Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Student Photography Exhibited At Corcoran College Of Art And Design

"An Exhibition of Student Photography"
March 22-April 2
Off-White Walls Gallery
Corcoran College of Art and Design
500 17th Street NW
Washington DC 20001
Washington College Department of Art and The Friends of the Arts present "An Exhibition of Student Photography". Student work will be exhibited in the Off-White Walls Gallery at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. The exhibition includes traditional black-and-white photography and other photographic imagery using alternative processes. The exhibition was organized by Jennifer O'Neill, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

International Sports Day At Washington College

THURSDAY, April 8th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Campus Green!
Skilled Professionals* will be out and loaded up with energy and with all the equipment you need to have a blast on a fine spring day. Finish up with your advising. Finish up with your Casey Time and come out and play!
*Skilled professionals = cool students

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Washington College Adds Guadalajara, Mexico To Study Abroad Programs

Chestertown, MD, March 23, 2004 — In response to the growing demand from today's college students for global educational opportunities, Washington College has added the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico to its selection of 42 study abroad programs in 26 countries. The new program in Mexico offers students both formal studies and community outreach opportunities for an applied, engaged learning experience.
“This is a great program for students studying Spanish, international studies, business, or Latin American history and culture,” said Professor Tahir Shad, director of Washington College's International Studies Program. “Students should have some Spanish language skills before they go, but the school has a well-established intensive language program ready to prepare students for immersion in the university and the Mexican culture.”
Founded in 1935, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara is the second largest university in Mexico and offers 50 undergraduate majors, including arts, international relations, economics, psychology, education, Spanish language and literature, law, engineering, and health sciences. Costs for the program are met for Washington College students through a prearranged tuition exchange program.
With a mix of cultural heritage and modernism, urban sensibilities and rural heritage, the university's hometown of Guadalajara is Mexico's second largest city, located in the state of Jalisco, which is known for its spring-like climate and as the epicenter of Mexican culture. Students can take advantage of Guadalajara's rich cultural resources and nearby attractions such as Puerto Vallarta, Chapala (the largest lake in Mexico), the town of Tequila, and the historic colonial city of Guanajuato.
While abroad, students have the opportunity to take a large array of subjects, not always offered at Washington College. The university's International Language Center is equipped with modern multimedia facilities for language instruction, and for students with a special interest in Spanish and Latin American culture, the Center offers several study options such as intensive Spanish courses, a Spanish and culture program, and Spanish courses for special purposes such as Business Spanish and Spanish for Physicians.
Housing for students, prearranged through the university's International Exchange Department, is with approved families who offer room and board to international students. By living with a family, students can practice their Spanish, learn more about Mexican culture, and experience first-hand a different way of life.
Interested students should contact Kelly Keer, Administrator of International and Diversity Affairs, at 410-778-7762, or via e-mail:

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Blogging And Slogging In 2004: Howard Dean To Speak At Washington College, April 13

Chestertown, MD, March 23, 2004 — Washington College's Harwood Program in American Journalism presents former Democratic presidential candidacy contender, HOWARD DEAN, Tuesday, April 13, at 5 p.m. in the College's Tawes Theatre. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
From blogs to meet-ups, from Deaniacs to disgruntled Democrats, Howard Dean has carved out a niche and built a new base in the world of national campaigning that likely will continue to challenge the steady-as-you-go Democratic machine and Washington-insider politics through this election cycle and for many to come.
A graduate of Yale and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Dean began his political career as a state volunteer for Jimmy Carter's reelection, and in 1982 was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. In 1986 he was elected lieutenant governor for the first of three terms in that position until assuming the governorship in 1991 after the death Governor Richard Snelling. Dean went on to serve five gubernatorial terms in Vermont. In May 2002, he first announced his intent to run for the presidency, formalizing it in June 2003 and campaigning on a platform that emphasized healthcare for all, fiscal responsibility and opposition to the war in Iraq. Dean's strident manner and left-of-center positions resonated with younger voters and with Democrats disillusioned with the party's centrist turn. While his supporters connected via the Internet, organized local meet-ups, and rallied around the issues, the media and his political opponents on the right and left focused on Dean's electability in the current political climate.
After fairing poorly in the primaries, Dean officially dropped out of the race on February 18, but he is not fading from the national political scene. On March 17, Dean announced the formation of his new organization, Democracy for America, which aims to strengthen and sustain grassroots involvement in the democratic process, hold politicians to a higher standard of honesty and openness about their policy choices, fight for progressive policies and battle far right-wing politics.
“Today, half of Americans don't even bother to vote,” said Dean. “People see what the problems are, but they are cynical about the system and prospects for change. Only through acting will people recognize the power they have to change this country.”
Although the primary season found him lagging behind John Kerry and other Democratic contenders, no candidate has done more to bring grassroots campaigning and fundraising into the Internet age than Howard Dean.
Howard Dean's visit is sponsored by Washington College's Harwood Lecture Series in American Journalism, established to honor the distinguished career of the late Washington Post columnist and ombudsman Richard Harwood, who served as a trustee and a lecturer in journalism at the College. Recent speakers in the series have included such political and media figures as Robert Novak, John McCain, James Carville, Judy Woodruff, Al Hunt, Mark Shields and Paul Gigot.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Tall Ships And Trials At Sea: Captain Dan Parrott On Baltimore Clippers, April 1

