Past Visiting Scholars

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society has made available a roster of nationally recognized scholars to visit colleges and universities with Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Scholars spend two days on campus, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions, and giving a public lecture open to the entire academic community.

Scholars who have visited Wake Forest include:

2016       Larry A. Silver, University of Pennsylvania: “India Ink: Europe’s First Views of the Subcontinent”

2014       Jeffry Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology, Yale University: “Cultural Trauma, Social Solidarity, and Moral Responsibility”

2013       David Forsythe, Charles J. Mach Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, University of Nebraska: “The United States and Torture after 9/11.”

2011       John Straub, Professor of Chemistry, Boston University: “Molecules in Motion: How the dynamics of molecules dictate the form and function of our world.”

2010       Ronald Mellor, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles: “East Meets West: Encounters along the Silk Road”

2008       Michael J. B. Allen, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles: “Neoplatonic Myths of the Text in the Renaissance.”

2006       Jean E. Taylor, Professor Emerita of Mathematics, Rutgers University: “Soap Bubbles and Crystals.”

2005       Joseph A. Farrell, Jr., Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania: “Literature and Society in the First Modern Period, 321BC-AD 235.”

2003       Leonard Barkan, Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University: “Words on Pictures.”

2001       Terry L. Anderson, Stanford University: “Free Market Environmentalism.”

2000       Giles B. Gunn, Professor of English and of Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Rethinking Human Solidarity: The Difference that Difference Makes in a Globalized World.”

2000       William F. May, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics, Southern Methodist University: “Contending Myths for Understanding Nature and the Role of Technology.”

1997       Luke Timothy Johnson, Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Emory University: “The Influence of Greco-Roman Religion in Early Christianity.”

1995       Annabel Patterson, Professor of English, Yale University

1994       Vera Pless, Professor of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago: “The Last Fifty Years: A Period of Great Change.”

1989       Paul J. Steinhardt, Mary Amanda Wood Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania: “The Inflationary Universe.”

1963       C. Vann Woodward, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University: “Is History Obsolete?”