Monday, November 25, 2002

Washington College Announces Spring 2003 Graduate Courses In English, History And Psychology

Chestertown, MD, November 25, 2002 — Students, educators and mental health professionals are invited to register for Spring 2003 graduate courses at Washington College. The College offers Master of Arts degrees in English, History and Psychology that can help meet requirements for advanced professional certifications. The following courses will be offered during the Spring 2003 semester:
ENG 597-10 Shakespeare: The Later Plays, Monday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
ENG 599-10 The American Novel, Wednesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
POL 502-10 U.S.-Latin American Relations in the 20th C., Wednesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m. (For U. S. history or non-U.S. history after 1600)
HIS 598-10 U.S. Diplomatic History: 1776-1865, Tuesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
HIS 599-10 Spirit and Flesh: The Christian Church in the Middle Ages, Thursday, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
PSY 500-10 Statistics in Psychology and Education, Thursday, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
PSY 501-10 Infancy and Childhood, Monday, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
PSY 502-10 Biological Foundations of Human Behavior, Wednesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
PSY 572-10 Behavior Modification, Tuesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m. (To be held at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center)
All classes will be held at Washington College except PSY 572-10 Behavior Modification, which will be held at the new Eastern Shore Higher Education Center located at Chesapeake College's Wye Mills campus. Classes begin January 20 and end May 8, 2003. Final exams are scheduled for May 5-8, 2003. Students must pre-register by December 23, 2002 to guarantee texts. Graduate tuition is $750 per course plus a non-refundable course registration fee of $45. A late registration fee of $150 per course will be assessed for students who register after the first week of classes. Pre-registration forms will be accepted at the Registrar's Office in person, by mail or by phone at 410-778-7299, or by fax at 410-810-7159.
For complete information on Washington College's graduate course offerings, including detailed course descriptions and registration forms, visit online, or contact the Registrar's Office, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620, phone 410-778-7299.

Washington College Announces Winter And Spring 2003 Graduate Education Course Offerings

Chestertown, MD, November 25, 2002 — K-12 teachers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland are invited to register for Winter and Spring 2003 graduate education courses that can help meet requirements for advanced professional certification. The courses will be held on a variety of dates and at various locations, including the campus of Washington College.
The following three-credit courses will be held at Washington College's Chestertown campus:
EDU 529-214 Using Brain-Compatible Methods In The Classroom, February 28 and March 1,2,14-16/ Fridays 6:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturdays/Sundays 8:00 p.m-5:15 p.m.
EDU 536-206 Teaching Readers to Think, April 4-6 and 25-27/Fridays 6:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturdays/Sundays 8:00 p.m-5:15 p.m.
The following three-credit courses will be offered at other locations on the Eastern Shore or in Central Maryland at various dates from January through April 2003:
EDU 520 Classroom Assessment Techniques
EDU 521 Dimensions of Learning
EDU 523 Expanding Student in the Classroom
EDU 524 Instructional Strategies for a Multicultural Society
EDU 526 Styles Of Teaching: Personality Type In The Classroom
EDU 527 Teaching and Learning Through Multiple Intelligences
EDU 528 Disability Awareness
EDU 531 Cooperative Discipline
Tuition charge is $675 for each three-credit course, plus a $50 deposit. Classroom materials are included in the tuition charge. For complete course or registration information, call 1-800-433-4740, or register online at
Washington College also offers Master's degrees in English, History and Psychology. Information and detailed course descriptions can be found online at, or by contacting the Registrar's Office, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620, phone 410-778-7299.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Washington Collge Gospel Choir To Sing At Community Thanksgiving Service November 24

Chestertown, MD, November 19, 2002 — The Washington College Gospel Choir, under the direction of Reverend Eric Scott, will once again join members of the Chester Valley Ministers Association for their community Thanksgiving Service. This event will be held at Christ United Methodist Church on 405 West High Street, Chestertown, Maryland on Sunday, November 24, 2002, at 4:00 pm.
For the past several Thanksgiving holidays, the Gospel Choir has participated in this community service. This event joins together many of the local churches and organizations to celebrate and give thanks during the holiday season.
For more information about the Washington College Gospel Choir, contact Sara Ann Smith at 410-778-7290, or e-mail

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Concert Series Hosts Borealis Wind Quintet December 3