Chestertown, MD, March 22, 2004 — Washington College's C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and Sultana Projects, Inc., as part of the Maritime Lecture Series, present “Baltimore Clippers: Then and Now,” a lecture by Daniel S. Parrott, former captain of the Pride of Baltimore II and author of Tall Ships Down, Thursday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. A booksigning will follow the lecture.
Parrott is a professional mariner with more than 20 years of experience sailing tall ships all over the world. Holding ocean masters licenses from the United States and Australia, Parrott has served as master for numerous vessels, including Pride of Baltimore II, Harvey Gamage, Bill of Rights and Tole Mour. He holds a master's degree in maritime affairs from the University of Rhode Island and is the author of the critically acclaimed book,Tall Ships Down, which chronicles the final, disastrous voyages of five contemporary tall ships: Pamir (1957), Albatross (1961),Marques (1984), Pride of Baltimore (1986) and Maria Asumpta(1995). Parrott's lecture will trace the evolution of the Baltimore Clipper design from its origins in the early 19th century to the reproductions in use today. In addition, he will discuss the human and technological challenges of building and sailing historical reproductions of tall ships and his view that recent tall ship tragedies at sea that have been deemed acts of god probably resulted from an ignorance or neglect of age-old practices of seamanship.
The Maritime Lecture Series is sponsored by 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 and Chestertown—in partnership with Sultana Projects, Inc., an organization that provides unique, hands-on educational experiences in colonial history and environmental science on board its reproduction 18th century schooner, Sultana.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Ambassador Joseph Wilson Discusses Iraq War And The Road Ahead, March 25

Chestertown, MD, March 16, 2004 — Washington College's C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs present Ambassador Joseph Wilson lecturing on “The Mess in Iraq and the Way Ahead,” Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Washington College. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Called by President George H. W. Bush “a true American hero,” Ambassador Joseph Wilson has been involved in international politics for more than twenty years. As the acting U.S. ambassador in Iraq during Operation Desert Shield, the massive U.S. buildup in Saudi Arabia after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, Wilson was responsible for freeing 150 American hostages seized by Iraq. He was the last American official to meet with Hussein before the first Gulf War.
During his highly-decorated career, Wilson held many senior government posts, including Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council in the Clinton administration, responsible for the coordination of U.S. policy to the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa. He was a principal architect of President Clinton's historic trip to Africa in March 1998 and a leading proponent of the Africa Trade Bill.
Wilson is now at the center of a major political maelstrom involving the White House, the C.I.A. and the second Gulf War in Iraq. In 2002, at the request of Vice President Dick Cheney, Wilson was assigned by the C.I.A. to investigate claims that Saddam Hussein was seeking to acquire uranium from Niger for the purpose of advancing his nuclear program. When his investigation turned up nothing, Wilson reported back to officials in Washington that there was no basis for the claims.
Surprised that President Bush repeated the claim, most famously in his 2003 State of the Union address, Wilson wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the Bush administration had exaggerated the public case for invading Iraq. One week later, Wilson's wife, Valerie Wilson (née Plame) was exposed by the conservative columnist Robert Novak as a clandestine CIA operative, reputedly by a White House source.
Wilson was a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Service from 1976 through 1998. His assignments included Niger, Togo, South Africa, Burundi, Congo and Germany. He was Political Advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of United States Armed Forces, Europe, and U.S. Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe from 1992 to 1995. From 1988 to 1991, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
Wilson's awards include the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, the University of California, Santa Barbara Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the American Foreign Service Association William R. Rivkin Award. He is the 2003 recipient of the Ron Ridenhour Award for Truth-Telling, awarded to an individual or organization that has brought an important issue to light.
Wilson manages JCWilson International Ventures, Corporation, a consulting firm specializing in strategic management and international business development. He is also an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C.
The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is 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.
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Success And The Art Of Adherence, Lecture March 29 At Washington College

