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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to the American past and present. Through educational programs, scholarship and public outreach, and a special focus on written history, the Starr Center seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large.

Starr Center Stories

  • The tragic story of Rosemary Kennedy—intellectually challenged and hidden by her famous family—is the subject of Kate Clifford Larson’s book and talk on April 6.

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    Lin-Manuel Miranda, the playwright, lyricist, composer, and star of the groundbreaking hit musical  Hamilton  is honored with the Washington Prize Special Achievement Award. 

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    In a talk titled “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity—and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation...

  • The Starr Center awards internship grants each year to undergraduates to work in leading cultural and historical institutions.