Director of the Starr Center For the Study of the American Experience at Washington College since 2006, Adam Goodheart is also an historian, journalist, critic and the author of The New York Times bestselling book 1861: The Civil War Awakening, published by Alfred A. Knopf in April 2011 to widespread critical acclaim.
Deputy Director of the Starr Center, Patrick Nugent is also a writer, educator, historical tour guide, and Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies. His research and teaching efforts investigate the intersections between place, race, and environment. At Washington College, he teaches environmental and cultural studies in addition to spearheading public history projects focused on the history of the Chesapeake Bay.
An active leader in the Chestertown community, Seikaly led the creation of RiverArts Community Arts Center in 2012 and currently serves on the board as immediate past president. She chairs the Greater Chestertown Initiative and in that position has partnered with the town of Chestertown to win an NEA Our Town public arts planning grant and to win state designation for Chestertown as an Arts & Entertainment District.
Michael Buckley is an accomplished program/arts administrator, journalist and radio documentarian. For the past 20 years, Buckley has hosted a weekly radio program that airs Sunday mornings on 103.1 WRNR-FM Annapolis (www.wrnr.com). His show includes an eclectic mix of music and a widely acclaimed oral history interview series, “Voices of the Chesapeake Bay.” For this series, Buckley has crisscrossed the six-state, 64,000 sq. mile Chesapeake Bay watershed, interviewing over 500 of its residents: farmers, Native Americans, watermen, writers, politicians, and many others.
Erica Fugger is Oral Historian to Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. She is currently developing educational resources and community partnerships for the National Home Front Project, a nationwide initiative recording memories of World War II from the perspective of American civilians.