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Study of the American Experience

  • July 8
    With an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an $89,000 grant from Maryland, and a $100,000 private donation, Chesapeake Heartland, an innovative public history project led by the Starr Center in collaboration with community partners and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is gaining rapid momentum.
  • May 24
    05/24/19 The Star Democrat

    Adam Goodheart, Director of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, is interviewed about the Maryland 400 for the Easton Star Democrat’s lead story for its Memorial Day issue. Goodheart says the Finding the Maryland 400 Project is starting to bring long-neglected light to the story of Marylanders who turned the tide at a key point in the American Revolution at the Battle of Brooklyn.

  • April 19
    From among a statewide field of nearly 700 artists, the Maryland State Arts Council has conferred Individual Artist Awards for 2019 to three from WC working in creative nonfiction, works on paper, and media.
  • March 20

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we pay tribute to a former biology professor who pioneered freshwater ecology. We asked student historian Andrew Darlington ’19 to investigate the WC teacher and environmental groundbreaker Kathleen Carpenter.

  • March 14

    Birch Bayh, a Senior Fellow at the Starr Center, an American hero of historic stature, and an extraordinary mentor and friend to many Washington College students, faculty, and staff, died in the early morning hours of March 14.

  • March 5

    With scholarship funding from Pi Delta Phi, the national French honor society, Maria Betancur Cardona ’20 has been selected to study at the American University in Paris this summer.

  • February 25
    02/18/19 The Chestertown Spy

    Adam Goodheart, Director of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, is interviewed in this video by The Chestertown Spy about the deeper history of the founding of Washington College, placing it in context at the time of its founding right after the American Revolution.

  • January 23

    David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, will speak at Washington College on February 7.

  • January 16
    01/11/19: WAVY

    Adam Goodheart, Director of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening, is interviewed by WAVY in Hampton, Virginia, about the historic significance of Fort Monroe. Goodheart says the fort may be called “the Ellis Island for African Americans,” because of the thousands of slaves who escaped to the Union-held fort during the Civil War.

  • December 10
    12/09/18 The South China Morning Post

    The South China Morning Post writes a story about John Allen Chau, the young evangelist who illegally traveled to North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal and was killed by the island’s isolated native people. It quotes Adam Goodheart, Director of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, who had previously traveled to the island and wrote an historical account of the islanders. The story was picked up worldwide by news outlets including the BBC Brazil, The Daily Mail, MSN Latino, and La Prensa.

  • October 30

    Former Starr Center Fellow Wil Haygood returns to WC on Nov. 15 to speak on his stirring new book Tigerland, 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing.

  • October 9

    2018 George Washington Prize winner Kevin Hayes will discusses George Washington: A Life in Books and the craft of narrative writing at Washington College on Oct. 23.

  • September 24

    Andrew Lawler, a former Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Starr Center writing fellow, returns to WC on Oct. 4 to talk about his book The Secret Token, a new examination on the search for the lost colony of Roanoke.  

  • September 13

    Alexandra Cox, a juvenile justice scholar, on Sept. 27 will visit WC to discuss the consequences of confinement for young people who are incarcerated.

  • September 7

    Landing a job at National Geographic even before she had graduated, Rachel Brown ’16 hit the ground learning and hasn’t slowed down yet.

  • August 29
    The Starr Center’s freshman Orientation Explore trip introduced ten intrepid young mariners to the history and lore of the Chesapeake.
  • August 24

    Historian and author Robert Parkinson, an expert on race and war in Colonial America, will discuss the topic of his research-in-progress, America’s “Heart of Darkness” and the pivotal Yellow Creek Massacre of 1774, on Sept. 13

  • August 3
    As an intern at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Paris Young ’21 is helping develop an innovative project that will digitize and preserve African American history.
  • August 1

    In residence at the Starr Center as the 2018-19 Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow, writer Cam Terwilliger is finishing his first historical novel exploring the clash of cultures in 18th-Century America on the edge of the western wilderness.  

  • August 1
    The College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience hosted its first summer conference for high school students in mid-July.