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Phi Betta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program

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.

February 7-8, 2019, the Visiting Scholar Program will welcome Susan Birren, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology and Neuroscience at Brandeis University.

In Professor Birren's Developmental Neurobiology laboratory, undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers work together to gain a new understanding of how cellular interactions control the development of nerve cells and functional neural circuits. Her work has defined the reciprocal signaling between the nervous system and the heart that leads to neural control of cardiac function and to cardiovascular disease. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles and did post-doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology in the area of Development Neurobiology. She has been a member of the Brandeis faculty since 1994 and is a member of the Brandeis National Center for Behavioral Genomics and the Volen Center for Complex Systems.

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

  • Philip Kitcher, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 2016
  • Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Professor of History and Department Chair at the University of California, Irvine, 2014
  • John Comaroff, Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American studies and Anthropology at Harvard University, 2013
  • Jill Lepore, Professor of American History, Harvard University, 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