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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. 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.   They 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.

University of Wyoming Phi Beta Kappa welcomes Hazel Carby to campus October 22 - 24, 2015.

Dr. Carby will present a public lecture on Thursday, October 22 at 4:10 p.m. Classroom Bldg. 129 - "Black Futurities: Shape-Shifting Beyond the Limits of the Human"

This public lecture is a reconsideration of what we mean by Afrofuturism. It is a multimedia exploration of the meanings and dimensions of black futurity in the vexatious realm of the unfinished project of freedom. The lecture discusses the speculative fiction of Octavia Butler, the music of Drexcyia, and the art of Ellen Gallagher and Kara Walker.


Hazel Carby is the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and American Studies and director of the Initiative on Race, Gender, and Globalization.  Awarded the Modern Language Association’s 2014 Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies, she is the author of, among others, Reconstructing Womanhood:  The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist; Race Men; Cultures in Babylon; and Imperial Intimacies (forthcoming), which deals with the intimate imperial entanglements of the islands of Britain and Jamaica from the anti-Napoleonic war to the anti-fascist war.  Her new work in progress is entitled Treason-Workers

At Yale she teaches courses on the literature and art of the black Atlantic and the Caribbean; the transnational imaginaries of contemporary fiction; and science fiction in literature, visual culture and music.


Degrees:  B.A.      Portsmouth Polytechnic, 1970;  M.A.    Birmingham University Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies, 1979; Ph.D.    Birmingham University Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies, 1984

Past Scholars:


Kathleen McGarry
Professor of Economics, UCLA
"50 Years of the War on Poverty: What it Meant for the Elderly"


Christine M. Thomas, Professor of Religious Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
"Finding Paul in the Landscape of the Ancient City: Urban Space at Ephesos, Real and Imagined"


Tyler Burge, Professor of Philosophy, UCLA
Perception: Origins of Mind


Dr. Jack Goldstone
Global Population Trends and How They Shape Our Future

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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture Series presented November 1, 2010

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