Monday, April 25, 2005

Francis Poulenc Trio To Play Washington College's Tawes Theatre, April 29

Chestertown, MD, April 24, 2005 — The Washington College Concert Series concludes its 53rd season with a performance by the Francis Poulenc Trio, Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre, Single tickets can be purchased at the door, $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth 18 and under.

Comprising three uniquely gifted virtuosos—American bassoonist Bryan Young, Russian pianist Irina Lande and Russian oboist Vladimir Lande—the Francis Poulenc Trio combines 21st-century vibrancy with the best of European instrumental tradition. The Trio's performances leap beyond the ordinary concert experience, transporting audiences into a world of beautiful sonorities, playful rhythms and dramatic excitement. The trio heightens the lyricism of Poulenc, the virtuosity of Rossini, the wit of Jean Francaix and the jazzy elegance of Andre Previn.

For ticket information or to join the mailing list for next season's brochure, call 800-422-1782, ext. 7839. Individual tax-deductible patron memberships begin at $75.00. Contributing patron memberships begin at $150.00, supporting at $250.00 and sustaining at $500.00. All membership packages include two tickets, and all donations over the price of the tickets are tax-deductible.

Season tickets and memberships can be purchased by check or money order through the mail from the Washington College Concert Series, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620-1197.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Scholar Explores Author Susan Glaspell And The First Greenwich Village Avant-Garde, April 27

Chestertown, MD, April 21, 2005 — Washington College's Sophie Kerr Committee presents “Strange Bedfellows: Susan Glaspell and the First Greenwich Village Avant-Garde,” a lecture by Linda Ben-Zvi, Professor of Theater Studies at Tel Aviv University, Wednesday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library. The talk is free and open to the public.

Called a “venturesome feminist” by historian Nancy Cott, Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) is acknowledged as America's first important modern female playwright. Winner of the 1931 Pulitzer Prize for drama—and one of the most respected novelists and short story writers of her time—Glaspell created intrepid female characters and explored topics such as women's suffrage, birth control, female sexuality, marriage equality, socialism, and pacifism. A journalist by age eighteen, Glaspell migrated with her husband to New York's Greenwich Village, where the first American avant-garde was blossoming. Throughout her life, Glaspell was always willing to speak out for those causes in which she believed and willing to risk societal approbation for the sake of personal exploration.

Linda Ben-Zvi has published widely on modern and contemporary drama. Her books includeSamuel Beckett, Women in Beckett, Susan Glaspell: Essays on her Theatre and Fiction,Theatre in Israel, and Susan Glaspell: Her Life and Times. She has edited Glaspell's The Road to the Temple and is co-editing, with J. Ellen Gainor, The Complete Plays of Susan Glaspell. She currently serves as editor of Assaph, the Tel Aviv University English language theatre journal, and president of the International Samuel Beckett Society.

The talk is sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Committee, which works to carry on the legacy of the late Sophie Kerr, a writer from Denton, Md., whose generosity has done so much to enrich Washington College's literary culture. When she died in 1965, Kerr left the bulk of her estate to the College, specifying that one half of the income from her bequest be awarded every year to the senior showing the most “ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor” and the other half be used to bring visiting writers to campus, to fund scholarships, and to help defray the costs of student publications.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

College Receives $100,000 Scholarship Grant From Mid-Shore Community Foundation

Chestertown, MD, April 18, 2005 — The Mid-Shore Community Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 scholarship grant to Washington College from its Austin and Martha Steele Fund. This grant helped Washington College raise $2.9 million to meet the conditions of a $750,000 challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation for the College's new 45,000-square-foot John S. Toll Science Center. Specifically, the scholarship grant will enable the college to award a scholarship annually to a student in need of financial assistance who is enrolled in the natural science division.

F. Graham Lee, president of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, comments, “By awarding this grant, we are able to honor Dr. John Toll, one of our board members and the President Emeritus of Washington College, as well as one of the nation's leading science educators.”