Chestertown, MD, March 16, 2004 — Washington College's Students in Free Enterprise, the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society and the Campus Events and Visitors Committee present “Sticking to It: The Art of Adherence,” a lecture by Lee J. Colan, president of the L Group, Inc, Monday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public, and the first 50 people to arrive will receive a free copy of Colan's companion book, Sticking to It: The Art of Adherence.
Have you ever thought that business success is not just having talent, a popular product or a great idea, but a method? Lee J. Colan, Ph.D., author of Sticking to It: The Art of Adherence, believes in the simple maxim that the game of business is won by those who execute their strategies. While the challenges today's leaders face are always changing, the formula for winning remains the same: a focus on “how” more than “what.” Having a strategy gets you in the game, according to Colan, but execution gets you in the winner's circle. Sticking to It teaches the methods for follow-through, keeping a team on track and the practical steps that lead to business success. Joseph A. Bosch, Chief People Officer of Pizza Hut Corporation, said: “Sticking to It: The Art of Adherence will work in any company because Colan's strategies are grounded in real organizations and in the reality of human nature—not the theoretical. His passion for ‘keeping it simple' gives leaders confidence they can successfully create positive change.”
Founder and president of the Dallas-based consulting firm, L Group, Inc., Colan has more than 20 years under his belt as an organizational effectiveness consultant. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in industrial/organizational psychology from George Washington University and has built a track record of successfully managing rapid organizational change and helping leaders and their organizations to grow.
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Monday, March 15, 2004

Shark Hunting In Montana And Early Vertebrate Evolution, Lecture March 25

Chestertown, MD, March 15, 2004 — The Washington College Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, as part of its Women in Science Lecture Series, presents “Snorkeling a Paleozoic Bay: Shark Fishing in Montana,” a lecture by Eileen Grogan, a Washington College 1984 alumna now associate professor of biology at Saint Joseph's University, Thursday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public.
After completing her bachelor of science in biology at Washington College in 1984, Dr. Grogan received her M.S. in biology from Adelphi University in 1988 and her Ph.D. in marine science from the College of William and Mary in 1993. She has taught at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia since 1994.
Her research interest, and the focus of her talk, is the origin and evolution of early chondrichthyes (cartilage fish, such as sharks) and their connection to early vertebrate evolution.
The talk is sponsored by the Washington College Sigma Xi chapter, which was officially installed in April 2001. Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is an international, non-profit membership society of more than 80,000 scientists and engineers elected to the Society because of their research achievements or potential. In addition to publishing the journal American Scientist, Sigma Xi awards annual grants to promising young researchers, holds forums on critical issues at the intersection of science and society, and sponsors a variety of programs supporting science and engineering, science education, science policy, and the public understanding of science. The College's affiliation allows faculty and students to advance scientific education and research through grants; to fund faculty and student projects, travel awards and conferences; and to sponsor visiting scientists and collaborative research with other institutions.
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Human Rights Awareness Week, March 15-19: Speakers And Events

Chestertown, MD, March 15, 2004 — All members of the community are invited to attend these free events organized by the Washington College chapter of Amnesty International.

Monday, March 15

Movie: Rabbit-Proof Fence, Casey Academic Center Forum, 7-9:30 p.m. Set in Australia in 1931, Rabbit-Proof Fence tells the story of an Australian government policy that required “half-caste” children (whose mothers were Aboriginal and whose fathers were white) to be taken from their homes by the authorities to be trained to work as servants. Based on the true story of Molly Craig, Philip Noyce's film follows the odyssey of three young girls who escaped from the government's training facility and, using the country's long stretches of rabbit-proof fences as their guide, walked 1500 miles to get back home.

Tuesday, March 16

Talk: “The Repression of the Tibetan Freedom Movement In China: A Former Political Prisoner Speaks Out,” Casey Academic Center Forum, 7:30 p.m. Ms. Ngawang Sangdrol, a former political prisoner from Tibet, will be speaking about her experiences in China. Born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1978 into a family of Tibetan patriots, she has been imprisoned three times by Chinese authorities for “counterrevolutionary crime” and suffered both physical and psychological torture for her political and religious beliefs.

