Thursday, October 23, 2008

Washington College's Adam Goodheart Appointed to Maryland Humanities Council Board

Chestertown, MD — Washington College is pleased to announce that Adam Goodheart, Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, has been appointed to the Maryland Humanities Council Board of Directors.

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is a statewide, educational, nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The purpose of the Council is to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders.

"The Maryland Humanities Council is very pleased to welcome Adam to the Board," said MHC Executive Director Phoebe Stein Davis. "He not only offers us a perspective from the Eastern Shore, but also a long-standing commitment to engaging the public in the arts and humanities. We also hope to draw on his outstanding record as a writer."

As Director of Washington College's Starr Center, Goodheart oversees an interdisciplinary institution dedicated to promoting innovative approaches to America's past and present, and especially to fostering the literary art of historical writing; its programs include the Patrick Henry Fellowships (supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the George Washington Book Prize, one of the nation's largest literary awards.

Historian, critic and essayist, Goodheart writes for many national publications, including theNew York Times, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and The American Scholar. He has appeared as well on NPR, PBS Television, CNN, C-SPAN and other broadcast outlets.

Goodheart is the creator and series director of the American Pictures Distinguished Lectures, an innovative partnership with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. He was founder, senior editor and columnist at Civilization, the magazine of the Library of Congress. A former editorial board member at The American Scholar, the Phi Beta Kappa Society's quarterly, he continues to serve as a contributing editor. He serves in the same capacity at Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and at Travel & Leisure. He is a member of the Board of Incorporators atHarvard Magazine and the Board of Contributors at USA Today.

Goodheart's work has been widely anthologized, and has won the Lowell Thomas Award of the Society of American Travel Writers in 2004, the Henry Lawson Award for Travel Writing in 2005, and the A.D. Emmart Award for distinguished writing in the humanities in 2007. A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Harvard, he lives in Centreville.

"The Maryland Humanities Council has an outstanding record of promoting civic dialogue and innovative programming, and its Board is a very active one, with members representing a variety of disciplines and institutions," Goodheart said. "I am honored to have this opportunity to help advance its mission." Goodheart will be joining the Council's grants committee, which awards support to dozens of projects each year throughout the state.

Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College is a private, independent college of liberal arts and sciences located in historic Chestertown.

October 23, 2008

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