The John S. Toll Science Center is a $26 million project and represents the college's commitment to invigorating the study and teaching of the sciences at the undergraduate level. State-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms will support new and evolving models for teaching the sciences. The Center will not only support the work of science majors but it will serve all Washington College students who must meet general education requirements by taking at least three courses in the natural sciences and quantitative methods.

According to Dr. Baird Tipson, president of Washington College, “We are grateful to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation for helping us meet the conditions of The Kresge Foundation's challenge grant, while also helping us meet a growing need at the college.” He adds, “During the past decade, burgeoning interest in the sciences has swelled student enrollments in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology. In addition, the college has added new programs in environmental science, computer science, biochemistry, neuroscience, clinical psychology and earth science. The new science building will enable us to provide the best foundation possible in the sciences.”

John Eisenhower, Kweisi Mfume To Be Honored At Washington College's 223rd Commencement, May 22

Winner of Nation's Largest Undergraduate Literary Prize To Be Announced

Chestertown, MD, April 18, 2005 — In recognition of their outstanding accomplishments and careers, retired Brigadier General (AUS) John SD Eisenhower and Kweisi Mfume, former Congressman and head of the NAACP, will be honored at Washington College's 223rd Commencement on Sunday, May 22, 2005. The ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Campus Lawn. In the event of rain, Commencement ceremonies will be moved indoors to Cain Gymnasium, and only ticket holders will be admitted to the Gymnasium and designated viewing sites.

The College will also award the Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation's largest undergraduate literary award, valued at $53,608 this year. The prize was established by the will of the late Sophie Kerr, a writer from Denton, Md., whose generosity has done so much to enrich the College's literary culture. When she died in 1965, Kerr left the bulk of her estate to the College, specifying that one half of the income from her bequest be awarded every year to the senior showing the most “ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor” and the other half be used to bring visiting writers to campus, to fund scholarships, and to help defray the costs of student publications. Ms. Kerr was a prolific writer who began her career as a woman's page editor for the Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph and the Pittsburgh Gazette and as managing editor of theWoman's Home Companion. During her lifetime she authored more than 100 stories and 23 novels. During the 38 years that the Sophie Kerr Prize has been awarded, its value has ranged from $9,000 to as high as $65,000.

The Honorable John SD Eisenhower, son of the late General and President Dwight David Eisenhower, is a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and served with the First Army in Europe during World War II and the Army of Occupation in Germany and Austria after the War. Eisenhower also served with the 3rd Infantry Division in Korea, 1952-53, on the Army General Staff, 1957-59, on the White House Staff from October 1958 to January 1961, and as the U. S. Ambassador to Belgium from April 1969 to October 1971. In addition to his long career in military and diplomatic service, Eisenhower has been a military historian of some renown, publishing numerous books examining America's strategic conflicts and leaders in last century. His works include the New York Times bestseller The Bitter Woods, an account of the Battle of the Bulge; Intervention! The United States And The Mexican Revolution, 1913-1917; Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott;Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I; and, most recently, General Ike, A Personal Reminiscence. In recognition of his contributions to the field of history, the College will present to him an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Recently announcing his intention to run for the coveted Senatorial seat to be vacated by the retiring Paul Sarbanes, the Honorable Kweisi Mfume has had a long and distinguished career in Maryland politics and media. Mfume became president and chief executive officer of the NAACP in 1996, after a 10-year career in the United States Congress, where he represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District. Mfume, whose West African name means, “conquering son of kings,” was born, raised, and educated in Baltimore. As a freshman at Morgan State University, he became more politically and socially active, and served as editor of the school's newspaper and head of the Black Student Union. He graduated magna cum laude and later returned to Morgan State to teach courses in political science and communications. In 1984, he earned a masters degree in liberal arts, with a concentration in international studies, from Johns Hopkins University.

As Mfume's community involvement grew, so did his popularity as an activist, organizer, and radio commentator. He translated that approval into a grassroots election victory for a seat on the Baltimore City Council in 1979. During the seven years of service in local government, Mfume led efforts to diversify city government, improve community safety, enhance minority business development, and divest city funds from the apartheid government of South Africa.

