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Professor Blaire Van Valkenburgh named one of Phi Beta Kappa Society's Visiting Scholars 2015 - 2016

The Phi Beta Kappa Society Selects 13 Visiting Scholars for 2015-2016

(Washington, D.C.) – The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce the appointment of 13 Visiting Scholars for 2015-2016.

Since 1956, the Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students.

Each year, members of the Committee on the Visiting Scholar Program select top scholars in the liberal arts and sciences to travel to universities and colleges where Phi Beta Kappa chapters are located. Visiting Scholars spend two days on each campus meeting informally with undergraduates, participating in classroom lectures and seminars, and giving one major address open to the entire academic community and the general public.

The 2015-2016 Visiting Scholars will make 100 visits during the academic year.

Michael Bérubé, Sparks Professor of Literature, Pennsylvania State University
David K. Campbell, Professor of Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University
Hazel V. Carby, Dilley Professor of African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University
2015-2016 ɸBK-Frank M. Updike Memorial Scholar
Carol Greenhouse, Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University
David B. Grusky, Browning Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University
Rigoberto Hernandez, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mae Ngai, Professor of History & Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies, Columbia University
Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Larry A. Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania
Harold W. Stanley, Distinguished Chair in American Politics & Political Economy, Southern Methodist University
Richard Sylla, Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets, New York University
Blaire Van Valkenburgh, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
Vincent L. Wimbush, Director, Institute for Signifying Scriptures

Founded in 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation’s oldest and most recognized academic honor society. It has chapters at 283 colleges and universities and more than half a million members. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.

Additional information about the Visiting Scholar Program can be found on Phi Beta Kappa’s website (

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