President Bush Names Roanoke College Graduate to National Council on Humanities

SALEM, Va. - President George W. Bush has nominated Roanoke College graduate Dr. Carol M. Swain to the National Council on the Humanities, the White House announced. The appointment, subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate later this month, is for a six-year term. Swain, a member of Roanoke's class of 1983, is a member of the Roanoke College Board of Trustees. Swain is a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and a native of the Roanoke region.
"Dr. Swain is one of Roanoke's most distinguished graduates," Roanoke President Michael Maxey said. "Her scholarly work is impressive and highly significant. She will bring considerable talent and expertise to this important assignment for the good of our country."

The National Council on the Humanities is the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.
Swain, whose area of academic interest centers on race relations and representation, immigration and black leadership, was appointed in 2007 to the Tennessee Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

A political independent, Swain teaches a course on Race, Gender and Representation in the Political Process at Vanderbilt Law School, among other classes, and directs the Veritas Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. She recently edited a book of essays called Debating Immigration, published by Cambridge University Press.

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.

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 276 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 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

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Released: January 11, 2008
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