Roanoke College

Visiting Scholar's Program Offerings Announced


SALEM, Va. — Carol M. Swain, Roanoke College’s Visiting Copenhaver Scholar, will offer several public events during the week of March 13-17. Swain is a 1983 graduate of Roanoke College and is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Swain is the author of several books, including “The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration” (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002) nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and its edited companion “Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism” (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). Swain also is editor of “Race Versus Class: The New Affirmative Action Debate” (University Press of America, 1996), an anthology of student essays.

Swain also is the author of “Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress” (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993, 1995), named one of seven outstanding academic books of 1994 by Library Choice Journal. This publication also received the 1994 Woodrow Wilson prize for best book published in the U. S. on government, politics, or international affairs and the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best Scholarly Book on Congress (1994-1995). It was the co-winner of the V.O. Key Award for best book published on Southern politics.

Swain, formerly a tenured faculty member at Princeton University, is currently Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University. In 2003, Dr. Swain founded the Veritas Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting justice and reconciliation among people of different races, ethnicities, faith traditions, and nations.

Events for Dr. Swain’s visit include:

Monday, March 13
4:30 p.m.    Lecture: “Affirmative Action in Higher Education.”
Colket Center, Kime Meeting Room                                         

Wednesday, March 15
7:30 p.m. Lecture: “The Impact of Illegal Immigration on Historically Disenfranchised Groups.”
Colket Center, Wortmann Ballroom   

Thursday, March 16
4:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner: “Intellectual and Spiritual Journey” Open to public but space is limited.
Colket Center, Pickle Lounge   
Register with Ms. Judi Pinckney ( or 378-5148) by March 10.

Swain was born in Bedford, Va., one of 12 children. Although she never attended high school, she earned a high school equivalency diploma and her first academic degree from Virginia Western Community College. She received a B.A. from Roanoke College, an M.A. from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2000, she was awarded the M.L.S from Yale Law School. She is a foundation member of the Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and a trustee for Roanoke College.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.