Wednesday, March 17

Exhibition: Amnesty International will remember the atrocities committed in Ireland through a visual display in the Casey Academic Center Gallery.

Thursday, March 18

Talk: “The Women of Juarez: Ten Years of Murder in Mexico,” Hynson Lounge, 7:30 p.m. Ms. Mona Cadena, Field Organizer for the Amnesty International USA Mid-Atlantic Office, will be speaking on the femicide (murder of women) in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Since 1993, at least 370 women from Juarez have been murdered.

Friday, March 19

Casey Academic Center Gallery, 11a.m.-1 p.m. Amnesty International members will display information about several different issues that they have been working on and studying throughout the year.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Starr Center Announces Spring Lectures In American History, Culture And Contemporary Issues

Chestertown, MD, March 10, 2004 — Washington College's C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience announces a full season of speakers for spring, addressing colonial to contemporary American history and culture. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Ambassador Joseph Wilson, “The Mess in Iraq and the Way Ahead.”

Thursday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Hynson Lounge. Ambassador Wilson has led a highly decorated career in the Foreign Service, and as the active ambassador to Iraq, he was the last American to meet with Saddam Hussein before the first Gulf War. He became the senior Africa expert on the National Security Council and planned President Clinton's trip in 1998. Shortly after debunking the White House claims of uranium sales from Niger to Iraq in 2003, his wife was exposed as a CIA operative. Wilson is the author of The Politics of Truth, which will be released in May. This talk is co-sponsored by the Washington College Goldstein Program in Public Affairs.

Captain Dan Parrott, “Baltimore Clippers: Then and Now.”

Thursday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Hynson Lounge. Dan Parrott is a former captain of Pride of Baltimore II and the author of Tall Ships Down, a critically acclaimed book about disasters at sea. Parrott, assistant professor at the Maine Maritime Academy, will chart the history of the Baltimore Clipper from its introduction on the Chesapeake to the reproductions in use today. This talk is part of the ongoing Maritime Lecture Series, co-sponsored by Sultana Projects, Inc.

Adam Goodheart, “Two Pirate Ships at Point Comfort: New Discoveries on America's First Slaves.”

Thursday, April 15, 7:00 p.m., Hynson Lounge. In the summer of 1619—a year before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock— two corsairs, one Dutch and one English, sailed into the mouth of the Chesapeake and anchored near the mouth of the James River. Among the pirates' cargo were some two dozen Africans, the first slaves to arrive in the Virginia Colony. Drawing on research for a book he is writing on the history of slavery, C.V. Starr Fellow Adam Goodheart will describe recent discoveries that illuminate the lives of these first African-Americans and their strange, violent and eventful journey to the New World.

Walter Isaacson, “Benjamin Franklin and America's Values.”

Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Hynson Lounge. Isaacson is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, a critically acclaimed biography of one of America's formative intellects. A brilliant inventor, charming diplomat and complicated visionary, Franklin—more than anyone else in the founding period—created the archetype of the American “self-made” man. Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time and CEO of Time Warner, is the director of the Aspen Institute and is the author of Kissinger and co-author of The Wise Men.

David Steinberg, “Peale's Artist in His Museum and the Nineteenth Century Emblem Problem.”

Friday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., Casey Academic Center Forum. Known primarily as a portrait painter, Maryland-born Peale created the first museum of cultural and natural history in America. David Steinberg will explore the intersection of central problems in visual representation, theology and natural science through one of Peale's most famous paintings. Steinberg is a Visiting Scholar at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. This lecture is part of the Starr Center's American Pictures Series and is co-sponsored by the Washington College Department of Art.
These spring lectures are sponsored by 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 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. News about upcoming events is available online at, or by calling Program Manager Kees de Mooy at 410-810-7156.
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Rural Communities, Sustainable Agriculture Topics Of March Lectures At Washington College

