Visiting Scholar Program

In 1956 the Society established the Visiting Scholar program to enable chapters to bring distinguished scholars to their campuses. Each year twelve or more scholars are invited to undertake a series of visits to Phi Beta Kappa institutions taking part in the program. The Visiting Scholar spends two days at each of the institutions he or she visits, participating in classroom lectures and seminars, meeting informally with faculty and student groups, and giving at least one address open to the entire academic community. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between distinguished visiting scholars and the resident faculty and students. More than 3,700 visits have been made by 440 Visiting Scholars since the program's inception. Read more at the PBK organization Web site »»

  • Past PBK Visiting Scholars at the University of Rochester have included:
  • William A. Wulf, University Professor and AT&T Professor of Engineering at the University of Virginia, and Immediate Past President of the National Academy of Engineering. His talk, co-sponsored by the Computer Science Department, was entitled “Responsible Citizenship in a Technological Democracy.” (2009 visiting scholar).
  • Rosanna Warren, Metcalf Professor of the Humanities at Boston University. Her public lecture, part of the Plutzik Reading Series, was a series of readings from her works. (2007 visiting scholar)
  • Ann Ellis Hanson, Professor of Classics at Yale University. Her public lecture was “Alternative Medicine in Greco-Roman Antiquity: The Role of Amulets.” (2004 visiting scholar)
  • Phillip Gossett, the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor in Music and the College, University of Chicago (2003 visiting scholar)
  • Arlene W. Saxonhouse, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan (2002 visiting scholar)
  • Arend Lijphart, Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California at San Diego (2001 visiting scholar)
  • Leroy Rouner, Professor of Philosophy, Religion and Philosophical Theology, Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University (1998 visiting scholar)

Comments and questions are welcome.