starr Center presents an American musical event for your enjoyment on the riverfront lawn at the Custom House in celebration of Chestertown First Fridays.
April 17Recipes for Change: Our Food, Our Future featuring “Growing Power’s” Will AllenGrowing Power promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times.
April 15Lonnie Bunch - Founding Director, The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and CultureAmerican educator and historian, Lonnie Bunch is a former director of the Chicago Historical Society and, currently, the founding director of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
April 8Northern Manufacturing, Southern Slavery: The Antebellum Origins of American Business Ethics
The Guy F. Goodfellow Memorial Lecture
Seth Rockman, Associate Professor of History, Brown University - Litrenta Lecture Hall, John S. Toll Science Center, Washington College
April 4Steel Drum Concert at the Custom House -Postponed-
CONCERT POSTPONED DUE TO IMPENDING STORMY WEATHER - to be rescheduled for a nicer day.
As part of the Chestertown First Fridays Celebration, the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Department of Music at Washington College present Steel Revolution, the college’s own steel pan ensemble.
April 1The Future of History: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Lisa FischerDirector of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Digital History Center visits Washington College.
March 29Recipes for Change: Our Food, Our Future - nutrition counselor Amy KalafaIn association with the 4th annual Locavore Lit Festival celebrating Washington College’s commitment to environmental sustainability by bringing food local authors to Chestertown, the Starr Center, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Department of Anthropology present nutritionist and filmmaker Amy Kalafa.
March 6Recipes for Change: Our Food, Our Future with “Kitchen Literacy” author Ann VileisisEnvironmental Historian and award-winning author
March 4Jonathan B. Jarvis - Director, National Park ServiceAs the 18th Director of the National Park Service (NPS), Jonathan B. Jarvis helms an agency that preserves and manages some of the most treasured landscapes and valued cultural icons in this nation.
February 27Mardi Gras Celebration with the Howlin’ Mudbugs!You’re invited to come dancin’ and carryin’ with the Howlin’ Mudbugs in a Louisiana-style celebration of the Mardi Gras season! Ahh Yee!
February 20Recipes for Change: Our Food, Our Future with the Smithsonian’s Briana PobinerHuman Origins Program Research Scientist and Museum Educator, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History explains “The Real Paleodiet: What Our Ancestors Ate and How We Know”
February 7Chestertown First Friday Event: Stories of Local African Americans, A Gallery Opening at RiverArtsAn exhibition of oral histories and photographs by Washington College students
Opening on Friday, February 7, 2014
RiverArts Studio Gallery, 315 High Street,
Suite 106, Chestertown, MD(410) 778-6300 - Reception 5-8 p.m.
January 30Bearded Ladies in “Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret”The Bearded Ladies are coming, and Chestertown may never be the same! Philadelphia theatre troupe The Bearded Ladies conducts a ten-day residency at Washington College, with three performances on January 30, 31 and February 1, 7:30 p.m. each night. Limited seating! For reservations call (410) 778-7835, email: email@example.com
Fall 2013 Events
November 21Human Trafficking Series - Asia Graves: A Survivor SpeaksIn 2012, President Barack Obama announced several new initiatives aimed at ending trafficking nationwide, including the first-ever assessment of the problem in this country and a $6 million grant to build solutions. USA Today
November 11Box Kite to Bali: The Last Great Adventure of a U.S. Navy PilotGwenann Manseau’s special Veteran’s Day talk with a book signing to follow.
October 22Human Trafficking: A Global and Local Challenge, a Public Conversation with Dr. Louise Shelley, Dr. Andrea Lange, Dr. Christine Wade, and senior Elizabeth HiltonSeries highlights issues of past and present-day human trafficking.
October 17First Person: Seeing America, a multimedia concert performance featuring Ensemble GalileiAs part of its 2013-2014 Premier Artist lineup, The Washington College Concert Series, together with the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience present First Person: Seeing America featuring Ensemble Galilei, two professional actors, and iconic photographs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Decker Theater.
October 142013 George Washington Book Prize CelebrationThe George Washington Book Prize recognizes the year’s best books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history.
October 7The Common Cause: Race, Nation, and the Consequences of Unity in the American Revolution, a talk by Dr. Robert ParkinsonShepherd University History Professor to discuss his revolutionary new book project!
October 1The Artistry of Afro-Cuban Bata Drumming: Aesthetics, transmission, Bonding, and CreativityWashington College music professor Dr. Kenneth Schweitzer will talk about and read from his new book followed by a musical performance with special guests D.C.-based percussionist Mark Merella and ethnomusicologist David Font.
September 24“From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family” a talk with James H. JohnstonHuman Trafficking Series Event #1 Cosponsored by the Department of History
September 20“Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life and Lost, 1934-1961,” Jonathan Segal on Paul HendricksonA 2013 Chestertown Book Festival Event
September 19Stephen Wade - The Beautiful Music All Around Us - A Free Concert and talk!As part of its 2013-2014 Premier Artists lineup, the Washington College Concert Series, together with the C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience, present a FREE Book Talk and Performance by author and musician Stephen Wade in Decker Theater.
September 12The Lightning and the Key: Thoughts on Poetry and History, a talk by Daniel Mark EpsteinAn introductory talk from the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience’s 2013-14 Patrick Henry Writing Fellow.
September 9The Long Road to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Revisited - A talk by historian Anthony CohenThe Department of History and the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience present a talk by historian, writer Anthony Cohen as he recalls his epic re-enactment of the Underground Railroad experience.
September 6First Friday at the Custom HouseA Monthly Celebration of our Culture and the American Experience
Summer 2013 Events
August 28The 50th Anniversary of the March on WashingtonPlease join us in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 2013 from 9am-3:30 PM in the Goose Nest located in Hodson Hall Commons. The Goose Nest will be showing live coverage of the events occurring in our nation’s capitol.
July 252013 Riverfront Concert Series“Celtic Fusion” comes to Washington College’s2013 Riverfront Concert Series: OCEAN Quartet
July 112013 Washington College Riverfront Concert SeriesTHIS THURSDAY, July 11, 6:30 PM The legendary Hula Monsters perform acoustic swing with a Hawaiian essence. Great music, free lemonade and cookies!