St. Mary's College of Maryland

Upcoming Events

Tuesday - Wednesday
April 23 - 24
Patuxent Defense
Forum 2013:
"Rivalries and Conflicts
in the South China Sea:
How Can the U.S. Promote
Greater Stability?
8:00 am
Cole Cinema

Recent Events:

Thursday, April 18 2013
The Legitimate Role of Government
in a Free Society
Lectures on Liberty
Lecture by Walter E. Williams
George Mason University
4:00 pm | Cole Cinema
Co-sponsored with
Lectures and Fine Arts Committee
Departments of Economics,
Political Science, History
and the Economics Club

    Wednesday, April 17 2013
    2013 Maryland
    Legislative Wrap-Up
    1:00 pm
    Daughtery Palmer Commons
    St. Mary's County delegates
    John Bohanan (D) and
    Anthony O'Donnell (R)
    will offer their assessment of
    the 2013 Session of the
    Maryland General Assembly

Friday, April 5 2013
Margaret Brent Lecture: 
"Notes to My Daughter: On Becoming A Woman"
Lecture by Elsa Walsh
Author, New Yorker contributor
5:30 pm | St. Mary's Hall
Co-sponsored with 
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Thursday, March 28
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade:
Where Economists
Get it Right, and Wrong
Lecture by George DeMartino
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
6:00 pm | Cole Cinema

    Tuesday, March 26
    Global Economic Integration
    After the Great Recession,
    and the
    Importance of Free Trade
    with Simon Lester
    of the CATO Institute
    5:30 pm | Cole Cinema

Monday, February 25
The Future of Fracking
in the Chesapeake
5:30 PM | St. Mary's Hall
Co - sponsored with the
St. Mary's River
Watershed Association
League of Women Voters
of St. Mary's County
and the
Natural Science and
Mathematics Colloquium
A discussion of gas
extraction on the
East Coast and the
new gas revolution
associated with fracking

Program Highlight

William Donald Schaefer

Internship for Government Service


A tribute to Governor Schaefer's many contributions to St. Mary's College and the State of Maryland, the Schaefer Internship for Government Service aims to allow undergraduates hands on experience in public policy with the hope that they will be inspired to choose public service as a calling.  



Student Spotlight

St. Mary's Votes!

St. Mary's Votes!

Since its inception in 2004, the club has registered over 850 young people to vote in State and National elections. In 2008, the club expanded its role in civic engagement to include working as election and poll judges during primary and general elections.


History of Support

2007 -- The Center receives a second, three year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to promote international programs at St. Mary's College and to develop the Democracy Studies minor.

2006 -- The Center meets its Year 2 NEH challenge grant hurdle by raising $425,000.

2005 -- The Center meets its Year 1 NEH challenge grant hurdle by raising $125,000.

2004 -- The Center and Historic St. Mary's City are awarded $148,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks in American History program. Funding will allow ninety K-12 teachers to come to St. Mary's for two weeks during the summer 2005 to study "Life, Liberty, and Opportunity: The Struggle of Freedom in Tidewater Maryland: 1634-1865."

2004 -- The Center kicks off its challenge grant period with contributions from the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, the Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Thomas and Helen Daugherty, Ben Bradlee and the alumni and friends of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

2004 -- The Center is awarded a $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) We the People challenge grant. The Center has until the end of 2008 to raise $1.5 million to meet the grant.

2003 -- Center receives a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct international student exchanges between St. Mary's College of Maryland and the developing democratic countries of Senegal, The Gambia, Brazil, and Thailand.

2002 – The Mellon Foundation provides a planning grant, enabling the College to assess prospects for its International Education Program, the focus of which is to bring foreign students from emerging democracies to the United States to study democratic principles.

2002 – A grant from the Library of Congress allows the Center to implement the Library’s Leadership Program, in this case enabling 20 Russian leaders to come to Maryland to study democracy in American government and society.

2001 – Terry Meyerhoff Rubenstein, trustee of the College and executive vice president of the Joseph Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, contributes the launch gift to the Center. Part of the contribution is for the William Donald Schaefer internship Program for Government Service.

2001 – Trustee Tom Daugherty and his wife, Professor Helen Ginn Daugherty, pledge an endowed chair in the social and historical sciences; this faculty chair will be of particular importance to the Center. Prior to the completion of the endowment an annual stipend of $10,000 per year to support a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Democracy.

2001 – Important gifts in support of both the Center and the Schaefer Internship Program for Government Service are received from the following: Baltimore philanthropist Henry Rosenberg; College trustees William Donald Schaefer and Thomas Penfield Jackson; prominent Maryland businessman Brice Phillips and his wife, Shirley; and Robert Stewart, father of alumna Eleanor Stewart ’98.

Aerial view of St. Mary's College of Maryland campus

St. Mary's College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001