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Tuesday, June 5, 2001
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Knox College Celebrates 156th Commencement

Nancy Dye

In remarks to the Knox College Class of 2001, Nancy Dye, President of Oberlin College, urged Knox graduates to get involved in political, economic, social and environmental issues.

Noting the presence of members of the Class of 1951, who grew up during World War II and graduated at the outset of the Korean War, Dye told this year's graduates, "Your generation is perhaps unique in modern American history, in that it has not been shaped by war, not even a 'cold war'...but the challenges you face will be just as great." Dye said that today's students face two major issues -- environmental sustainability and economic inequality.

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Dye on issues faced by today's graduates (MP3 1:25 840K)
Dye urges students to get involved in politics (MP3 :32 300K)
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Related pages:
List of graduates
Graduates inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
College Honors awarded to graduating seniors

Photos: Nancy Dye (above right), Knox College Choir (below right)

Knox College Choir

Knox awarded 314 bachelor's degrees and four honorary doctorates, in the school's 156th commencement exercises on Saturday, June 2, 2001. Knox awarded honorary degrees to Dye, and to geologist Dwight Crandell, photographer Terry Evans, and historian Maury Klein. Dodging showers, commencement exercises were held on the south lawn of Knox's historic Old Main.

Lane Sunderland, Chancie Booth Ferris Professor of Political Science, received the Caterpillar Foundation Faculty Achievement Award. The award is given annually in honor of outstanding teaching and scholarly activity by a member of the Knox faculty. It is endowed by a gift from the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Illinois.

Founded in 1837, Knox is an independent, four-year, liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with 1,220 students from 47 states and 41 nations. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Nancy Dye

Nancy Dye
Nancy S. Dye, of Oberlin, Ohio, a historian of modern America, is the thirteenth president of Oberlin College. Dye received her bachelor's degree at Vassar College and her M.A. and Ph.D degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Dye has taught at the University of Kentucky, where she was also Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Before coming to Oberlin in 1994, she was Dean of the Faculty and professor of history at Vassar. (Photo right - Download 300 dpi file for publication)

Dye's research interests include the history of American women and American workers. She is the author of two books, "As Equals and As Sisters: Feminism, Trade Unionism, and the New York Women's Trade Union League," and, with Nora Lee Frankel, "Gender, Race and Class in the Progressive Era." Dye's articles, reviews and essays have been published in a number of journals, and she has served on the editorial board of the Journal of American History. Currently, she is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and serves on the boards of Pomona College, the American Council of Education, American Council of Learned Societies, and the KnowledgeWorks Foundation.

Dwight Crandell

Dwight R. Crandell
A Galesburg native, Dwight R. Crandell graduated from Knox College in 1946, following service in the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned his doctorate in geology at Yale University in 1951, then joined the United States Geological Survey, where he studied volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest until his retirement in 1980. Crandell is renowned for devising methods to anticipate hazards from volcanic eruptions. (Photo right - Download 300 dpi file for publication)

Crandell's discoveries of ancient mudflows at Mount Rainier in Washington led to his now-famous scientific article in 1978, warning that Mount St. Helens was likely to erupt within one-hundred years, perhaps as soon as within 25 years, contradicting the widespread belief that the volcano would remain dormant for the next 1,000 years. In 1980, just two years after the article was published, Mount St. Helens became active, and Crandell provided volcanic hazards information to the federal government and local agencies. Upon his retirement, Crandell received the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award. From 1980 to 1990, he continued to study volcanoes as a USGS Scientist Emeritus volunteer.

Terry Evans

Terry Evans
Terry Evans, of Chicago, is a photographer acclaimed for her exploration and documentation of American prairies, their ecology, use, abandonment, and recovery. A native of Kansas, Evans earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Kansas and began her career with a photographic exploration of prairies and rural communities in the state. Using both ground and aerial photography, she continues to look for patterns and relationships within natural and human communities. (Photo right - Download 300 dpi file for publication)

Evans exhibits and lectures widely, and her photographs have appeared in numerous one-person and group exhibitions. Her works are held in such major collections as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Evans' photographs are the subject of a monograph, "Prairie: Images of Ground and Sky"; her most recent books are "The Inhabited Prairie" and "Disarming the Prairie." She is currently completing an aerial survey of prairies from Canada to Texas, supported by a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Maury Klein

Maury Klein
A Knox College graduate, Maury Klein of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, is one of the nation's leading railroad historians. He has written twelve books, three of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Klein is also a noted scholar in the field of business history and has written several books on the "robber barons" of the nineteenth century, including Jay Gould and E.H. Harriman. Klein received his B.A from Knox College in 1960 and M.A and Ph.D. from Emory University. Klein is professor of history at the University of Rhode Island, where he has taught since 1964. (Photo right - Download 300 dpi file for publication)

Klein has served as a consultant for numerous projects involving the environment, community history, railroad history and historic restoration. He played a prominent role in the establishment of the Trinity Square Repertory Theatre Co., which won a national award in 1983 as the best humanities program in the United States. He has acted in almost 20 plays at the University of Rhode Island and has served as the acting chair of its Theatre Department.

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