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Phi Betta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program

The Hofstra Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a specialist in Chinese history, will visit campus on September 15 and 16, 2014. Professor Wasserstrom is the Chancellor’s Professor of History, University of California, Irvine.

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. In Fall 2013, the Hofstra Chapter hosted a visit by Visiting Scholar John Comaroff, the Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American studies and of anthropology at Harvard University.

Over the course of a two-day visit co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center, Professor Comaroff met with classes in Religion, Anthropology, and Criminology, took meals with students in Global Studies and in the Honors College, and delivered a public lecture entitled “How Europe and America Are Evolving Towards Africa; or, Theory from the South".

Recent past Visiting Scholars who have come to Hofstra’s campus include:

  • Jill Lepore, Professor of American History, Harvard, 2011
  • Bernard McGinn, Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity, University of Chicago, 2006
  • Wendy Doniger, Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago, 2005
  • Richard Bernstein, Professor of Philosophy, The New School  for Social Research, 2004