Chestertown, MD, March 10, 2004 — Washington College's Center for Environment and Society has organized two lectures in March that address citizen leadership and the sustainable future of rural, agricultural communities.
“These are vitally important issues for our region,” said Dr. Wayne Bell, director of the Center, which recently completed the pilot year of the Rural Communities Leadership Program. “Like never before, the rural economy and natural resources of the Eastern Shore are feeling the pressures of development. It is my hope that these lectures inspire citizens to examine these issues more deeply and to discuss alternative visions and strategies to better take advantage of such changes to preserve rural communities and the working landscapes on which they depend.”
On Tuesday, March 16, Dr. Jean Richardson, former director of Environmental Programs/ Partnerships in Communities (EPIC) in Vermont, will discuss “Leadership and Community: Taking Hold of Your Future,” in a free public lecture at 4:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. A professor emerita of environmental studies, natural resources and geography at the University of Vermont, Richardson is an expert on sustainable rural community development, environmental negotiation and leadership and regional analysis. As director of the EPIC, a project of the UVM Environmental Program funded in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Richardson worked with local communities to develop the leadership, resources and vision to rebuild the institutional, economic and human fabric of rural areas. Her book, Partnerships in Communities: Reweaving the Fabric of Rural America (Island Press, 2000) shares lessons gained through her directorship of EPIC and is a handbook for supporting economically and ecologically sustainable agriculture, setting forth comprehensive strategies for locally-based, self-directed community development.
On Thursday, March 25, at 12 noon in the College's Hynson Lounge, the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning (WC-ALL), in cooperation with the Center for Environment and Society and Chesapeake Fields Institute, will host the Learn-at-Lunch presentation, “Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Community,” with Dr. Frederick Kirschenmann, director of Iowa State University's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Reservations are required for the luncheon lecture. Individual tickets are $9.50 for WC-ALL members and $12 for non-members. For information and reservations, call Anne Singer at WC-ALL, 410-778-7221. Deadline for reservations is March 22.
Kirschenmann is an advocate for land stewardship and has been hailed as a leader of the organic/sustainable agriculture movement. He has received many national and international appointments, including one to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Standards Board, and his writings have appeared in various books focused on ethics and agriculture. As much a farmer as a philosopher, Kirschenmann is also president of Kirschenmann Family Farms, a 3,500-acre certified organic farm in North Dakota.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Washington College Announces Tuition Increase For 2004-2005

Chestertown, MD, March 2, 2004 — Washington College's Board of Visitors and Governors announced at its February meeting a tuition increase of $1,750, bringing the total cost of tuition to $25,990 per year for full-time students. In addition, other basic charges will increase by $260 over those for the current year. The new rates will be effective for the 2004-2005 academic year.
Under the Board's 2004-2005 plan, basic charges for room will increase by $200 to $2,800, while basic board fees will increase by $60 to $3,200—the first increases in room and board charges for the College in six years. The Student Service Fee will be held constant at $560.
“This year's increase is unusual for Washington College,” said John S. Toll, President of the College. “Over the past three years, the total cost of attendance at Washington College has increased by just $3,500, while the average three-year increase at our peer institutions has been $4,925. We have kept this year's increase to 6.58 percent—as low as we possibly can without forcing the institution to compromise core programs and services for our students.”
Despite the significant achievements of the Campaign for Washington's College, Toll added, there is much work to be done and more challenges ahead as Washington College strives to remain competitive with the nation's top liberal arts institutions.
“As the intrinsic value of the education that we provide our students rises, so does the cost of providing the unique opportunities that are the distinguishing marks of the Washington College experience,” Toll said. “Hiring new faculty, enhancing computer technology capabilities, expanding internship opportunities, renovating student residence halls, constructing additional parking lots and recreational sports fields, as well as the climbing price of utilities such as heating fuel, are just a few of the factors that determine tuition and fees for the coming year.”
Although today's college tuition costs can appear daunting, Toll noted, he assures prospective students and their parents that Washington College's Office of Student Financial Aid stands ready to counsel students and their families about opportunities for scholarships and loans. Through initiatives such as the Washington Scholars Program—which offers guaranteed tuition scholarships of at least $10,000 to students who are members of the National Honor Society—Washington College is working to make independent higher education more accessible and more attractive to today's college-bound students.

