Summer Conferences

 

The students might have gone home, but summers at Washington College are anything but slow. WC stays hard at work putting together programs for high school students like you. With programs for those interested in history, the environment, creative writing, politics and religion, and food anthropology, there is something fascinating and fun for everyone! 

Young Environmental Stewards’ Conference

July 16-19, 2019

THE CONFERENCE

Students standing at the edge of the Chester River with paddles in hand.The Center for Environment & Society (CES) is excited to offer our annual summer conference for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. This four-day conference will introduce you to Chesapeake Bay Watershed and include kayaking, wildlife habitat research, marine research, and more.

The Chester River is one of Chestertown’s most important resources, and one of the things that makes Washington College truly unique. This river is a tributary of our beloved Chesapeake Bay, North America’s largest estuary. At the Young Environmental Stewards Conference, you will have the opportunity to get out on the river with other like-minded students and explore the local environment.

Fees and Deadlines 

Program Fee (includes room and board): $700 – scholarships available, more information provided in application

May 1: Application Submission Deadline
May 15: Conference Attendance Notification Deadline

For questions regarding cost and registration, please contact Madeline Martin at mmartin2@washcoll.edu

To submit an application to attend the conference, please visit
washcoll.edu/registerYESC

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Young Historians’ Conference

History Off the Page: Making the Past Present
July 16-19, 2019

Students taking a tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.The Young Historians’ Conference gives high school students a backstage look into the many ways we make history - and a chance to find out how they can do it too! This year’s theme, History Off the Page: Making the Past Present, is an introduction to the many ways there are to investigate history beyond the printed word. (But don’t get us wrong — we still love books, too!) Together with WC’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, you’ll do hands-on work with original archival documents, conduct oral history interviews, explore historic buildings and neighborhoods, view the Chesapeake landscape from the deck of a boat, and even travel to Washington, D.C. for a behind-the-scenes tour with curators at the Smithsonian and a special visit to the Library of Congress. 

You’ll have a unique opportunity to learn from Washington College faculty mentors and established authors, as well as history undergrads following their intellectual passions on an array of historical topics.  Throughout the program, you’ll be living on the campus of the first American college established after the Revolutionary War, under the personal patronage of George Washington himself.

Fees and Deadlines

Program Fee (includes room and board): $700 – scholarships available, more information provided in application

May 1: Application Submission Deadline
May 15: Conference Attendance Notification Deadline

For questions regarding cost and registration, please contact Madeline Martin at mmartin2@washcoll.edu

To submit an application to attend the conference, please visit 
washcoll.edu/registerYHC

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Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference

July 17-20, 2019

Students posing at the young writers' conference.Home to the famous Sophie Kerr Prize (the largest undergraduate writing prize in the country), Washington College has made a name for itself as a school for writers, a place where aspiring poets, novelists, and memoirists can study with prize-winning authors to hone their craft. At the Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference, high school students experience the literary community that Washington College has to offer and discover the many opportunities available to undergraduates: internships and funding grants in publishing, writing, and editing; a host of student-run publications; and the chance to serve as editorial screeners on Cherry Tree, Washington College’s national literary journal.

At the Young Writers’ Conference, students take intensive creative writing workshops in a choice of three genres (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction). They discuss literature at the college level with current English Literature faculty. They attend craft panels and participate in open mics. And we have an option to take a class in how to draft effective college admissions statements.  

In between events, we have built-in writing time so that students are sure to leave the Conference feeling inspired and accomplished.

Fees and Deadlines

Program Fee (includes room and board): Early Bird fee of $600 until April 5

$700 after April 5 with optional $50 workshop – scholarships available, more information provided in application

June 15: Application Submission Deadline 

For questions regarding cost and registration, please contact Lindsay Lusby at llusby2@washcoll.edu

To submit an application to attend the conference, please visit 
washcoll.edu/registerCTYWC

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Fermentation Nation Conference

Finding Food Fit for Humans
July 16-19, 2019

Students learning to forage food with Washington College Professor Bill Schindler.How can we optimize health and restore our environment? Join the Eastern Shore Food Lab at Washington College in our journey to answer this question as we fuse ancient food wisdom with modern culinary arts.

Many of our most nutritious foods are fermented and pizza is no exception. Over the course of four days, you will learn how to make wild-yeasted crusts topped with cured meats, hand-stretched mozzarella cheeses, and forage for nutrient-dense wild greens. You’ll cook your creation in a wood-fired oven — only after splitting the wood to fuel the fire! Not only will you enjoy the best pizza of your life but you will have made every part of it yourself — entirely from scratch! 

You’ll deepen your expertise with fermentation and take home your own kimchi, kombucha, and kefir. And you’ll have the empowering experience of learning how to identify wild edible plants and patterns that reveal our place in the natural world.

Rethink what you know about food. Gain skills to last a lifetime. And reconnect with what it means to be human.

 Fees and Deadlines

 Program Fee (includes room and board): $700 – scholarships available, more information provided in application

May 1: Application Submission Deadline
May 15: Conference Attendance Notification Deadline

For questions regarding cost and registration, please contact Madeline Martin at mmartin2@washcoll.edu

To submit an application to attend the conference, please visit 
washcoll.edu/registerESFL

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The Young Thinkers’ Summer Conference

July 16-19, 2019

Capitol Hill Building closeup shot, Washington DC.The Young Thinkers’ Summer Conference at Washington College gives rising high school seniors a glimpse into life at Washington College and the Institute of Religion, Politics and Culture. It provides students with the opportunity to be truly immersed in an exciting academic environment that takes advantage of its proximity to some of the most politically and culturally significant places in the country.

Come and take a deep dive into what religion and politics means to the United States and the world. Travel to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia to learn more about how our culture has been shaped by religion and politics, and get the chance to meet with leaders — from elected representatives to community business leaders and members of leading think tanks to discuss the most challenging problems and questions of our time. 

The Institute

The Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture (IRPC)’s mission is to provide research, education and open exploration into the religious, cultural and political foundations of society. IRPC provides student support, organizes lectures and events with world-renowned speakers, leads research and focused reading groups, offers courses, and sponsors international academic programs for Washington College students, including at the University of Oxford, in Rome, in Israel, and across Western and Eastern Europe.  

Fees and Deadlines

Program Fee (includes room and board): $700 – scholarships available, more information provided in application.

May 1: Application Submission Deadline
May 15: Conference Attendance Notification Deadline

For questions regarding cost and registration, please contact Madeline Martin at mmartin2@washcoll.edu

To submit an application to attend the conference, please visit 
washcoll.edu/registerYTC