The Maryland Humanities Council Welcomes Two New Board Members

The Maryland Humanities Council is pleased to announce the additions of Adam Goodheart and Darcey Schoeninger to the MHC Board of Directors. 

Adam Goodheart is the Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland. The C.V. StarrCenter is an interdisciplinary institution dedicated to promoting innovative approaches toAmerica’s past and present, and especially to fostering the literary art of historical writing; its programs include the Patrick Henry Fellowships (supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the George Washington Book Prize, one of the nation’s largest literary awards. Historian, critic, and essayist, Goodheart writes for many national publications, including the New York Times, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and The American Scholar. He has appeared as well on NPR, PBS Television, CNN, C-SPAN, among other broadcast outlets. He is the creator and series director of the American Pictures Distinguished Lectures, an innovative partnership with the Smithsonian American Art Museumand the National Portrait Gallery. Goodheart was founder, senior editor, and columnist atCivilization, the magazine of the Library of Congress. A former editorial board member at The American Scholar, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s quarterly, he continues to serve as a contributing editor. He serves in the same capacity at Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and at Travel & Leisure. He is a member of the Board of Incorporators at Harvard Magazine and the Board of Contributors at USA Today. Goodheart’s work has been widely anthologized, and has won the Lowell Thomas Award of the Society of American Travel Writers in 2004, the Henry Lawson Award for Travel Writing in 2005, and the A.D. Emmart Award for distinguished writing in the humanities in 2007. A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Harvard, Goodheart lives in Centreville. 

Darcey Schoeninger, a gubernatorial appointee, has been the Executive Director of the Queen Anne’s Arts Council since 1996, where she has developed strong local individual, business, and community partnerships. At the same time she has served the Maryland State Arts Council as an application review panelist for the Community Arts Development Program. She has served on the Governor’s Art Salute panel twice, to select artists, businesses, and individuals for this award. In addition to developing Upper Eastern Shore program initiatives, she has led board retreats for Maryland arts organizations and has been recognized for her outreach efforts with the developmentally disabled community. Schoeninger is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, where she studied anthropology, and she did graduate work in anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Born in San Jose, California, Schoeninger now lives in Centreville. 

“The Maryland Humanities Council is very pleased to welcome Darcey and Adam to the Board. They not only offer us a perspective from the Eastern Shore, but also a long-standing commitment to engaging the public in the arts and humanities. We also hope to draw on their outstanding record as scholars and community leaders,” said MHC Executive Director Phoebe Stein Davis. 

The Maryland Humanities Council is a statewide, educational, nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The purpose of the Council is to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders.