Adam Goodheart, director of Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, will discuss the Revolutionary–era origins of America’s liberal arts colleges on May 23 at the Talbot Country Club in Easton.
Goodheart will present his talk “America Goes to College” at the event, which is open to the public for a fee of $15 and includes a reception that begins at 5:30 p.m. He will discuss why independent liberal arts colleges were radical new American institutions when the first ones were created – and none more so than Washington College, the first institution of higher learning chartered in the United States, just months after the nation won its independence on the battlefield. Goodheart will tell a little-known story of how the American Revolution launched a revolution in higher education, with a central chapter unfolding on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Goodheart is director of Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, an institute that fosters innovative approaches to the nation’s history and culture. A historian, essayist, and journalist, he is the author of the New York Times bestselling book 1861: The Civil War Awakening. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, Politico, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. He lives in Washington, D.C., and on the Eastern Shore.
Goodheart will be joined at the event by Washington College alumni who are making an impact on the Eastern Shore through work in education, community service, and nonprofit leadership. Washington College and Talbot Country Club are co-sponsoring the presentation at 6142 Country Club Drive in Easton. The $15 fee pays for the reception and admittance, and is payable by credit card or check to Talbot Country Club at the event. Washington College is not accepting payments. Please RSVP by May 16 to Victoria Corcoran at 410-778-7805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.