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Study of the American Experience

  • 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.
  • July 13

    Through the Starr Center’s Explore America Summer Internship program, history major Sara Underwood ’19 is working as a curatorial and collections management intern at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

  • 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?