In 1986, he was elected to the Congressional seat that he was to hold for the next decade. Mfume was active with broad committee obligations and served on the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the General Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, the Committee on Education and the Small Business Committee. While in his third term, the Speaker of the House chose him to serve on the Ethics Committee and the Joint Economic Committee of the House and Senate where he later became chair. As a member of the House of Representatives, Mfume consistently advocated landmark minority business and civil rights legislation. He successfully co-sponsored and helped to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act, authorized the minority contracting and employment amendments to the Financial Institutions Reform and Recovery Act, strengthened Equal Credit Opportunity Law, and amended the Community Reinvestment Act in the interest of minority financial institutions.

Mfume served as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and later as the Caucus' Chair of the Task Force on Affirmative Action. In his last term in Congress, he was appointed the Vice-Chairman for Communications by the House Democratic Caucus. During his tenure as president and CEO of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, Mfume raised the standards and expectations of NAACP branches nationwide and worked with NAACP volunteers across the country to usher in a whole new generation of civil rights advocacy. His six-point action agenda—encompassing civil rights, political empowerment, educational excellence, economic development, health, and youth outreach—gave the NAACP a clear and compelling blueprint for the 21st century. In recognition of his distinguished career in politics and public service, the College will present to him an Honorary Doctor of Public Service.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Mammoth Hunters: Archaeology Club Hosts Third Annual Atl Atl Throw, April 23

Chestertown, MD, April 14, 2005 — Long before fast food and microwave dinners, ancient humans stalked “big game” to keep family and village supplied with their daily requirement of protein. About 40,000 years, the invention of a small but ingenious device—the Atlatl—vastly improved our ancestors' chances of survival by increasing the speed, power and accuracy of their hunting spears. Washington College's Archaeology Club, in celebration of Archaeology Month, will exhibit this early technological advance with a free public demonstration of Atlatlspear throwing, Saturday, April 23, 1-4 p.m. on the Campus Lawn. Tours of the College's Public Archaeology Laboratory will also be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Custom House on High and Water Streets in Chestertown.

The Atlatl (from the Aztec word for “spear thrower”) is a device that imparted incredible mechanical and technical advantage to prehistoric humans. Increasing spear velocity 15 times and striking power 200 times, Atlatls were used worldwide prior to the advent of the bow and arrow. The oldest known Atlatl artifact is more than 19,000 years old, although it is believed that the Atlatl was in common use more than 40,000 years ago. An example of how human technology directly affects the natural environment, the Atlatl provided a tremendous hunting advantage and, conversely, might have contributed to the extinction of many large mammals throughout the world. The power that the Atlatl imparted to the spear was so great that the Aztecs readopted the technology for its armor-piercing ability against Spanish Conquistadors in the Sixteenth Century. The Atlatl is now attracting thousands of enthusiasts around the world for sport and competition throwing.

As part of the demonstration, participants will have a hands-on chance to test their ability and accuracy of throwing using the Atlatl by spearing a seven-foot tall straw target, “Murray, the Mastodon,” constructed by the Washington College Archaeology Club. Washington College's Archaeology staff will demonstrate technique and provide throwing and safety instructions.

Summer Field School Offers Forays Into Native American And African-American Archaeology, June 6-July 15

Chestertown, MD, April 14, 2005 — Washington College's Department of Sociology and Anthropology will again offer a Summer Field School in Archaeology from June 6 to July 15, 2005. Taught by archaeologist Dr. John Seidel and staff from the Washington College Public Archaeology Laboratory, the course provides practical experience in field archaeology and will focus on two local projects: the search for Tockwogh, a palisaded Indian village on the Sassafras River, and the excavation of the Charles Sumner Post, a Grand Army of the Republic Lodge established by African-American Civil War veterans in Chestertown.