Chestertown, MD, November 14, 2002 — The 51st season of the Washington College Concert Series will bring the Borealis Wind Quintet to the College's Tawes Theatre on Tuesday, December 3, 2002. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Single tickets at the door are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth and students.
The Borealis Wind Quintet has been acclaimed as one of America's preeminent chamber ensembles, blending the disparate voices of the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn into a balanced yet effervescent chamber music experience. Combining innovative programming with a lively style, the quintet has set themselves apart in the world of chamber music through an irresistible energy and creative arrangements. Their instrumental renditions of opera's finest arias have raised eyes and earned them rave reviews. The Washington Post has praised their “sensitive collaborations that have a sophisticated and cosmopolitan air,” while The Philadelphia Inquirer has said that “they demonstrated the sort of rapport that characterizes the very best chamber playing.” Winner of numerous competitions and awards, the Borealis Wind Quintet has been named one of High Fidelity magazine's “Young Artists to Watch.”
For ticket information and a 2002-2003 Washington College Concert Series season brochure, call 410-778-7839. Season tickets are available for $50.00 per person, and individual tax-deductible patron sponsorships begin at $75.00. Season tickets 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, November 8, 2002

Who's Really On First? Former MLB Umpire Talks About The Issues Of Sexual Orientation In Public And Private Life

Chestertown, MD, November 8, 2002 — Washington College's Office of Student Development Programs, Center for the Study of the American Experience, Student-Athlete Mentors, Campus Events and Visitors Committee, and the EROS Alliance present “WHO'S REALLY ON FIRST?”, a lecture by former Major League Baseball umpire Dave Pallone, Thursday, November 21, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Norman James Theatre. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Pallone worked for 18 years as a professional umpire, 10 with the National Baseball league. His 1990 best selling autobiography, Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball, explored his life as a gay man in professional sports. As the third youngest umpire in the game's history, Pallone demonstrated courage and professionalism amidst the adversities, enmities and controversies of Major League Baseball. He has shared his unique perspectives on professional sports and the issues of sexual orientation through numerous television and radio programs, including Larry King Live, The Today Show, Phil Donahue and CBS Morning. In 1995, Pallone appeared on stage with tennis great Martina Navritilova at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for a candid conversation about their personal and professional lives—the first time two prominent, openly gay people in professional sports appeared on stage. Pallone was also featured in ESPN's 1998 documentary, “Homophobia in Sports,” and was recently named as one of the 100 Men of the Century by Genre Magazine. He has brought his program “Who's on First?” to dozens of colleges and universities and, through his work, has made a significant contribution to society by educating and enlightening people to the not-so-openly-discussed realities and issues of sexual orientation.

Thursday, November 7, 2002

Thanksgiving Food Drive: Washington College Fraternities, Sororities And Bands Organize For The Community

Chestertown, MD, November 7, 2002 — Washington College's Inter-fraternity and Pan-Hellenic Councils joined by alumni band Astralyte are cosponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit needy families in the local community. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to drop off nonperishable and canned food items from now until Friday, November 15 when Astralyte will perform a benefit show with campus band Eveline at Chestertown's Prince Theatre. Bring a donation of food and receive $3 off of the $10 ticket price. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets will be available at the Prince Theatre box office.
Collection boxes will be set up around campus in dormitories and at the Cove, as well as around Chestertown at Acme and Superfresh, Play It Again Sam's on Cross Street, and Shake Down Street Music on High Street. Donations will be distributed by the Kent Family Center to needy families and individuals in the community.
“We are requesting that people donate traditional, nonperishable Thanksgiving foods such as various canned vegetables and mashed potato mixes,” said Amelia Ziegler, office manager for the Kent Family Center. The Center also will accept donations of frozen turkeys, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m to 5 p.m, at 116B Lynchburg St. in Chestertown. Call 410-778-7911 in advance if you plan to drop off a turkey. The Kent Family Center will be taking donations of nonperishable food items and frozen turkeys until Saturday, November 23.
To learn more about the Kent Family Center, visit it on the web at
Visit Astralyte on the web at

Tuesday, November 5, 2002

Somewhere Off The Interstate: Authors Celebrate The Last Great American Places, November 18 In Hynson Lounge

Event marks the November publication of 'A Certain Somewhere: Writers on the Places They Remember'

