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Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

The Starr Center’s dynamic instructors bring a wealth of experience in conducting and sharing oral history interviews. They provide guidance and feedback as students explore new worlds and develop professional communication skills that take them beyond the campus and out into the larger community.

StoryQuest Instructors:

Patrick Nugent
Starr Center Deputy Director, Oral Historian

Patrick Nugent is a writer, educator, historical tour guide, and Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies. His research and teaching efforts investigate the intersections between place, race, and environment. At Washington College, he teaches environmental and cultural studies in addition to spearheading public history projects focused on the history of the Chesapeake Bay.

Erica A. Fugger
Oral Historian

Erica Fugger is Oral Historian to Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. She is currently helping develop training curriculum and community partnerships for StoryQuest Project, a nationwide initiative recording memories of World War II on the American home front. For five years, Erica worked and studied at Columbia University in various roles, spanning Collections Manager of the Columbia Center for Oral History Archives, Research Fellow on the Wake Up Oral History Project, and Project Coordinator to the Oral History MA program. Her research focus lies in examining the personal narratives underpinning peace activism and social movements. Erica has served as the Founding President of the Columbia Oral History Alumni Association and on the organizing team for the Oral History Association Mentorship Program. She recently co-chaired the 2017 Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region conference, Oral History & The City, in New York. In her spare time, Erica offers interview workshops and project consultations to groups around the globe. 

Michael Buckley
Oral History Instructor

Michael Buckley is an accomplished program/arts administrator, journalist and radio documentarian. For the past 20 years, he has hosted a weekly radio program on 103.1 WRNR-FM Annapolis. His show includes a widely acclaimed oral history interview series, “Voices of the Chesapeake Bay.” For this series, Buckley has crisscrossed the six-state, 64,000 sq. mile Chesapeake Bay watershed, interviewing over 500 of its residents: farmers, Native Americans, watermen, writers, politicians, and many others. Buckley’s interviews have been collected in a boxed set of CDs, a CD of Songs of the Chesapeake Bay, and a book, Voices of the Chesapeake Bay (Schiffer Publishing). At Washington College, Buckley has developed and teaches the ongoing C.V. Starr Center StoryQuest Oral History Workshop.

Lani Hall Seikaly
Oral History Instructor

A president of Chestertown RiverArts, Seikaly has been involved in the administration, communications, and program development of this new community arts center.  She has curated several oral history exhibitions for RiverArts, Washington College and the Kent County Historical Society.  Seikaly has extensive experience in school improvement planning, web-based professional development and data tools, school-based administration, leadership training and technical assistance to low performing schools.  Formerly, she was the director of the Department of Instructional and Information Technology, a middle school principal and vice principal, a coordinator of a Computer/Math/Science Magnet Program, a media specialist, and an English teacher.