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F. Gregory Campbell (PhD 1967, History), the eighteenth president of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, will retire in August 2012 after twenty-five years in office. Under his leadership, full-time student enrollment at the College grew from 800 to 2,500, and the faculty doubled in size. Admission grew more competitive, with 7,000 high school seniors applying for 720 seats in the freshman class of September 2011. During the past decade, Carthage invested more than $130 million in new construction, major renovations, and technological acquisition.

As an historian, Campbell specialized in international relations and Central European history. He was awarded two Fulbright grants, three IREX exchange fellowships with Czechoslovakia, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and a Lewis-Farmington Fellowship at Yale. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and master’s degree from Emory University. Prior to heading to Carthage, Campbell served as special assistant to the president, secretary of the Board of Trustees, and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago.

Over the years, Campbell has chaired civic commissions for both the city and county of Kenosha and for the Kenosha and Racine school districts. He is a trustee of Thrivent Mutual Funds and the Thrivent Variable Products funds. He previously served on the NCAA Division III Presidents Council, as director of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and two terms as chairman of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Nancy Condee (PhD 1978, Slavic Languages and Literatures), professor of Slavic and director of the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, has won the Modern Language Association's Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures for her book, The Imperial Trace: Recent Russian Cinema. The award citation reads, “Nancy Condee brilliantly accomplishes two pressing goals at once. The book is an insightful guide to six major post-Soviet filmmakers whose work it explores aesthetically as a function of cinematic style and cultural ideology and historically as an imaginative response to the decay and collapse of the Soviet Union and to the turbulent post-Soviet aftermath. If the debate on Russia’s imperial and national identities has been dominated by historians and social scientists, then The Imperial Trace insists on the pertinence of cultural production even as it engages in a dialogue across disciplines. Condee succeeds in her goal, not by dissolving each filmmaker into his or her context, but by exploring the more oblique tricks of the imaginative trade by which a work of art ponders, disavows, or transfigures its own time.”

Condee served as chair of the board of directors of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research from 2001 to 2006. She is the editor or coeditor of four volumes: The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov; Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity; Endquote: Sots-Art Literature and Soviet Grand Style; and Soviet Hieroglyphics: Visual Culture in Late Twentieth-Century Russia. Her articles have appeared in the Nation, Sight and Sound, the Washington Post, PMLA, and numerous Russian journals. The Imperial Trace also won the 2010 Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Barbara D. Savage (PhD 1995, History), the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the 2012 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for her book, Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (Harvard University Press, 2008). The prize-winning book introduces important new perspectives on the study of black religion and the political role of African-American churches, said the award director, Susan R. Garrett. “Besides explaining why it is misleading to speak of ‘the black church’ given the enormous diversity among African American congregations, Savage challenges the popular belief that black churches have been prophetic and politically active throughout history,” Garrett said.

The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville jointly present the prize, one of five Grawemeyer Awards given annually. The Grawemeyer Awards were created in 1984 by H. Charles Grawemeyer, a University of Louisville alumnus, with the intent of honoring ideas that make the world a better place. This year's awards carry prizes of $100,000 each.

In addition to her Yale degree, Savage holds a law degree from Georgetown University. A University of Pennsylvania faculty member since 1995, Savage teaches courses on American religious and social reform, twentieth-century African American history, and the relationship between media and politics. She has held administrative posts at Penn’s Center for Africana Studies and previously worked as a staff member in the US Congress. She also served in Yale's Office of General Counsel as Director of Federal Relations while completing her graduate work.

F. Gregory Campbell, Nancy Condee and Barbara Savage