Indie Rock Revolution! O.A.R. Plays Washington College, April 24

Chestertown, MD, March 2, 2004 — An Indie Rock Revolution will sweep Washington College Saturday, April 24, when O.A.R.—Of a Revolution—plays the Benjamin A. Johnson Lifetime Fitness Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Washington College students, faculty and staff; $25 for general public in advance; and $30 at the door. Campus tickets sales begin April 5, and students, faculty, and staff may purchase tickets at the Student Affairs Office, Casey Academic Center, from 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. General admission tickets will be available through TICKETMASTER starting April 12.
Freedom, wanderlust, idealism and love—the themes of O.A.R.'s precision-crafted rock have garnered the band a devoted, organically-grown grassroots following and made them one of the most successful indie bands ever.
“A reporter once brilliantly called our music a train wreck of many styles,” said Mark Roberge, O.A.R. guitarist and vocalist, describing the evolution Of a Revolution. “That is what it is. I really do think it's an accidental thing when you've got five guys who like five different kinds of music getting in and playing together. Yeah, you're going to experience a lot of confusion. Within confusion, there's fusion. It works for us.”
O.A.R.'s popularity first exploded when file sharing burst onto the Internet in 2000. In 2001 the band's manager, with full support of the O.A.R., created Everfine Records. This independent record label helped to raise the visibility and profile of the band with their third studio release,Risen, which debuted at Number 11 on the Billboard Top Internet Sales Chart. The following year, their live set, Any Time Now, debuted at Number 156 on Billboard's Top 200 and Number 4 on the Heatseekers chart. In the summer of 2002, O.A.R.'s visibility increased when they joined Sheryl Crow, Train and Ziggy Marley for the Jeep World Outside Festival Tour and found themselves playing to 10,000 to 15,000 fans every night. Now O.A.R. has made the transition to a major label with their Fall 2003 Lava/Everfine Records debut, In Between Now and Then, called “an infectious, joy-filled breezy cruise through rock and folk seasoned with island vibe roots.”
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Inaugural Janson-La Palme Lecture Addresses The Third Dimension In Italian Renaissance Art, March 24

Chestertown, MD, March 2, 2004 — The Washington College Department of Art presents the inaugural Janson-La Palme Annual Distinguished Lecture in European Art History, “Painting and the Third Dimension in Italian Renaissance Art,” a talk by Nicholas Penny, Senior Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m., in the Casey Academic Center Forum. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Nicholas Penny was named Senior Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art in September 2002, shortly before the public opening of the Gallery's 21 newly constructed sculpture galleries on the ground floor of the West Building. Penny assisted in the installation of more than 800 works in the new galleries and continues to oversee the growth of the sculpture department. Prior to joining the National Gallery in 2000, as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Penny served as Clore Curator of Renaissance Painting at the National Gallery in London. From 1984 to 1989, he was keeper of the department of Western art at the Ashmolean Museum and was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford, 1980-1981. His publications include The Materials of Sculpture (Yale University Press, 1993); Raphael, co-authored with the late Roger Jones (Yale University Press, 1983); and Taste and the Antique, co-authored with the late Francis Haskell (Yale University Press, 1981).
In his lecture, Penny will address some aspects of the relationship—and rivalry—between sculpture and painting in the Italian Renaissance. In particular, he will explore the painter's practice of employing studies of different views made from the same model. Artists discussed will include Antonio Pollaiuolo, Perugino, Raphael, Titian and Tintoretto.
The Janson-La Palme Annual Distinguished Lecture in European Art History was established by Washington College Professor Emeritus Robert J. H. Janson-La Palme and his wife, Bayly, to bring internationally known scholars on European art to campus for public lectures and presentations. In his retirement, Dr. Janson-La Palme remains active in historic preservation, participates in national and international conferences in his field, and frequently contributes to Renaissance Quarterly.
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Monday, March 1, 2004

General Barry McCaffrey On The War On Terrorism, March 31 At Washington College

Chestertown, MD, March 1, 2004 — Washington College's William James Forum and Goldstein Program in Public Affairs present retired General Barry McCaffrey, former White House “Drug Czar” and a recognized authority on national security and terrorism, speaking on “The War on Terrorism,” Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
General McCaffrey serves as the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies at the United States Military Academy and is also President of his own consulting firm based in Alexandria, VA. He has been a frequent guest expert in the broadcast media on drug control policy, terrorism and national security, serves as an analyst for NBC News and writes a regularly on national security issues for Armed Forces Journal.
In January 2001, General McCaffrey stepped down as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, a position which he held since 1996. By law, he coordinated the $19.2 billion federal drug control budget and developed the U.S. National Drug Control Strategy. Prior to confirmation as the National Drug Policy Director, General McCaffrey served as the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces Southern Command coordinating national security operations in Latin America. During his military career, he served overseas for 13 years, including four combat tours, and commanded the 24th Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm. At retirement from active duty, he was the most highly decorated four-star general in the United States Army. He twice received the Distinguished Service Cross the nation's second highest medal for valor. He was also awarded two Silver Stars and received three Purple Heart medals for wounds sustained in combat. General McCaffrey served as the assistant to General Colin Powell and as the Joint Chiefs of Staff advisor to the Secretary of State and the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.