In an illustrated talk, historian Peter H. Wood used Winslow Homer’s 1866 painting, Near Andersonville—one of the artist’s most striking, yet least-known works – to discuss the tumultuous final two years of the American Civil War.An emeritus Professor of History at Duke University, Wood was in residence at Washington College from April 23-30 as the Starr Center’s 2011 Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellow. He is the author/editor of six books, including Black Majority (Knopf, 1974), which set the stage for a new generation of scholarship on American slavery.
Students in the American Studies course “Four American Lives: Lincoln, Whitman, Douglas, Homer” took a road trip to Washington, D.C. - and to the Civil War era. After studying the final days of Lincoln’s life and the life of Frederick Douglass as a slave at the Wye House on previous trips, this trip was focused on Frederick Douglass in his later years and Winslow Homer. Students were lucky enough to be joined by Dr. Peter Wood, author of Near Andersonville and Winslow Homer historian, as well as Dr. Eleanor Harvey, chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Students visited the Frederick Douglass house on the outskirts of Washington D.C and then visited the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Gallery of Art.
September 13-14, 2009: The Chesapeake Semester has begun its maiden voyage. Moving in a clockwise direction around the Bay, students have started exploring the Chesapeake Bay watershed, analyzing landscapes, waterscapes, local history, and unique ecosystems as they begin to develop a sense of place. For the first leg of the journey, the group overnighted in Cape Charles to rise early following day to explore the geomorphology of nearby Mockhorn Island, one of the oldest Atlantic coastal islands, with archaeologist Darrin Lowery.