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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

Jean Wortman

Assistant Director

At the Starr Center, Jean Corrie Wortman coordinates summer internships for students, oversees students engaged with the community in public history projects, and teaches in the college’s first year seminar program. She brings to the Starr Center many years of experience in museum education and the public humanities. 

Prior to coming to Washington College, Wortman served as Program Officer at Maryland Humanities where she administered the major grant program, coordinated the Maryland Center for the Book, and developed public programs that used the humanities to spur reflection and civic dialogue on critical issues. In affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, Wortman led Maryland’s Museum on Main Street program, helping small museums build institutional capacity and develop as agents for community building.  Working in non-profit administration, she has designed and implemented a wide range of public humanities programs for diverse audiences. A college internship at Mystic Seaport Museum sparked an interest in maritime history; subsequently Wortman found her way to positions at some of the country’s leading maritime museums. She has a degree in American Studies from Lafayette College, an MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University.