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Visiting Scholars and Writers

Connect with the writers you study when they visit campus and join your class

 Scholars and Writers


Sophe Kerr Spring 2022

Living Writers: Journalism

  • Earl Swift. Environmental Journalism. February 24, 4.30 pm, Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts
    • Journalist Earl Swift, New York Times best-selling author of Chesapeake Requiem, discusses his in-depth reporting on the watermen of Tangier Island and the impact of climate change 
  • Community Journalism Panel. March 8, 10 am (Virtual)
  • Erika Hayasaki. Science Journalism. March 22, 4.30 pm.
    •  Erika Hayasaki, author of The Death Class: A True Story About Life and Associate Professor of Literary Journalism at UC Irvine, instructs students on the craft of making story out of science.
    • Register here for Zoom link or join us in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall for a watch party.
  • Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah. Narrative Journalism. April 21, 5 pm (Virtual). The Harwood Lecture, co-sponsored with the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience

Sophie Kerr Series Fall 2021



Past Sophie Kerr Events

A sampling of the many scholars and writers who have visited with our students at Washignton College just in the last few years:

  • 2020-2021
    • Sarah Manguso, Melissa Febos, Hanif Abdurraqib, Elaine Weiss, Casey Cep, Scott Newstok, Phil Brady, Tim Seibles, Rick Barot, Lily Hoang, Kathryn Nuernberger
  • 2019-2020
    • Rebecca Makkai, Jason Fagone, Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  • 2018-2019
    • Ericka Sánchez, Lucy Corin, Edward P. Jones, Lidia Yuknavitch, Rion Amilcar Scott, Gene Demby
  •  2017-2018
    • Maureen Corrigan, Craig Steven Wilder, Lia Purpura, Terence Hayes, Natalie Diaz, Kim Zarins, Phil Sickler
  • 2016-2017
    • Jericho Brown, Denise Duhamel, Cathy Linh Che, Timothy Donnelly, Phyllis Rackin
  • And going farther back in time
    • Maggie Nelson, Andrew Delbanco, Nick Flynn, Claudia Rankine, Mark Doty, Tim O'Brien, Colum McCann, Toni Morrison, Allen Ginsburg, Katherine Anne Porter....
    • Intrigued? See this comprehensive listing of Sophie Kerr Scholars and Writer who have come to Washington College through the years.