PBK Visiting Scholar

The Visiting Scholar Program offers 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 institution by fostering interaction between Visiting Scholars and the resident students and faculty. The Visiting Scholar spends two days on each campus, participating in class discussions, meeting informally with students, and giving a public lecture open to the academic community and the general public.


In 2017, Phi Beta Kappa received a gift from Carl F. Cranor, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at University of California-Riverside, to establish an endowment in support of the Society’s Visiting Scholar Program. Every year the Carl F. Cranor Family Endowment for the Visiting Scholar Program funds a Scholar whose visits will include at least one to a Phi Beta Kappa chapter campus located in Southern California.

More information about Cranor’s scholarship and background, visit the following website.

Upcoming Lectures

2023 PBK Visiting Scholar: Mark D. Hayward

Professor Hayward is a health demographer and population health scientist. Currently, his work focuses on two issues: 1) “upstream institutional levers” of U.S. adult mortality trends and disparities, and 2) early life developmental origins of cognitive aging in the older population. He is a recipient of the Matilda White Riley Award from the National Institutes of Health for his contributions to behavioral and social scientific knowledge relevant to mission of NIH. He has served on numerous scientific advisory boards at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, major foundations (Robert Wood Johnson and Pew), and major federal agencies (e.g., the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Health Statistics). Professor Hayward also is the current editor of his field’s major journal, Demography. He received his B.A. at Washington State University and his PhD from Indiana University.

Learn more about Mark D. Hayward and RSVP information →

Past Lectures

Donald S. Lopez Jr., 2022

April 20-21, 2022 | Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan.

Roger Guenveur Smith, 2021

May 5-6, 2021 | Roger Guenveur Smith adapted his Obie Award-winning performance of A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm.

Richard Alley, 2020

Dr. Richard Alley (PhD 1987, Geology, Wisconsin) is Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at Penn State. He studies the great ice sheets and climate.

Natasha Trethewey, 2019

Dr. Natasha Trethewey is the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. She previously spent 15 years at Emory University.