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The latest news and event releases from the Office of Media Relations.

  • Washington College’s Goldstein Series speaker on October 3 will discuss trends in the rise of electoral authoritarianism in East Africa.

  • Former Patrick Henry Writing Fellow Daniel Mark Epstein returns to Chestertown on October 4 to discuss his new book The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin’s House

  • Historian and author Craig Steven Wilder will speak on race, slavery, and the American university on September 28.

  • U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings for 2018 shows Washington College, among the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges, steadily moving up.

  • Washington College’s Board of Visitors and Governors adds three new members, from the classes of 2010 and 1986. 

  • The Goldstein Program in Public Affairs welcomes Orlando J. Pérez on Sept. 25 to discuss “The New Caudillos: Popular Support for Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Americas.”

  • The 11th Annual Cardboard Boat Race is set for Sept. 23, and the Center for Environment & Society is inviting everyone out for the party and to get to know the CES. 

  • Washington College will inaugurate President Kurt Landgraf on September 23 during Fall Family Weekend.

  • Washington College’s First-Year Book Program will feature Lauret Savoy, author of Trace, on September 21 for a college-wide discussion of her book.

  • Students foraged for meals and fermented foods as part of the permaculture pre-orientation trip, which focused on how to build ecological resilience within the modern human landscape.

  • Wishes Are Horses,” a one-person show by Julie Wills, assistant professor of studio art at Washington College, opens September 14 at the Kohl Gallery to lead off the gallery’s 2017-18 academic year.

  • Nathaniel Philbrick, the 2017 George Washington Prize winner for Valiant Ambition, will speak at Washington College on September 19.

  • Washington College’s waterfront sports teams, as well as faculty, staff, students, and community members, are getting a brand new venue with the Hodson Boathouse. Groundbreaking is set for September 13.

  • Three WC students spent the summer asking residents on some of the most vulnerable lands of Maryland’s Eastern Shore whether they were concerned about rising waters in their communities. They learned that words matter, and for many, risk is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Alisha Knight’s collaboration with the College’s GIS Lab created a digital humanities project—using Story Maps—that explores the history and breadth of one of the country’s earliest and most influential African American publishing companies.

  • The Sophie Kerr Lecture Series kicks off this fall with Maureen Corrigan of NPR’S Fresh Air at the Literary House on September 6.

  • Local leader T. Allan Stradley, who was a longtime supporter of Washington College, bequeaths $1.7 million to help local county students pay for tuition. 

  • Arne Sorenson, the President & CEO of Marriott International, will receive an honorary degree at Washington College’s Convocation on Sept. 7.

  • Washington College’s new waterfront academic building will be named for two environmental leaders at a Sept. 8 groundbreaking event.

  • Washington College’s innovative new Eastern Shore Food Lab will be based in the heart of Chestertown in a renovated restaurant space.

  • Adam Goodheart, director of the College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, has earned a National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award to research and write his next Civil War bestseller.
  • The Princeton Review ranks WC among the top twenty schools in the nation with the happiest undergraduates in its 2018 college guide released Aug. 1.

  • Through a new collaboration initiated by Julie Markin, assistant professor of anthropology, two students are helping preserve an important Native American site from the rising tides of the Chesapeake Bay, learning critical archaeological field skills along the way.


  • An anonymous couple who had been visiting Chestertown regularly for over 30 years has bequeathed more than $1 million to the College.


  • The collaborative research of Hannah O’Malley ’12 and biology Associate Professor Aaron Krochmal makes the cover of Animal Conservation.

  • Lorna J. Hunter, whose admissions experience ranges from the Ivies to state universities, will lead WC’s enrollment management team.
  • Working this summer as the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow in residence, Andrew Lawler is bringing a new perspective to studying the 430-year-old mystery of the Roanoke Colony.
  • At the Lit House’s third Summer Literary Salon on July 25, writers Elizabeth Hazen and Janine Joseph join local musician Sofia Ortiz.

  • Sponsored by the Starr Center and kicking off on June 22, the 2017 Riverfront Concert Series highlights America’s diverse musical heritage from traditional folk music to contemporary Latin-influenced guitar, to the enduring sounds of gospel music.
  • The President-elect previously served as CEO of Educational Testing Service and was a Senior Executive for DuPont.

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