Mary John Miller Speaks at Washington College on April 5


Mary John Miller, a former Under Secretary for Domestic Finance for the U.S. Treasury, on April 5 will give a talk at Washington College on “Toward an Equitable and Ethical Financial System.” Sponsored by the George Washington Leadership Series and the Holstein Program in Ethics, the free, public event starts at 4 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall. A reception will follow.

The U.S. Treasury’s Under Secretary for Domestic Finance from March 2012 to September 2014, Miller was responsible for Treasury debt management, fiscal operations, recovery from the financial crisis, and implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation. From February 2010 to March 2012, she served as Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets, where she was responsible for conducting Treasury auctions and monitoring all financial markets for the Treasury Secretary.

On her retirement from the Treasury she received the Alexander Hamilton Award for Distinguished Service.

Before her public service, Miller spent 26 years in the investment management industry with the T. Rowe Price Group in Baltimore, Maryland. She was the director of the Fixed Income Division from 2004 through 2009, and she also served on the firm’s management committee, asset allocation committee, and as a trustee of the T. Rowe Price Foundation.

Miller, who lives in Baltimore, earned a B.A. from Cornell University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Maryland Humanities Announces Next Stop of Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition


Maryland Humanities is pleased to announce that its statewide tour of The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, will move to its second stop in Chestertown on March 31. Sumner Hall (G.A.R. Post #25) will host the exhibition and along with its principal partner, Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, will feature companion exhibits and programming across the county highlighting Kent County’s work history.

The grand opening on March 31 will feature a reception and preview party honoring exhibition producers, organizers, sponsors, partners, elected officials, and community volunteers, as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The preview party will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Sultana Education Foundation, located just two blocks away from Sumner Hall. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the front steps of Sumner Hall. After the ceremony, participants will be invited to preview the exhibition in small groups.      

The companion exhibition at Sumner Hall, The Black Labor Experience in Kent County, will feature four displays:  (1) theStory of the Founders of Sumner Hall and the 471 African Americans who served with the Union forces during the Civil War;  (2) an exploration of the contribution of Free and Enslaved Labor in Kent County – from the Revolutionary War-era through the end of the 19th Century; (3) Tools of the Trades:  a display of traditional farm, fishing, household, and office “tools” used in Kent County; and (4) contemporary stories – Oral Work Histories  of Community Members.  There will also be a Kids Corner with hands-on activities for young children. 

The C. V. Starr Center is also offering three special events:  (1) a keynote lecture by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed:  On (Not) Getting By in America; (2) Choppin’ at the Shop  – an original multimedia work of music, the art of conversation, and photography as it relates to African Americans who work or have worked in Kent County; and (3) A Walk Through Working Chestertown.  In addition, more than fifteen other venues across the county are hosting exhibits, lectures, and programs celebrating workers in the community. 

Nina Johnson, executive director of Sumner Hall, said:  “Hosting this exhibition has given us a unique opportunity to explore the rich history of the way we have worked in our communities across Kent County.   The Museum on Main Street project has allowed our community to come together in creative ways to identify individual stories and to document them. It has been a rewarding experience to see how our collaboration with Washington College, the Kent County Public Schools, the Historical Society of Kent County, the Sultana Educational Foundation, the Museums of Kent, the Kent County Public Library, and other local organizations and businesses has resulted in an exciting menu of educational and cultural programs across the county. While we are proud of all these offerings, our companion exhibition that showcases the contributions of Kent County African American workers from the 1650s to the present is especially important. The Way We Worked initiative has truly been a ‘win-win’ experience for everyone!”

“We’re delighted to bring The Way We Worked to five small communities across the state and celebrate Maryland’s diverse and engaging work history, from the paper and steel mills of the 19th Century to the technology boom of today. We hope you’ll join us in exploring the rich local history unearthed through each community’s companion exhibit and programming,” said Phoebe Stein, executive director of Maryland Humanities.

The Way We Worked will be on view at Sumner Hall March 31–May 20, 2017. Sumner Hall is located at 206 South Queen Street in Chestertown, Maryland. Learn more at

Shakespeare Scholar Phyllis Rackin Visits the Literary House April 4


Phyllis Rackin, the author of numerous books discussing Shakespeare and literary theory through a feminist scope, and a mentor to countless scholars including some of Washington College’s own, will speak at the Rose O’Neill Literary House on April 4. A professor emeritus of English at the University of Pennsylvania, Rackin will close out this academic year’s Sophie Kerr Lecture Series. The event starts at 4:30 and is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.