The eight-credit program—open to both college students and adults—will teach excavation and lab techniques; remote sensing; artifact identification, dating and analysis; and mapping and surveying of archaeological sites using both theodolite and GPS. Hands-on fieldwork will be augmented by lectures and special presentations, laboratory work, and trips to regional sites and museums. “This year's Field School will give students the chance to explore Native American and African-American archaeology,” said Seidel, associate professor of anthropology and environmental studies. “Our first site will be the Charles Sumner Post, a Grand Army of the Republic lodge that served as a focal point for the African-American community in Kent County in the post-Civil War era. Our second objective is to search for the site of Tockwogh, an Indian village described by Captain John Smith on his 1608 voyage of exploration on the Chesapeake Bay.”

Smith described the village as palisaded—or fortified—and was surprised to find that the inhabitants had iron and brass tools, apparently obtained in trade with the Susquehannock Indians to the north, noted Seidel. Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with a field school run by the University of Maryland on Wye Island. The multiple projects will offer training in a wide variety of activities and techniques.

Interested students are encouraged to apply early. Limited housing on the Washington College campus may be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The class runs for six weeks, meeting five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The base of operations is the Washington College Public Archaeology Laboratory in the Custom House. Vans will take students to field sites outside of Chestertown. Tuition is $2,375. Students will register for ANT 296 Sections 10 and 11.

For more information and registration forms, contact Dr. John Seidel at 410-778-7756.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Reading To Feature Winners Of The 2005 Shore Poetry Contest And Pulitzer-Nominated Poet Sue Ellen Thompson, April 21

Chestertown, MD, April 11, 2005 — Washington College's Rose O'Neill Literary House will host a public reading by the winners of the 2005 Eastern Shore Poetry Contest on Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. Following the event will be a reading by this year's judge, Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Sue Ellen Thompson. The public is invited to both readings. A free reception will follow.

Sue Ellen Thompson is the author of The Leaving: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House Press, 2001), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002. Her previous collections include The Body of Silk—awarded the 1986 Samuel French Morse Prize—and The Wedding Boat (Owl Creek Press, 1995). Thompson is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Bread Loaf School of English. Her work has appeared in the Georgia Review, Southern Poetry Review,The Seneca Review, Louisville Review, Tar River Poetry, and many other journals. She has also contributed essays to Family: A Celebration, Touchstones: American Poets on a Favorite Poem, Introspections: American Poets on One of Their Own Poems, and An Open World: Essays on Leslie Norris.

Thompson has served as a National Arts Club Scholar in Poetry and a Robert Frost Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her awards include two Individual Artist Grants from the state of Connecticut and the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. She has served on the faculty of the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf and the Young Writers Institute in West Hartford. She has given readings throughout New England as well as at the National Arts Club in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, and the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. In 1999 she was invited to read her work at the Aran Islands Poetry Festival in Galway, Ireland. Thompson lives in Mystic, Connecticut, where she works as a writer and editor. Among her current projects is The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, of which she is editor.

The Eastern Shore Poetry Contest is sponsored by the arts councils of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, and Caroline counties. The readings are sponsored by the O'Neill Literary House and the Sophie Kerr Committee of Washington College, which work to carry on the legacy of the late Sophie Kerr, a writer from Denton, Md., whose generosity has done so much to enrich the College's literary culture. When she died in 1965, Kerr left the bulk of her estate to the College, specifying that one half of the income from her bequest be awarded every year to the senior showing the most “ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor” and the other half be used to bring visiting writers to campus, to fund scholarships, and to help defray the costs of student publications.