Chestertown, MD, November 5, 2002 — Beyond the strip-malling of our national landscape, beyond the sprawl of fast-food restaurants and identical outlet stores from coast to coast, is there any place left where you can still escape into a different, quirky, unexplored America?
On November 18, an exceptional group of American writers will gather at Washington College to champion the notion that there is.
“SOMEWHERE OFF THE INTERSTATE: THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN PLACES” will be a kind of literary roadtrip, in which five nationally celebrated authors—Ann Beattie, James Conaway, Wayne Curtis, Michael Dirda, and Thomas Mallon—take their audience into mysterious, meaningful, and exotic corners of our country. The event will celebrate the November publication of A Certain Somewhere: Writers on the Places they Remember (Random House), an anthology in which writers reflect on the qualities that make a place unique—and how those qualities, in many parts of America, are now under threat.
The forum, hosted by Washington College's C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, will fittingly be held in Chestertown—Maryland's historic colonial Chesapeake seaport—which has been a rallying point for the small-town historic-preservation movement in America. For more than 10 years, the town has been fighting the nation's longest-running battle against Wal-Mart, which has been trying to build a 107,000-square-foot store near Chestertown's colonial center. (Just last week, an appeals court upheld the town's preliminary victory against the retail giant.)
But the discussion on November 18 will range far beyond the Eastern Shore: from novelist Thomas Mallon's tribute to a hidden corner of New York, to Washington Post columnist Michael Dirda's memories of the gritty Ohio town where he grew up, to Ann Beattie's celebration of the acid-green-and-pink garishness of her adoptive home, Key West. These authors' essays, like the others in the collection A Certain Somewhere, originally appeared in Preservation, the award-winning magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
“SOMEWHERE OFF THE INTERSTATE,” moderated by Robert Wilson, editor of A Certain Somewhere, will be held Monday, November 18, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in Washington College's Hynson Lounge. The public is invited to this free event. A book signing will follow. The forum is co-sponsored by the College's O'Neill Literary House, Sophie Kerr Committee, and Preservation magazine.
The five participating authors were selected because of their special gift for writing about places:
Ann Beattie—“one of the most talked-about writers of the past two decades,” according to the Associated Press—is the author of more than a dozen books, including such novels as Picturing Will, Another You, and Chilly Scenes of Winter, as well as the recent short-story collection Perfect Recall: New Stories (Simon & Schuster, 2002). Beattie has been a frequent contributor to The New Yorker since selling the magazine her first short story at the age of 25 in 1974. She lives in Maine, Charlottesville, VA, and Key West.
James Conaway, an essayist, travel writer and editor, is the author of 10 books. The latest, The Far Side of Eden: New Money, Old Land and the Battle for Napa Valley, was published in October by Houghton Mifflin. Conaway, the former Washington editor of Harper's, was recently appointed editor-in-chief of Preservation. He lives in Washington, DC.
Wayne Curtis, an accomplished travel writer and essayist, is a contributing editor of Preservation, as well as a frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly. His offbeat and engaging essays have covered topics from the architectural flourishes on Las Vegas casinos, to the harvesting of icebergs, to the last surviving tiki bars. He has written for Frommer's travel guides and for the Discovery Channel, and lives in Peaks Island, ME.
Michael Dirda, winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, has been an editor and columnist for the Washington Post Book World for more than 20 years. The New York Observer has called him “the best book critic in America.” A past Fulbright fellow with a Ph.D. from Cornell University, Dirda is the author of the collection Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments. He lives in Washington, DC.
Thomas Mallon is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Dewey Defeats Truman, Henry and Clara, and Two Moons, as well as nonfiction books that include Stolen Words and, most recently, Mrs. Paine's Garage: And the Murder of John F. Kennedy. As a critic, he has contributed to many publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and GQ, where he served as literary editor. John Updike has called him “one of the most interesting American novelists at work.” He lives in Westport, CT.
Moderator Robert Wilson, editor of the anthology A Certain Somewhere: Writers on the Places They Remember, was the editor of Preservation magazine from 1996 to 2002. Under his stewardship, the magazine won many awards, including the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He is the former literary editor of Civilization magazine and has contributed essays and reviews to many publications, including The Atlantic Monthly and The American Scholar. He lives in Manassas, VA. “SOMEWHERE OFF THE INTERSTATE” is a program of the 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, the Center explores the early republic, the rise of democracy, and the manifold ways in which the founding era continues to shape the fabric of American culture. The Center is interdisciplinary, encouraging the study of traditional history alongside new approaches, and seeking to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large. The Center pursues excellence in the writing and teaching of American history at all levels, and will also develop a leading role in the study of the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay. For more information about C. V. Starr Center events and programs, visit the Center online or call 410-810-7156.