Rackin, a past president of the Shakespeare Association of America, mentored Kate Moncrief, professor of English and chair of Washington College’s Department of English, as well as assistant professor Courtney Rydel. She’s the author of numerous articles on Shakespeare and literary theory, and of four books: Shakespeare’s Tragedies (World Dramatists, 1978), Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles (Cornell, 1990), Shakespeare and Women (Oxford, 2005), and, with Jean E. Howard, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare’s English Histories (Routledge, 1997). She co-edited another book, The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays, with Evelyn Gajowski (Routledge, 2014).

A recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Rackin’s landmark accomplishments have been honored with the Phyllis Rackin Graduate Fellowship for Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities and the annual Phyllis Rackin Lecture hosted by the Penn Medieval/Renaissance Seminar.

For more information on this and other English Department and Sophie Kerr events, visit the website at For more information on the Literary House, visit

Washington College’s Spring Concert Series Kicks Off on March 24


Washington College’s Spring Concert Series will provide an eclectic and global range of offerings this year, kicking off on March 24 with piano and violin and wrapping up in April with traditional Japanese music. Here’s the lineup of performances, all at Hotchkiss Recital Hall at the Gibson Centre for the Arts:

• March 24: David Kim, violin, and Matt Brower, piano, at 7:30 pm. Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (non-WC College Students/Seniors over age 65/WC faculty and staff). WC students and youth 18 and under are free.
• March 31: “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band Brass Quintet, noon, free.
• April 1: Yodo Kurahashi II, shakuhachi, Miyuki Yoshikami, koto, Jon Kenzen McCollum, shakuhachi, 2 p.m., free.


Photos: David Kim (left) and Matt Brower (right)

On March 24, as part of 2016-2017 Premier Artist lineup, the Washington College Concert Series presents David Kim, violin, and Matt Brower, piano, playing selections from Handel’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 1 Nr. 13; Kroll’s Banjo and Fiddle; Massenet’s Meditation from the Opera Thaïs and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64.

Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999 and appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra each season, as well as with numerous orchestras around the world. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, the University of Rhode Island, and Dickinson College.

Brower is a Philadelphia-based pianist, coach, and educator who brings vision and sensitivity to a variety of genres, from classical piano, chamber music, opera, and art song to musical theatre and jazz. At age 11, he made his New York City debut, performing an original composition at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall). He has since performed in such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Merkin Hall, and Steinway Hall, as well as in Europe and China. Brower received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded the Oberlin Piano Faculty Prize in Accompanying. He continued his studies at the University of Michigan, where he received his master’s and doctoral degrees in collaborative piano under the tutelage of renowned pianist Martin Katz. Brower has been a lecturer in piano at Washington College since 2015, teaching group piano classes and individual lessons for students at all levels. He is also a faculty member of the University of Delaware’s Master Players Summer Festival.


Photos: The President’s Own (left) and Yodo Kurahashi II (right)

On March 31 at noon, as part of its 12@Hotchkiss Series, the Washington College Department of Music presents a concert featuring The President’s Own U.S. Marine Band Brass Quintet. Members of this quintet are part of the President’s Own U.S. Marine Band whose mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, The President’s Own is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually.

On April 1, traditional Japanese music will be the highlight at a performance featuring Yodo Kurahashi II playing the shakuhachi, Miyuki Yoshikami playing the koto, and Jon Kenzen McCollum of Washington College, also playing the shakuhachi. A reception will follow the concert.

Kurahashi is one of Japan’s great master shakuhachi flute players. He has been with this beautiful and evocative bamboo instrument for more than 40 years. His father, also a famous shakuhachi player, was his first teacher as a young boy, and Kurahashi-sensei eventually became head of his father’s dojo: Mujuan dojo.

For events that require tickets, individual tickets can be purchased online with a credit card via EventBrite, or with cash or check at the door. Inquiries and ticket holds can be sent to Debbie Reed at or 410-778-7839. More information on the series is available at

Revolutionary America Through German Eyes


For the 30,000-some German soldiers who fought for the British during the American Revolution, the colonists and their country were a complete unknown. Friederike Baer, an associate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss their unique view of the fledgling country on March 29 in “Hurray to America!: The German Auxiliary Troops in the War for American Independence.”

The 5 p.m. lecture in Litrenta Lecture Hall of the Toll Science Center is the College’s 2016-2017 Guy F. Goodfellow Memorial Lecture and is free and open to the public.

In the 1770s and 1780s, Britain employed at least 30,000 German soldiers in its quest to put down the American rebellion. Known as “Hessians,” these troops made up one-third of the British army in North America by 1781. This lecture draws from the wealth of records and documents produced by soldiers and their families in order to offer a view of America, the war and the revolutionary movement from the perspective of these Germans, most of whom knew virtually nothing about the emerging United States when they boarded the transports that took them across the Atlantic.

