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

  • Already accepted to medical school, Jason Mercando ’17 will spend the first half of summer participating in a new internship at the University of California, San Francisco, biochemistry lab of alumna Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu ’71.

  • A $1 million gift from trustee and investor-relations expert Rebecca Corbin Loree ’00 will give students new opportunities for launching career plans.

  • Phyllis Rackin, Shakespeare scholar and UPenn English professor emeritus, will close out this academic year’s Sophie Kerr Lecture Series with a talk on April 4 at the Rose O’ Neill Literary House.
  • Mary John Miller, the former Under Secretary for Domestic Finance for the U.S. Treasury, on April 5 will be the featured speaker for the George Washington Leadership Series and the Holstein Program in Ethics. 
  • Patrick Ginther ’17 finds questions, answers, and connections in the enormous and ever-changing puzzle that is the field of biochemistry. 

  • Combining her love of history and music, Heidi Butler ’18 will spend part of the summer studying how American hymns reflected the tumultuous times in America in and around the Civil War.

  • Featuring global and local artists and music, Washington College’s Spring Concert Series kicks off on March 24.

  • In a March 21 talk, Richard De Prospo re-examines how we interpret the most famous 17th-century account of a European colonist in Indian captivity.

  • The March 29 Goodfellow Lecture will examine colonial America through the unique perspective of German soldiers who fought for the British.
  • For her Senior Capstone Experience, Katie Gordon ’17 is using the physics of sound to analyze improvements to the acoustics of Decker Theatre.

  • Calling for civic engagement, public service, and finding common cause, Sen. Barbara Mikulski and news analyst Cokie Roberts pack the house for the inaugural event of Washington College’s Women’s Centennial Series.

  • In a gathering with community and College organizers of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street that is coming to Chestertown this spring, Lonnie Bunch praised participants for recognizing the power of work to bring people together and define our common past and present.


  • Japan’s leadership wants the country’s military to take a greater role in its global security, a goal in alignment with the new U.S. administration’s push for its allies to do more. Andrew Oros’ new book, Japan’s Security Renaissance, is perfectly timed to examine how this change is happening.
  • Kate Towson ’09 returns to campus to talk about her work in helping homeless women gain skills to transition back into the workforce.
  • Studying meteors on a chemical and isotope level is helping us learn more about the creation of the solar system. Myriam Telus explains how in a March 1 talk at Toll Science Center.
  • Seven books, and nine authors, are finalists for the annual $50,000 prize that recognizes the past year’s best-written works on the nation’s founding era.
  • A state program that targets higher education innovators in science and technical fields has, for the second time in as many years, granted Washington College nearly $1 million for a new endowed chair, this time for the Eastern Shore Food Lab.

  • Two renowned women of Washington, D.C., recently retired Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and news analyst and author Cokie Roberts, will visit Washington College on March 3 to kick off The Women’s Centennial, a new program that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
  • With his newly published translation of Argentinian author Pola Oloixarac’s first novel Savage Theories, Roy Kesey ’91 approaches the intricacies and challenges of the written word on a whole different level.

  • A new reading series at the Rose O’Neill Literary House kicks off this spring with four strong writers addressing topics from U.S.-Latin American relations to human rights.
  • Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory gets a $2,000 gift that harkens to the beginnings of bird banding in the region and Washington College’s past.

  • On Feb. 15-17, Washington College presents “The New Face of Farm to Table: Insects on the Menu” with documentary film screenings, cooking contests, and lectures from leaders in the field.
  • Martha Saxton, the Starr Center’s new Patrick Henry Fellow, explores Mary Ball Washington’s place in history at an event on February 9.

  • During Feb. 16 lecture, visiting scholar Michael McDonnell will present a new look at Colonial American history through the eyes of the Anishinaabeg tribe.
  • What happens when you spend your early childhood traveling the seas? For Kailani Clarke ’20, who lived with her family aboard a 45-foot sailboat for five years, cruising heightened her awareness of human impact on the natural world and helped inform her decision to live her life as an environmental advocate.

  • A panel of five international experts will discuss security challenges facing the U.S. and the world at a Feb. 7 Goldstein Program in Public Affairs event.

  • China Boak Terrell will speak on Feb. 1 about improving low-income, urban communities by connecting to the local food environment.

  • As GIS Manager for Licensing and Inspections for the City of Philadelphia, Andrew Newell ’10 is guiding Philly into a new era of structure modeling that can help make the city safer.


  • The founding director of the Smithsonian’s newest crown jewel—the National Museum of African American History & Culture—will visit Washington College as the nation’s oldest chartered college celebrates the birthday of its founding patron. 

  • The first exhibition of 2017 at the Kohl Gallery features multiple artists in varied media approaching issues and questions arisen during the recent presidential election cycle.

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