Visiting Scholars

Following are scholars who will visit or have visited Valparaiso University through the Visiting Scholar Program of The Phi Beta Kappa Society and the efforts of Eta of Indiana Chapter:

Professor Michael Thaddeus

Professor of Mathematics, Columbia University
October 27-28, 2022

Public Lecture: The Thrall of Technology

Thursday, October 27, 6:30pm in Neils Science Center 234

Dr. R. Howard Bloch

Sterling Professor of French, Yale University

March 31-April 1, 2022

Public Lecture: “Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Rise of the University of Paris”

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 6:30 pm by Zoom

Father Columba Stewart

Director of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, St. John’s University

April 12-13, 2021

Public Lecture: “Public Lecture: “What a (Modern) Monk Does: Saving the World’s Manuscript Heritage from Imminent Danger”

Monday, April 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm by Zoom

Alfred Z. Spector

Chief Technology Officer, Two Sigma

February 4-5, 2019

Public Lecture: “Data Science: Opportunities and Challenges”

Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6 pm, Christopher Center Community Room


Augusta Read Thomas

University Professor of Composition, University of Chicago

September 11-12, 2014

Public Lecture: “The A.R.T. of Composing”

Thursday, September 11 at 6:30 pm, Duesenberg Recital Hall


David P. Forsythe

Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

September 18-20, 2013

Public Lecture: “Human Rights in the World: 1948-2014”

Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm, Mueller Hall Refectory


Ka Yee C. Lee

Professor of Chemistry, University of Chicago

September 27-28, 2012

Public Lecture: “The Physics of Breathing: Wrinkle-to-Fold Transitions in Lung Surfactants and other Elastic Sheet”

Friday, September 28 at 3:30 pm, Neils Science Center 234


Richard A. Shweder

William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development, University of Chicago

September 22-23, 2011

Public Lecture: “Engaging Cultural Differences Without Moral Panic: The Burqa and FGM”

Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 pm, Mueller Hall Refectory


Eric Adelberger

Professor of Physics, University of Washington

September 18-19, 2008

Public Lecture: “Testing Einstein’s Happiest Idea By Watching Things Fall Sideways”

Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 pm, Neils Science Center 234


James J. Sheehan

Professor of History, Stanford University

October 25-26, 2007

Public Lecture: “Why the European Union Will Not Become a Superpower”

Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 6:30 pm, the Great Hall of the Union


Thomas G. Rawski

Professor of Economics and History, University of Pittsburgh

February 8-9, 2007

Public Lecture: “China’s Economic Explosion: Echoes at Home and Abroad”

Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 6:30 pm, Christ College Refectory


Thomas Childers

Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

September 23-24, 2004

Public Lecture: “The Crisis of Democracy and the Rise of Hitler: Elections, Campaigning, and Mass Politics”

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004 at 6:30 pm, Christopher Center Community Room