2005 Eastern Shore Poetry Contest Winners

Youth, Grades 1-8

1st Place: “Birds and Butterflies” by Shannon Miller, Radcliffe Creek School, Kent County

2nd Place: “Shining Green” by Aaron Bramble, Radcliffe Creek School, Kent County

3rd Place: “Books" by Sage Fox, Cherry Hill School, Cecil County

Students, Grades 9-12

1st Place: “Working in the Woods” by Jessica Vooris, Queen Anne's County High School

2nd Place: “Cold Misery” by Alicia Vooris, Queen Anne's County High School

3rd Place: “The Hunters” by Joshua Stone of Towle Institute

Adults, 18-59

1st Place: “Prophecy” by Maggie Creshkoff of Port Deposit, Cecil County

2nd Place: “Before I Leave...” by Maggie Creshkoff of Port Deposit, Cecil County

3rd Place: “A Year Ago Today” by Dane Arnold, Chestertown, Kent County

Seniors, 60 and over

1st Place: “Yard Sale” by Jody Primoff, Greensboro, Caroline County

2nd Place: “Waiting” by Hal Wilson, Chester, Queen Anne's County

3rd Place: “Diagnosis: Old” by John Nashold, Greensboro, Caroline County

Sunday, April 10, 2005

WC Gospel Choir To Hold Spring Concert, April 24

Chestertown, MD, April 9, 2005 — The Washington College Gospel Choir will hold their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 24, 2005. The concert, titled "Rejoice," will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Tawes Theatre on the Washington College campus. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $1.00 for college students and anyone 18.

The choir, now in its eighth year at the college, is made up of staff members, students from across the nation, as well as students from other countries.

For more information about the Washington College Gospel Choir, contact WCGC Advisor Sara A. Smith at 410-778-7290.

Eastern Shore Author Nancy Taylor Robson To Read From Her Work, April 12

Chestertown, MD, April 9, 2005 — Local author Nancy Taylor Robson will read from her work in the Rose O'Neill Literary House on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. Students and members of the Washington College community are invited to attend.

Robson's debut novel, Course of the Waterman, received national attention for its powerful account of the challenges facing Maryland's Chesapeake Bay watermen.

Robson grew up sailing and building boats with her father on Chesapeake Bay. After graduating from the University of Maryland, she worked as a cook on the coastal tugboat on which her husband, Gary Robson, was Captain. She is a contributing writer for Chesapeake Bay Magazine, and her essays and articles have appeared in Yachting, House Beautiful, theWashington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Christian Science Monitor, Sailing, Coastal Living, and Southern Living.

Friday, April 8, 2005

Washington College Student Arts Festival Showcases Poetry, Theatre, Music, April 14-17

Chestertown, MD, April 7, 2005 — The Washington College Student Arts Festival will showcase poetry, theatre, music, book arts and the visual arts on campus April 14-17, 2005. The event is sponsored by the Writers Union, and was organized by Chair Caitlin Patton and Faculty Advisor Professor Kathy Wagner. For more information, please contact Arts Festival chair Caitlin Patton at

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 14, 2005

7:30 p.m. – Sophomore/Junior Reading, Rose O'Neill Literary House

8:30 p.m. (after reading) –Reception at the Literary House

Friday, April 15, 2005

8:00 p.m. – now then again: A Senior Thesis Production directed by Emily Dickert, Tawes Theatre

Saturday, April 16, 2005

1:00 p.m. – Paste Papermaking Workshop with Master Printer, Mike Kaylor, Rose O'Neill Literary House

5:00 p.m. – String Ensemble Concert, Casey Academic Center Rotunda

8:00 p.m. – now then again: A Senior Thesis Production directed by Emily Dickert, Tawes Theatre

Sunday, April 17, 2005

2:00 – “Music, Women, and the Dynamics of Female Performance in Renaissance England”: A Senior Recital by violinist Caitlin Patton, Norman James Theatre (reception to follow)

4:00 – Jazz Band concert, Tawes Theatre

The visual art of Amanda Finley Boutwell and Vanya Voyno will be shown in the Casey Academic Center Gallery throughout the Arts Festival weekend.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Lectures Commemorate Chesapeake Voyages Of John Smith, April 19 At Washington College

Chestertown, MD, April 4, 2005 — Washington College's C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and Sultana Projects, Inc., present two lectures in commemoration of the upcoming 400th anniversary of John Smith's voyages to the Chesapeake Bay and the launch of the Captain John Smith Four-Hundred Project. The two lectures—“A Mariner's Manual to the 1608 Voyages of John Smith,” by Kent Mountford, and “A True Relation of John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages: 1607-1609,” by Wayne E. Clark—will be held Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