The People Have Spoken, But What Did They Say? E. J. Dionne Examines The 2002 Election Results November 19

Chestertown, MD, November 5, 2002 — Washington College's Goldstein Program in Public Affairs presents “THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: WHAT DID THEY SAY? AN ANALYSIS OF THE NOVEMBER 2002 ELECTIONS,” a lecture by E. J. Dionne, Jr., Washington Post syndicated columnist and Senior Fellow with The Brookings Institution, Tuesday, November 19, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Recognized by readers for his incisive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of competing political philosophies, Dionne believes America is about to enter a new progressive era of reform in government and renewed civic activism. Dionne spent 14 years with the New York Times, reporting on state and local government, national politics, and from around the world, and was praised for his coverage of the Vatican. In 1990, Dionne joined The Washington Post to cover national politics. His best-selling book, Why Americans Hate Politics, was published in 1991 and won The Los Angeles Times book prize. He began his op-ed column for The Post in 1993, and it is now syndicated to more than 90 newspapers. He has been a regular commentator on politics on television and radio. His second book, They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era, was published in 1996. He is the editor of Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America (Brookings Press, 1998), and What's God Got to Do with the American Experiment (Brookings Press, 2000), co-edited with John DiIulio, Jr. He co-edited Bush v. Gore (Brookings Press, 2000) with William Kristol, and, most recently, Sacred Places, Civic Purposes: Should Government Help Faith-Based Charity? with Ming Hsu Chen (Brookings Press, 2001). In 1994-95, Dionne was a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and in May 1996, he joined the Brookings Institution as a senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program. His work at Brookings includes chairing, with Jean Bethke Elshtain of the University of Chicago, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Mary and their three children.
This lecture is sponsored by Washington College's Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, established in honor of the late Louis L. Goldstein, a 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.

Monday, November 4, 2002

Averting War, Defeating Terror: Townsend Hoopes To Discuss Mideast Dilemmas November 12

Chestertown, MD, November 4, 2002 — Washington College's C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience presents “MIDDLE EAST DILEMMAS,” a lecture by Townsend Hoopes, Senior Fellow of Washington College and a recognized authority on foreign policy and international security. The talk will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. in the Casey Academic Center Forum. The event is free and the public is invited to attend this timely and important discussion.
Hoopes will address two challenges currently facing U.S. foreign policymakers: the need to destroy the al Qaeda network and the concurrent need to forge workable, peaceful relations between the West and the majority of Islam. Hoopes regards Iraq as a problem, but not an urgent threat to U.S. security. He believes a preemptive war aimed at removing Saddam Hussein would further inflame ant-American feeling in the Arab world, quite possibly overturn U.S. allies in the region, and undermine the prospects for holding together an effective coalition against al Qaeda. In his view, the U.S. must make a determined new effort, in concert with other major nations, to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, which remains the root cause of destructive anti-Americanism in the Middle East and throughout the Muslim world.
Hoopes has had a long career in government service and as a partner in the international consulting firm of Cresap, McCormick and Paget. From 1965 to 1967 he served as Principal Deputy for International Security Affairs at the Pentagon and later as Under Secretary of the Air Force (1967-69). Subsequently, he served as President of the Association of American Publishers, Co-Chairman of Americans for SALT, and Director of the American Committee on U.S.-Soviet Relations. He is author of numerous works on international affairs and contemporary history, including The Limits of Intervention (Vietnam War), The Devil and John Foster Dulles, and Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal (coauthored with Douglas Brinkley), which won the 1992 Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize. Townsend Hoopes on Arms Control, a collection of his essays and speeches, was published in 1987, and FDR and the Creation of the UN (coauthored with Brinkley) was published in 1997.
The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience offers many lectures on American history, culture and politics. Contact Kees deMooy, Program Manager for the C.V. Starr Center, at 410-810-7156, or visit for a list of upcoming events and lectures.