Visiting Scholars

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars

The Delta of Minnesota regularly sponsors visits to the St. Olaf campus by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars.

On March 3-4, 2014, St. Olaf will host Dr. Christine Thomas, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Dr. Thomas specializes in Early Christianity and Religions of the Roman Empire, with a particular focus on archaeology as an independent mode of communication from texts.

On Monday, March 3 at 7:30 pm in Viking Theater, Dr. Thomas will deliver the lecture “Ordinary Bodies and Divine Intervention: Illness and Healing in the Roman Empire.”
On Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 pm in Viking Theater, Dr. Thomas will deliver the lecture “Religion in the Rural Heartland: Epigraphic Evidence from Shepherds and Farmers in the Roman Empire.”

Christine Thomas poster final


List of Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars who have lectured at St. Olaf College:
Apr. 20-21, 1959: Ernest J. Simmons, Professor of Russian Literature, Columbia University
Mar. 27-30, 1960: Theodore M. Greene, Professor of Humanities (Philosophy), Scripps College
Dec. 7-8, 1961: John Turkevich, Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University
Oct. 15-16, 1962: H.D.F. Kitto, Professor of Classics, University of Bristol
Nov. 11-12, 1963: Lamar Dodd, Professor of Art History, University of Georgia
Apr. 20-22, 1966: Kirtley F. Mather, Professor of Geology, Harvard University
Mar. 12-15, 1967: Robert Wauchope, Professor of Anthropology, Tulane University
Feb. 26-27, 1968: Frederick Hard, Professor of English Literature, University of California-Santa Cruz
Mar. 6-7, 1969: Otto Luening, Co-director, Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, Columbia University
Oct. 8-9, 1970: Garrett Hardin, Professor of Human Ecology (Biology), University of California-Santa Barbara
Apr. 9-10, 1973: Jeremy Paul Kagan, American Film Institute, Los Angeles
Nov. 12-13, 1973: James L. Gibbs, Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
Oct. 21-22, 1974: Hazel E. Barnes, Professor of Integrated Studies (Classics/Philosophy), University of Colorado
Apr. 27-29, 1977: Oscar Handlin, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor (American History), Harvard University
Apr. 27-28, 1978: Wayne C. Booth, Distinguished Service George M. Pullman Professor of English, University of Chicago
Mar. 19-20, 1979: Herbert F. York, Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego–CANCELLED (because of appointment as chief U.S. negotiator for Test Ban Talks)
Nov. 14-16, 1979: Anna J. Harrison, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Chemistry, Mount Holyoke College
Mar. 12-13, 1981: Howard Hibbard, Professor of Art History, Columbia University–CANCELLED (for health reasons)
Apr. 26-27, 1982: Herbert Solomon, Professor of Statistics, Stanford University
Nov. 15-16, 1982: Robert B. Heilman, Professor of English, Emeritus, University of Washington
Apr. 2-3, 1984: Stephen G. Nichols, Jr., Professor of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College
Apr. 9-10, 1986: Roland Mushat Frye, Schelling Professor of English Literature, Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
Apr. 10-11, 1989: Jerome Kagan, Professor of Human Development, Harvard University–CANCELLED
Mar. 11-12, 1991: Anne Firor Scott, W. K. Boyd Professor of History, Duke University
Apr. 12-14, 1992: Hyman Bass, Professor of Mathematics, Columbia University
Sept. 17-18, 1992: Sidney W. Mintz, William L. Straus, Jr., Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
Nov. 29-30, 1994: Porter M. Kier, Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Mar. 13-15, 1995: Linda Seidel, Professor of Art History, University of Chicago
May 5-6, 1997: Douglass C. North, Luce Professor of Law and Liberty (Economics), Washington University (combined with visit to Carleton)
Nov. 15-16, 1999: Cornell Hugh Fleischer, Kanuni Süleyman Professor of Ottoman & Modern Turkish Studies, University of Chicago
Nov. 9-10, 2000: Eliana Rivero, Professor of Spanish & Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies & Latin American Studies, University of Arizona
Nov. 12-13, 2001: Katherine A. Geffcken, Professor Emerita of Latin and Greek, Wellesley College
Nov. 7-8, 2002, Yi-Fu Tuan, J. K. Wright & Vilas Prof. Emeritus of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Apr. 18, 2005 Wendy Doniger, The Divinity School of the University of Chicago
Mar. 15, 2006 Raymond J. DeMallie, Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology and Director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute at Indiana University
Sept. 25, 2008 Betty Smocovitis, Professor of Zoology and History at the University of Florida
Mar. 18-19, 2010 Andrew Odlyzko, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota
Feb. 23, 2012 Charles M. Falco, Professor of Optical Science and Physics at the University of Arizona
Mar. 3-4, 2014  Christine Thomas,  Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara