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The latest news and event releases from the Office of Media Relations.

  • The Riverfront Concert Series returns to Chestertown just in time for summer.

  • Washington College’s new academic building will be named for alumni Barbara and George Cromwell.
  • In her latest book Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right, political science Professor Melissa Deckman examines how and why women have emerged as political leaders in the Tea Party and how they continue to influence American politics.

  • Flora Fraser, whose book The Washingtons offers a rare and comprehensive view of Martha Washington and the relationship between the nation’s inaugural first couple, wins the $50,000 George Washington Prize.
  • Poet Darrel Alejandro Holnes will spend the month of June at Washington College after earning the 2016 Cave Canem Residency at the Rose O’ Neill Literary House

  • Commencement keynote speaker David Rubenstein urges graduates to make the country of George Washington’s dreams a reality. “Make your children and your parents proud of what you have done.”

  • Reilly D. Cox, a double major in English and theatre with a minor in creative writing, wins the 2016 Sophie Kerr Prize. At $65,770, the Sophie Kerr Prize is the largest undergraduate literary award in the country.
  • Five Washington College seniors have been named finalists for the 2016 Sophie Kerr Prize, with writing that pushed traditional boundaries. On Friday, May 20, one will take home the $65,770 award, the largest undergraduate literary prize in the U.S.
  • Christopher Jackson, the Tony-nominated George Washington of the Broadway hit musical Hamilton, will join commencement speaker David Rubenstein and author Joseph Ellis on May 21.
  • The Rose O’ Neill Literary House’s first Summer Literary Salon on May 24 features poets Joseph Harrison and Tess Taylor, plus new local band Twice the Other.

  • Sumner Hall and Washington College’s Starr Center are partnering to bring the Smithsonian exhibition The Way We Worked to Chestertown in 2017.

  • For the fourth year, Chestertown residents and Washington College welcome musicians from across the country for the National Music Festival in June.
  • At a roundtable on college affordability, WC President Sheila Bair joined Maryland Senator Ben Cardin and leaders from the Eastern Shore’s institutions of higher education to examine how to make college accessible and affordable for all Marylanders, and all Americans.

  • If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play steel drums, now’s your chance with Washington College’s community steel drum band.
  • The Senior Capstone Experience projects of seven students majoring in studio art and art history are featured in this exhibit at the Kohl Gallery. The opening reception is April 29.
  • Grammy-nominated Jenny Oaks Baker, known as “America’s Violinist,” will perform on campus on May 3.
  • The 3rd Annual Jason Rubin Film Festival on April 30 features Cabaret (sex), Reefer Madness (drugs), and Jason Rubin himself.
  • Using a provocative combination of literature and imagery, Washington College students and associate professor of English Alisha Knight invite the public to Sumner Hall to consider contemporary stereotypes of black men and how literature and images either undermine or perpetuate those stereotypes.

  • Writer and journalist Noo Saro-Wiwa will discuss her native Nigeria through the lens of her relationship with her activist father, who was executed when she was 19 years old. 

  • Jasper Fforde, whose comedy/fantasy novel The Eyre Affair is a New York Times bestseller, will visit Washington College April 27-May 1.

  • Funded entirely by donations, and unprecedented in higher education, the new program will reduce qualified graduating seniors’ total federal debt load by 10.2 percent.
  • Traveling to Rome to participate in Harvard’s World Model United Nations, Washington College’s Model UN team wins two Best Delegate awards while reveling in the cultural smorgasbord.

  • Traveling on the Cuba Experience class over winter break, Rachel Brown ’16 used a Cater Society grant to develop a unique project with the help of three local Havana women.

  • The Irish trio Open the Door for Three is next up in Washington College’s Premiere Artist Series, performing on April 21 in Decker Theatre.

  • Olusegun Adeaga, a Nigerian hydrographer and geologist, will be on campus April 19 to discuss how GIS is being used to help planners in Lagos, Nigeria, prevent the city’s flood drainage systems from being overwhelmed by a booming population.
  • Earth Day has never been sweeter at Washington College’s Custom House, where the film More Than Honey will be shown under the stars, and Charm City Meadworks will offer samples of their honey-based wares.

  • In Part Two of “Beeing Up Close,” biologist Sam Droege will discuss ways to support a healthy pollinator population during his lecture on April 19.
  • Historian Kathleen DuVal, whose latest book—a finalist for the George Washington Prize—explores the American Revolution through the voices of those on the edges of colonial society, will lead the Goodfellow Lecture on April 14.
  • The Bearded Ladies are back, and this time, they’re going nuclear!
  • Fútbol—soccer, that is, in American vernacular—is only one part of this annual event that gives local families and kids a chance to play, read, talk in English and Spanish, and get to know Washington College students and faculty.

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