Baer is an associate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University, Abington, where she focuses on early American history and German-speaking people in America. She is also an archivist and the author of The Trial of Frederick Eberle: Language, Patriotism and Citizenship in Philadelphia’s German Community.

WC Lecture Re-Examines Famous Indian Captivity Narrative from the 17th Century


One of the most famous, the most studied, the most reprinted, and the most anthologized of all early American texts is Mary Rowlandson’s story. Her narrative is the earliest surviving account of Indian captivity written by a European colonist in the British Colonies of North America.

DeProspoRichard De Prospo, professor of English and American Studies at Washington College, questions whether this well-known account is really a narrative at all. Indeed, have we been overselling Mary Rowlandson’s seventeenth-century account of Indian captivity to our 21st-century undergraduates?

De Prospo’s presentation,sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, starts at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 in the Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library, Washington College. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a light reception.

A highly successful author, De Prospo’s books include The Latest Early American Literature (2015), The Stowe DebateRhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, with Mason Lowance and Ellen Westbrook (1994), and Theism in the Discourse of Jonathan Edwards (1985). He has published numerous articles that can be found on his Washington College profile. De Prospo began teaching at Washington College in 1975; he has also been visiting professor of literary theory at the University of New Hampshire and of early American literature at the University of London.

Women’s League of WC has rescheduled Annual Scholarship Luncheon


Due to Impending Snow Women’s League reschedules Spring Scholarship Luncheon

The Women’s League of Washington College has rescheduled its annual Scholarship Luncheon to Monday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the college’s Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall. Funds raised through this event are used to provide scholarships for a local female student at Washington College.

This decision was made to ensure the safety of members, guests and college staff.

Members who attend the rescheduled event should take note that shuttle service beginning at 10:45 a.m. will be provided from the college’s North Common parking lot to Hodson Hall.

Space is still available. Call 410-928-5566 for ticket information.

This year’s spring luncheon, a woodland fairy inspired “Fairyopolis,” will feature an ever-popular wine auction, a wide array of bucket and silent auction items and a live auction led by popular radio personality Bill Blake.

Since its founding in 1951, the Women’s League of Washington College has contributed more than $350,000 to the College. Its mission is to “foster closer relationships between the college and the community and to sponsor scholarships and other projects to benefit the college.” The organization is open to all interested women; it is not necessary to be a graduate of the college to participate.

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2017 Spring Series by Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture


Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture announces its new Spring 2017 series entitled “Faith And” at Washington College in Chestertown. The six-part series features:

Faith and Leadership
Al Sikes, former Chair of the Federal Communications Commission
“Faith & Leadership: A Discussion of a Life of Public Service”
6:00 PM, Wednesday, March 22
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College, Chestertown

Faith, Politics & The Ivory Tower
Josh Dunn, Director, Center for the Society of Government and the Individual, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Faith, Politics & The Ivory Tower: Conservatives and Higher Education
5:00 PM, Friday, March 24
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College, Chestertown

Faith & Science
JP Moorland, Distinguished Professor ofPhilosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
7:00 PM, Thursday, April 6
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College,

Faith Law & Liberty
Shannon Holzer, award winning author and scholar
7:30 PM, Wednesday, April 12
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College,

Faith & The Emotions
James K. A. Smith, Gary and Henrietta Byker, Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview, Calvin College
6:30 PM, Tuesday, April 18
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College,

Faith & Music
Andrew Balio, Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Director of the True Symphony Institute
6:00 PM. Tuesday, May 3
Litrenta Hall, 1st Floor of Toll Science Center, Washington College,

Photojournalist Neal Jackson and the News


neal jacksonThe March Learn at Lunch sponsored by the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning will host Neal Jackson, former VP and General Counsel for NPR, photojournalist and activist supporting international journalist safety.  Jackson’s varied career also includes serving as a newspaper reporter and editor, a partnership in a D.C. law firm, and Chairman of the Board for VII Photos.

The luncheon and presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 22 in the Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the College campus.  Neal Jackson’s presentation titled “Seeing News and Current History” will explore the many challenges news photographers encounter as they go about the business of their craft.  Behind the images which bring the events of the world into focus for all of us, often in shocking reality, are the stories of the committed men and women who sacrifice so much in pursuit of the news. The talk will illustrate, with graphic images, how photojournalists everywhere and everyday risk their lives so that the public can understand and put in perspective the events of our world.

The buffet luncheon and lecture begin at noon in the Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall on the Washington College campus. Community members are invited to attend. Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, March 16. The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members.  Send check made payable to WC-ALL to: WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown MD 21620. Please include name, phone number and email.  For more information, contact the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.