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Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Alpha Chapter of New York: PBK Visiting Scholar Program

The University at Albany's chapter of the national undergraduate honor society, Phi Beta Kappa

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program

Every year, the national organization of Phi Beta Kappa sponsors a Visiting Scholar Program through which renowned scholars in various disciplines are sent to academic institutions for a two day visit.  The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the visiting scholar and the resident faculty and students, with an emphasis on undergraduate participation.  The scholar participates in classroom discussions, meets informally with students and faculty, and gives on public lecture.

 

Recent Visting Scholars

Spring 2017

During the Spring 2017 Semester, the UAlbany Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the Department of History hosted Professor John Fabian Witt from Yale University. Dr. Witt is Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law and Professor of History. Professor Witt participated in a discussion titled Law Schools and Legal Careers Open Forum with UAlbany students representing history, political science, and criminal justice majors interested in law school. Professor Witt also presented a public lecture titled, The Switch:  The Twentieth-Century Reinvention of American Freedom. In addition to the open forum and public lecture, Professor Witt presented two classroom lectures titled Death in the Workplace and the Ambiguities of Progressive Reform and The Puzzling Laws of War: The American Civil War and the Invention of the Modern Ius in Bello.

Fall 2015

During the Fall 2015 Semester, the UAlbany Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the office of the Vice President for Research hosted Professor David Campbell from Boston University. Dr. Campbell is a Professor of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. During Professor Campbell’s visit he presented two classroom lectures to Physics and Computer Science undergrads on the topics of Our Chaotic and Fractal World and Understanding the Dynamics of Interacting Populations. Professor Campbell also gave public lecture on FPU and the Birth of Experimental Mathematics.

Spring 2015

During the Spring 2015 Semester, the UAlbany Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the UAlbany Department of Music and Theater hosted Professor Augusta Read Thomas from the University of Chicago. Professor Thomas is University Professor of Composition. She is also a Grammy-winning composer and was Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during 1997-2006. During her visit, Professor Thomas participated in UAlbany’s New Music and Culture Symposium. As part of this symposium, there was a concert featuring Professor Thomas’s music in addition to several other composers from other State University of New York schools. Professor Thomas also gave a lecture in the UAlbany Recital Hall for music students enrolled in Professor Max Lifchitz’s Symphonic Music class.

2013

During the Spring 2015 Semester, the UAlbany Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the UAlbany Department of Music and Theater hosted Professor Augusta Read Thomas from the University of Chicago. Professor Thomas is University Professor of Composition. She is also a Grammy-winning composer and was Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during 1997-2006. During her visit, Professor Thomas participated in UAlbany’s New Music and Culture Symposium. As part of this symposium, there was a concert featuring Professor Thomas’s music in addition to several other composers from other State University of New York schools. Professor Thomas also gave a lecture in the UAlbany Recital Hall for music students enrolled in Professor Max Lifchitz’s Symphonic Music class.

In 2013, our chapter worked with the Physics and Biological Sciences Departments to host Visiting Scholar Dr. Michael W. Deem, John W. Cox Professor in Bioengineering at Rice University.  Dr. Deem gave a public lecture entitled "Impacting Climate Change: New Materials for Carbon Capture," lectured in  Physics and Biology classes, and attended an informal pizza dinner with members of the Physics Student Association to talk about careers in biophysics.

 

John Fabian Witt Visiting Scholar April 2017

David Campbell: Fall 2015 Visiting Scholar

David Campbell

August Reed Thomas: Spring 2015 Visiting Scholar

2013 Visiting Scholar Dr. Michael Deem