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Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience explores the American experience in all its diversity and complexity, seeks creative approaches to illuminating the past, and inspires thoughtful conversation informed by history. 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

  • Erica Dunbar will visit WC on Feb. 27 as part of the Goodfellow Lecture Series.

    Never Caught, the story of one slave’s struggle for freedom from George Washington, is the topic of the Feb. 27 Goodfellow Lecture at WC.

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    PHOTO GALLERY Former Patrick Henry Fellow Daniel Mark Epstein returns to Washington Collage to celebrate the publication of his new book.

  • Andrew Darlington ’19 presented a talk at the AHA conference about his experience with the Starr Center's Story...

    What happens when a group of inquisitive young scholars encounters the most prestigious gathering of historians in the country?

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    PHOTO GALLERY Acclaimed historian Nathaniel Philbrick visits Washington College, meeting with students, faculty and community members. Philbrick’s Valiant Ambition won the 2017 Washington Prize.

  • Frederick Douglass

    Washington College celebrates the legacy of the Maryland-born human rights activist and the bicentennial of his birth, Feb. 23, 2018.

  • Adam Goodheart at work in the Library of Congress on his new book, 1865: The Rebirth of a Nation.

    Adam Goodheart, director of the College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, has earned a National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award to research and write his next Civil War bestseller.