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The media turns to our faculty experts to enhance coverage of a wide range of topics, from international security and economic policy to American history and politics. 

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  • 04/18/18 The Chestertown Spy
    The Chestertown Spy covers the events of the first Community Unity in Chestertown, which the College’s Elena Deanda, Associate Professor of Spanish, helped organize along with community groups. Several WC organizations took part, including WAC Caring for Kids, the German club, the Latin American Student Association, and the Student Environmental Alliance as well as Admissions, Human Resources, the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the GIS Lab, and Miller Library.
  • 04/06/18 World Politics Review

    In her latest column in World Politics Review, Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, discusses the recent presidential election in Costa Rica and the win of Carlos Alvarado Quesada, a novelist and former labor minister from the center-left Citizens’ Action Party, who defied the pre-election predictions to soundly defeat Fabricio Alvarado Munoz, an evangelical singer and pastor, by more than 20 points.

  • 04/06/18 Delmarva Now

    Whether or not Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., can continue to hold onto his seat in the upcoming mid-term elections is the subject of this story in Delmarva Now. Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, says that while there’s every chance the Democrats may take back the House of Representatives in the fall, she doubts that Harris will lose his seat, noting that the Democrats did themselves no favors when they gerrymandered GOP voters into the Eastern Shore.

  • 04/04/18 MyEasternShore.com

    The Kent County News and MyEasternShore.com write about United Way of Kent County honoring Washington College as its Business Partner of the Year. The story quotes College President Kurt Landgraf that although the money that the College raises for UWKC is important, what is more important is caring about others.

  • 03/27/18 MyEasternShore.com

    The College’s panel “Women on Fire: How Trump and the #MeToo Movement Are Shaping the 2018 Elections,” is the subject of this story in MyEasternShore.com and the Kent County News. Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, moderated the panel discussion among top women political leaders and observers, including Washington Post reporter Vanessa Williams, Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajaj, and Rutgers University political science professor Kelly Dittmar.

  • 03/20/18 The Virginia Gazette

    Washington College’s pilot program with Colonial Williamsburg—a weeklong immersion into the material dimensions of the American Revolution—is featured in this story in the Virginia Gazette. The story quotes John Seidel, Director of the Center for Environment & Society and Associate Professor of Anthropology, describing about how the collaborative course over spring break gives students a deeper, hands-on context about how making and using tools of the time affected history and culture.

  • 06/16/18 PRI

    How are young, conservative women finding their way in the current political climate and era of #MeToo? That’s the focus of this story on PRI (Public Radio International), in which Melissa Deckman, Professor and Chair of Political Science, discusses how conservative women, the GOP, and feminism.

  • 03/13/18 World Politics Review

    In her latest column in World Politics Review, Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, examines the recent legislative and municipal elections in El Salvador, whose results reveal voters’ frustration with “politics as usual.”

  • 03/07/18 The Washington Post

    The Washington Post writes about new rules for the Maryland Democratic primary in June that should increase the number of women in central committees. In the story, Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, says that as gatekeepers, the central committees are a key to encouraging more women to run for office, and this change ultimately should help more women enter the arena. Presently, Maryland has no women in its congressional delegation.

  • 03/05/18 The Washington Post

    The growing political power and influence of women—particularly young women—is the topic of this analysis by Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, in The Washington Post’s “Moneky Cage.” Deckman parses the results of a new poll that shows how young women are becoming more politically active than their male peers and may have a powerful influence in the 2018 elections.

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  • 04/11/18 RTE “Big Week on the Farm”

    Bill Schindler, Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab and Associate Professor of Anthropology, is featured on RTE’s “Big Week on the Farm,” discussing his take on the latest in the “test-tube hamburger.” This line of research uses stem cells from an animal’s muscle tissue to “grow” meat in a laboratory. Some see this research as a more sustainable and ethical way to produce enough meat for the growing human population. 

  • 04/11/18 RTE’s “Big Week on the Farm”
    Bill Schindler, Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab and Associate Professor of Anthropology, is featured in this segment of RTE’s “Big Week on the Farm.” He explains the most nutrient-dense parts of an animal—such as the brains, liver, and even intestines—as well as how often those are thrown away, and how a nose-to-tail approach to eating an animal is more ethical as well as better for your health. 

  • 03/08/18 RTE What Are You Eating?

    Bill Schindler, Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab and Associate Professor of Anthropology, is interviewed by host Philip Boucher-Hayes on this segment of RTE’s “What Are You Eating?” about whether humans are meant to eat meat, and how humans first began to hunt for meat instead of scavenging. Filmed in Ireland’s Wicklow Woods, the segment includes Mike Whisenant ’16, now studying for his master’s in experimental archaeology at University College Dublin, and Maggie Kobik ’11, who just finished her master’s degree at UCD, helping butcher a deer with stone tools.

  • March 10: The Chestertown Spy

    John Thomas, lecturer in music, is interviewed by The Chestertown Spy about his work as the program manager at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, in particular about the revival of chamber music in a 21st-century form. He discusses the music and work of young artists who are bringing new perspectives to musical forms of the classical world and making it much more accessible and appealing to people.