On June 2, 1608, Captain John Smith and fourteen English colonists set out on a journey to explore and map the Chesapeake Bay. Covering more than 1,700 miles in just over three months, Smith and his men saw a Chesapeake Bay that is scarcely imaginable today, with its incredible ecosystem intact and with a multitude of American Indian cultures thriving along its shores. Smith's famous 1612 map resulting from these explorations was the first accurate depiction of the Chesapeake and served as the definitive map of the region for nearly a century. His notes describing the indigenous people and the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem are still widely studied by historians, environmental scientists, and anthropologists.

In commemoration of Smith's history-making voyages, Sultana Projects, Inc., of Chestertown, MD, has launched a new educational initiative, the Captain John Smith Four Hundred Project, to encourage students throughout the region to explore the human history and natural environment of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. In addition, the Captain John Smith Four-Hundred Project is being developed as a signature product for the Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake National Water Trail and will promote the establishment of America's first National Water Trail following the routes explored by Smith in the early 1600s.

As part of the initiative, Sultana Projects is constructing a full-scale replica of Smith's “Discovery Barge,” the 30-foot open boat—or “shallop”—used during his voyages, using research compiled by Kees de Mooy, Program Manager at the C.V. Starr Center. The vessel will be built at the Sultana Shipyard in Chestertown, using 17th century tools and construction techniques. Upon its completion, the shallop will be exhibited in museums throughout the Chesapeake region during 2006 before setting out to retrace the route of Smith's expeditions in the summer of 2007. School children from across the region will follow the Project through an educational curriculum being developed by Sultana Projects in conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Friends of the Chesapeake National Water Trail.

To help promote this educational initiative, Washington College will host two speakers, Kent Mountford and Wayne E. Clark, for a public lecture on the evening April 19. Both are contributing to the writing and production of the book, tentatively titled John Smith's Voyages of Exploration of the Algonquian Chesapeake Bay: 1607-1609, sponsored by the National Park Service's Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. The publication will be used by the Network's 140 sites to plan events and observations of the 400th anniversary of the initial Jamestown settlement and Smith's Bay explorations. The book will examine the details of Smith's first and second voyages, the interaction between the Algonquian and English cultures, and the natural environment of the Bay during that period.

Kent Mountford is an estuarine ecologist with a 40-year career focus on Mid-Atlantic temperate estuaries. He has spent more than three decades on the Chesapeake as a scientist and as an advocate developing environmental monitoring, outreach and public information programs for the Environmental Protection Agency's Bay Program Office. Mountford is considered an effective and engaging naturalist-lecturer with sensitivity for historical context. Since 1997 he has written “Past as Prologue,” a popular column on Chesapeake environmental history, for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's Bay Journal, published the book Closed Sea (a study of the Barnegat estuary), and contributed to several volumes on coastal and estuarine ecology.

Wayne E. Clark has devoted his career to the preservation of and interpretation of the cultures of the Chesapeake Bay region from the period 14,000 years ago until today, with a focus on Algonquian and Siouan archaeology and ethnohistory. He has served as Assistant State Archaeologist for Virginia (1975-1977), and since 1978 he has served as State Administrator of Archaeology, Director of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, and as the Executive Director of the Maryland Office of Museum Services, his current position. He holds an M.A. in anthropology from American University.

To kick off the launch of the Captain John Smith Four-Hundred Project, the Sultana Shipyard invites the public to an open house on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shipyard on the corner of Cannon and Mill Streets in Chestertown. Visitors will see demonstrations by a team of draught horses, a blacksmith working on an outdoor forge, the “burning out” of a dugout canoe and the beginning of the reconstruction of Smith's shallop.

