Neal Gabler is the 2013 Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at the Starr Center. Gabler is an author, cultural historian, screenwriter, producer, critic, and commentator who has been called “one of America’s most important public intellectuals.” From now until May, he is in residence in Chestertown with a writing and teaching fellowship at Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. Gabler has chronicled American politics and culture through the stories of extraordinary lives, writing prizewinning biographies of Walt Disney, Walter Winchell, and early Hollywood movie moguls. He has won many awards, including an Emmy, two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a frequent commentator on television and in the press. While in residence at the Starr Center, he will be working on a book about the late Senator Edward Kennedy and modern American politics. He is also teaching a semester-long course at Washington College, “The Art of Biography,” offered through the Department of English and the American Studies Program. Event video here.
The WAC Historical Society, Phi Alpha Theta, Art History Club, and International Relations Club hosted a 1940’s Blitz Ball! Students, faculty, and staff danced the fox trot, lindy hop, charleston, and some danced their own combination of dances all in the name of good historical fun. All proceeds went to the veterans.