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Study of the American Experience

  • April 30
    Lending fresh insight into the bookish mind of our founding father, author Kevin J. Hayes has won the 2018 George Washington Prize for his work George Washington: A Life in Books.

  • March 27

    Washington College and the Chestertown community will remember Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination with a series of events April 3-6 honoring his life and legacy.

  • March 7

    MSNBC news producer and acclaimed author Jack Bohrer ’06 returns to Washington College on March 20 to discuss his new book on Robert F. Kennedy.

  • February 19

    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.

  • February 15
    Seven authors have been chosen as finalists for the 2018 George Washington Prize, for books ranging in topic from the Burr conspiracy to Patrick Henry, from the power of objects to the Boston Massacre.
  • February 9
    What happens when a group of inquisitive young scholars encounters the most prestigious gathering of historians in the country?
  • January 22

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

  • October 9

    Wil Haygood, the 2017-18 Patrick Henry Writing Fellow, will talk about his new book, Tigerland: The Miracle on East Broad Street on Oct. 18.

  • September 18

    Former Patrick Henry Writing Fellow Daniel Mark Epstein returns to Chestertown on October 4 to discuss his new book The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin’s House

  • September 12

    Historian and author Craig Steven Wilder will speak on race, slavery, and the American university on September 28.

  • August 29

    Nathaniel Philbrick, the 2017 George Washington Prize winner for Valiant Ambition, will speak at Washington College on September 19.

  • August 17
    Adam Goodheart, Starr Center Director, takes a step back from the horror of events in Charlottesville, Virginia, to provide perspective in this Politico essay about the dismantling of Confederate statues in Baltimore and other cities.
  • August 8
    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.
  • August 3
    Through the Starr Center’s Explore America summer internship program, Patrick Jackson ’19 is working at the National American History Museum in the Photographic History Collection in Washington, D.C.
  • August 1

    Through the Starr Center’s Explore America summer internship program, art and art history major Anna Zastrow ’17 is working at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in Suitland, Maryland.


  • July 24

    Through the Starr Center’s Explore America summer internship program, junior Madi Shenk is working at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

  • July 12
    Working this summer as the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow in residence, Andrew Lawler is bringing a new perspective to studying the 430-year-old mystery of the Roanoke Colony.
  • June 12
    Sponsored by the Starr Center and concluding on Thursday, July 20, the 2017 Riverfront Concert Series highlights America’s diverse musical heritage from traditional folk music to contemporary Latin-influenced guitar, to the enduring sounds of gospel music.
  • April 25
    Best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick wins the 2017 George Washington Prize for his story of the complex relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.
  • April 18

    History major Faith Stahl ’19 took first place in stiff competition for a $25,000 scholarship from the Saint Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia to study in Scotland.