Visiting Scholar 2015: Blaire Van Valkenburgh

PBK Visiting Scholar Dr. Blaire Van Valkenburg, a vertebrate paleobiology at UCLA, will be giving two lectures, free and open to the public, in October 2015. On Monday, October 26th at 6:15 p.m., she will speak on "Other Worlds: The View from the Pleistocene," and on Tuesday, October 27th at Noon, she will speak on "The Natural History of Sabertooth Cats." We hope you can join us!

Visiting Scholar 2014: Kathleen McGarry

Visiting Scholar Kathleen McGarry, professor of economics at UCLA, presented two PBK lectures in October 30, 2014, both in the Hiram College Library's Pritchard Room.  At 12 p.m., she spoke on "Intergenerational Transfers from Parents to Children," and later that same day at 6 p.m. she spoke on "Fifty Years of the War on Poverty:  What it Has Meant for the Elderly." McGarry visited several classrooms and her lectures were impressively attended, especially by students.

Image of Dr. Kathleen McGarry


Visiting Scholar 2011: Doug McAdam

Stanford professor, sociologist Doug McAdam, presented a public lecture at 7:30 Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in the Hiram College Library on "The Long-term Civic Impact of Youth Activism: The Curious Contrast between Freedom Summer and Teach for America."

During the course of his career, Professor McAdam has conducted follow-up studies of two groups of young activists: the applicants to the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project and those offered teaching positions by Teach for America during years 3-8 of the program.  His aim in both studies was to assess the enduring effect of the experience on the subsequent civic/political lives of the two groups.  In the talk Professor McAdam summarize the very different results of the two studies and speculate a bit about the factors that may account for these differences.

  • Image 1:  Professor David Anderson addresses Chapter members at the dinner for Visiting Scholar Doug McAdam. The dinner was held in the Garfield Meeting House. Alumni, George Belden '71, Alba Ortega Close '91 and Keith McMillan '95, attended the dinner.
  • Image 2:  Visiting Scholar Doug McAdam from Stanford University discusses social movements with sociology faculty members Erika Hill and Robin Shura.
  • Image 3:  Visiting Scholar Doug McAdam discusses careers in Sociology over lunch with sociology students. Prior to the lunch, Professor McAdam spoke to sociology classes about his research into the civil rights movement in the 1960s.


Leaders Step Down

After many years of devoted service to Phi Beta Kappa, Professor Emeritus David Anderson '64 and Professor Robert Sawyer stepped down as Secretary and Historian of the Chapter, respectively. Resolutions recognizing their many years of service on behalf of the Chapter were read at the May 15 Phi Beta Kappa Initiation.

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