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American History Professor Tracy Campbell to be Honored at UK Libraries Spring Celebration

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2022) — University of Kentucky Libraries will host a Spring Celebration to honor the 2022 recipient of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, UK Professor of American History Tracy Campbell, Ph.D. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the William T. Young Library on UK’s campus. 

Tracy Campbell is the E. Vernon Smith and Eloise C. Smith Professor of American History at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of five books, including “The Year of Peril: America in 1942,” the winner of the 2021 Barbara and David Zalaznick American History Book Prize from the New-York Historical Society. He was also appointed American Historian Laureate by the N-YHS. Among his other books, “Short of the Glory: The Fall and Redemption of Edward F. Prichard, Jr.” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and “The Gateway Arch: A Biography” won the 2014 Missouri History Book Award. 

A native Kentuckian, Campbell earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. from Duke University. He has been teaching at UK since 1999, and was the recipient of the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award in 2010. In 2019, he was awarded a Stanton Foundation Grant to create the course, "The History of Misinformation." He has been featured on NPR’s "Morning Edition" and "Weekend Edition" with Scott Simon“The World in Time” podcast with Lewis Lapham, and will be the guest on an upcoming “History with David Rubenstein” show on PBS.

One of UK’s most prestigious awards, the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement was created in 1990 to recognize high intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a lasting contribution to the Commonwealth. The award also promotes education and creative thought. Recipients of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement are determined by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board

The UK Libraries Spring Celebration award presentations will begin at 6 p.m.  A reception will follow with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested; individuals can RSVP at

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