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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Student Opportunities

Chestertown, the Chesapeake Bay region, and Washington College offer unique opportunities for students who love American history. History comes alive here along the roads and waterways once traveled by colonists and Civil War soldiers, Native American hunters and fugitive slaves. Yet this area is only a short trip from the world-famous cultural sites and vibrant urban life of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and other classic American cities.


imageIn addition to its many public lectures and special events, the C.V. Starr Center offers an array of opportunities specially geared toward students at Washington College. Special events and free weekend “road trips” to historic sites around the region draw participants from many different academic departments, and bolster the College’s traditional strengths in history, American studies, art, political science, and related fields.

Competitive fellowship programs have awarded students thousands of dollars in grant money for independent research, travel, and writing on topics from the writings of H.L. Mencken, to a vanished 18th-century settlement, to an oral history of racial integration in the local public schools.

Senator Birch Bayh has offered the Senatorial Colloquy on American History and Politics four times: spring 2011, fall 2009, fall 2007, and spring 2006.

The Starr Center also serves as a portal to a world of opportunities beyond Washington College – from voyages aboard Chestertown’s 1768 Schooner Sultana to internships and fellowships at places like the Smithsonian Institution, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and elsewhere. (Click on History On the Water photos at right to re-live the Sultana journey.)