Scholar Examines French Politics In The Arab World, April 7

Chestertown, MD, April 4, 2005 — Washington College's Goldstein Program in Public Affairs and Department of French Studies present “French Politics in the Arab World: From De Gaulle to Chirac,” a lecture by Dr. Ahmed El Kaladi, Associate Professor of Politics at the Universit√© d'Artois, France, Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

A linguist with a doctorate from the Sorbonne, Ahmed El Kaladi is the chair of the Applied Foreign Languages Department at the Universit√© d'Artois. He has written numerous articles on linguistics and translation with a special focus on postcolonial French literature and acculturation. Born in Morocco and a French citizen, Dr. Kaladi knows both the Arab and French worlds and will be providing an “insider's” view on the history of French politics in the Arab world from the postwar period until today.

The talk is sponsored by Washington College's Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, established in honor of the late Louis L. Goldstein, 1935 alumnus and Maryland's longest serving elected official. The Goldstein Program sponsors lectures, symposia, visiting fellows, travel and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders in public policy and the media.

Richard Nixon And The Rise Of Conservatism, Topic Of April 13 Lecture

Chestertown, MD, April 4, 2005 — Washington College's C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience presents author and political correspondent Rick Perlstein on “Nixonland: The Politics of the American Berserk, 1965-1972,” Wednesday, April 13, at 4:30 p.m. in the College's Casey Academic Center Forum. The talk is free and open to the public.

Former chief national political correspondent for Village Voice, Perlstein has specialized in the coverage of the rise and impact of the Republican Party, the conservative movement and the Christian Right. He is the author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (Hill and Wang, 2001)—selected by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post for their year-end “notable book” lists—and writes for The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times and other publications. His forthcoming biography of Richard Nixon examines Nixon's rise to power and his historic landslide election in 1972. In particular, Perlstein's talk will focus on the summer of 1966, during which the settled political wisdom of the presidential election just past—that liberalism would enjoy hegemony in America in perpetuity—began to be set on its ear.

The talk is sponsored by Washington College's C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, an innovative forum for new scholarship about American history. Drawing on the special historical strengths of Washington College and Chestertown, the Center is dedicated to exploring the early republic, the rise of democracy, and the manifold ways in which the founding era continues to shape American culture.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Writer, Editor Robert Stewart Discusses Poet William Stafford And The Inner Life Of Writing, April 11

Chestertown, MD, March 31, 2005 — Washington College's Sophie Kerr Committee presents “William Stafford and the Inner Life of Writing,” a lecture by Robert Stewart, editor of New Letters: A Magazine of Writing and Art, Monday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library. Stewart will discuss the life and work of William Stafford (1914-1993), noted American poet and pacifist who won the National Book Award in 1963 and later served at poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, a position now known as the U. S. Poet Laureate The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Stewart teaches creative writing, magazine writing, and editing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also serves as editor-in-chief of the university's literary imprint, BkMk Press. His poetry has been anthologized in A to Z: 200 Contemporary American Poets and Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of Poetry. He is the author of Outside Language: Essays (Helicon Nine Editions, 2004)—a finalist in the PEN Center Literary Awards for 2004 and winner of the 2004 Thorpe Menn Award—the poetry collection Plumbers (BkMk Press), Letter From the Living(Borderline Editions), and Climatron (Helicon Nine Editions), as well as two chapbooks,Taking Leave and Rescue Mission. His poetry and essays have appeared in several national publications, including Denver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Borderline, Prairie Schooner,Literary Review, and North American Review. Stewart has been a Breadloaf Scholar in Poetry, winner of the poetry prize at the Wesleyan University Writers Conference, and twice a finalist in the annual Kansas City Press Club's Excellence in Journalism Awards.

The talk is sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Committee, which works to carry on the legacy of the late Sophie Kerr, a writer from Denton, Md., whose generosity has done so much to enrich Washington College's literary culture. When she died in 1965, Kerr left the bulk of her estate to the College, specifying that one half of the income from her bequest be awarded every year to the senior showing the most “ability and promise for future fulfillment in the field of literary endeavor” and the other half be used to bring visiting writers to campus, to fund scholarships, and to help defray the costs of student publications.