About the 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. 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 Scholars and the resident faculty and students. The Committee on the Visiting Scholar Program is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 panel (see below). The men and women participating during 2013-2014 will visit 100 colleges and universities, spending two days at each one and taking full part in the academic life of the institution. They will meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a public lecture open to the entire academic community. The visits are designed primarily for undergraduate participation.
A total of 4,917 visits have been made by 600 Visiting Scholars during the past 56 years. You may view a list of all Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars since the program’s inception here (PDF). You also may view a history of the Visiting Scholar Program.
Here is what the chapters are saying about the experience. You may view the testimonials.
Participation is limited to the 283 campuses that shelter chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. Priority is given to those institutions not located in major metropolitan centers or that do not have extensive resources on which to draw for similar programs.
Please review the procedural information before requesting a Visiting Scholar. If you are interested in bringing one of the scholars to your campus, you will need to get in touch with the secretary or president of the local Phi Beta Kappa chapter so that your preference can be considered by the chapter when applying for a visitor. Invitations should not be sent directly to the Visiting Scholars. Applications for the 2013-2014 program must be received at the national office by April 15, 2013.
Questions about the program and the application process should be addressed to the Director of Lecture Programs, or you may call (202) 745-3231.
To see videos of past Visiting Scholar lectures, please click here.
Visiting Scholar Lewis Hyde with students at Swarthmore College.
Visiting Scholars 2012-2013
You may view a chronological listing of visits on the Online Calendar here.
(Click on the scholar's name for a biographical sketch and schedule of campus visits.)
Visiting Scholars 2013-2014
(Click on the scholar's name for biographical information and available dates.)