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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

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    Nick Bunker’s financially astute countdown to the American Revolution portrays vividly the economic stresses and  political mistakes that brought England to war with her colonies. 

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    WC’s Adam Goodheart has penned a poignant cover story for the April issue of National Geographic, merging the sad history of how Americans mourned Lincoln’s death with diverse views about his legacy today. On April 13 he will join another historian for an on-stage conversation about how the nation mourned Lincoln’s death 150 years ago.

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    The political advisor known as a fearless advocate for LGBT equality and other civil rights is also a gifted writer and story teller with plenty of stories to tell. He received an honorary degree at the May 16 graduation ceremony.

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    Ian Flinn ’16 demonstrates magic and discusses its history in a talk sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Gibson-Wagner Psychology Department Fund.