  • 02/28/18 WBAL-TV

    Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, is interviewed on WBAL-TV Baltimore about the role of women in Maryland’s upcoming gubernatorial election. Of the nine Democratic candidates, seven have chosen women as running mates, which Deckman believes is a direct result of the national trends of #MeToo and the women’s march and is further evidence of candidates’ acknowledgement of the increasingly powerful of the female vote.

  • 10/23/17 the Chestertown Spy

    Heather Harvey, associate professor of art and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, is interviewed in The Chestertown Spy about her collaboration with fellow artist Elizabeth Casqueiro to create The Davis Arts Center in Easton, a permanent space for working artists in a former industrial building.

  • 09/27/17 Washington Ideas

    Bill Schindler, associate professor of anthropology and director of the new Eastern Shore Food Lab, is interviewed about his teaching of primitive technologies by Ross Andersen, senior editor at The Atlantic, at Washington Ideas. Sponsored by The Atlantic, the annual three-day event brings the nation’s leaders in politics, education, science, business, and health for interviews and conversation.

  • 07/17/17: The Chestertown Spy interviewed President Kurt Landgraf last week for well over half an hour. Here’s a six-minute excerpt of that conversation, along with a brief introductory news article.
  • 06/01/17 The New York Times
    College President Sheila Bair is a featured speaker at the New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum, and in this interview with moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin.
  • 05/25/17 WUSA Channel 9

    Anthropology Professor Bill Schindler and his students show WUSA-Channel 9 reporter Bruce Leshan why it’s important to understand how primitive technologies can help us tackle the challenges of being human today, especially when it comes to food. In this feature story, Schindler and students take Leshan foraging, show him how to make a stone tool, and start a fire using a bow drill.

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  • 04/19/18 WYPR “Roughly Speaking”

    Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, is interviewed on WYPR’s “Roughly Speaking” with Dan Rodricks, about how and why a majority of white evangelical Christians has continued to maintain and even grow its support for President Donald Trump, despite the revelations about Trump’s alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels, questions about his business dealings, and doubts about his moral compass.

  • 03/01/18 Maryland News Network

    The lack of women in Maryland’s congressional seats is the topic of this talk by Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, on the Maryland News Network. At the state level, she says, Maryland ranks fairly high nationally, with about a third of the seats in the General Assembly occupied by women.

  • 01/20/18 Citizens’ Climate Lobby
    Grant Samms, Project Coordinator for the Center for Environment & Society’s ShorePower Project, is interviewed by Peterson Toscano on the Citizens’ Climate Lobby podcast about how it’s essential that climate adcocates understand how “sense of place” plays a big role in a community’s response to new ideas and alternative energy sources like wind power.
  • 12/15/17 “With Relish”

    Bill Schindler, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab, is interviewed on the Irish podcast “With Relish” about his work at University College Dublin and returning to the real roots of food. He talks about the Eastern Shore Food Lab and how the Food Evolutions project is helping inform that. Schindler’s portion of the interview begins at 24:05.

  • 01/04/18 Two Weeks Notice: A Latin American Politics Blog

    Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science and International Studies and author of Captured Peace: Elites and Peacebuilding in El Salvador, is interviewed on Two Weeks Notice: A Latin American Politics blog, about the situation in Honduras after the controversial 2017 presidential election.

  • 12/15/17 WWL Radio New Orleans

    WWL Radio host Tommy Tucker in New Orleans interviews Melissa Deckman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, about the #MeToo movement and its political effects. Deckman says that although the #MeToo movement represents a powerful cultural change, she does not believe the Republican-controlled Congress will do anything to pursue an investigation into allegations from women against Donald Trump that he sexually assaulted or molested them before he became president.

  • 12/11/17 The BBC World News Service

    Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, is interviewed on the BBC World Service NewsHour about the continuing turmoil in Honduras since the the presidential election remains in dispute. She says although international election monitors are on site in Honduras, there are demands to nullify the election or do a total vote recount due to polling irregularities. The segment runs from 14:00 to 18:05.

  • 12/01/17 WYPR’s “Midday” with Tom Hall
    Katie Charles, Assistant Professor of 18th- and 19th-Century Literature, is interviewed by Tom Hall on WYPR’s Midday Program about how Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol and how his primary intention with the story was to draw attention to the plight of the poor. The interview, along with Kay MacIntosh, Economic Development & Marketing Coordinating for Chestertown, coincided with the new “Dickens of a Christmas” celebration in Chestertown.
  • 11/28/17 Harvard Program on US-Japan Relations

    Andrew Oros, Professor of Political Science and International Studies and author of Japan’s Security Renaissance, joins Japan political expert Tobias Harris, Vice President of Teneo Intelligence, at the Harvard Program on US-Japan Relations to discuss Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s past five years.

  • 11/27/17 The BBC World News Service NewsHour

    Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science and International Studies and an expert on Latin American politics, is interviewed on the BBC World Service NewsHour about the election results in Honduras. Wade says that the apparent win by Salvador Nasralla, who appeared to be gathering enough votes to oust strongman President Juan Orlando Hernández, was a rejection not only of Hernández but the corruption and impunity that is endemic in the Honduran political system. Wade’s interview begins at 9:40 in the broadcast and ends at 12:50.