Visiting Scholar Program


Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa 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 Visiting Scholars travel to more than 100 colleges and universities each year, spending two days on each campus and taking full part in the academic life of the institution. They meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a public lecture open to the academic community and the general public.

Visiting Scholars at Butler University

2013–2014: John Comaroff, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

2015–2016: David Campbell, Professor of Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science at Boston University

2016–2017: John Fabian Witt, Professor of Law and History at Yale University

2017–2018: Amy Cheng Vollmer, Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College

2018–2019: Tod Machover, Professor of Music at MIT