The Theta of Texas Chapter seeks to recognize and celebrate scholarship in the liberal arts through its activities. Examples include sponsoring scholarly lectures and co-sponsoring student initiatives.
Visiting Scholars Program
Each year the Theta of Texas Chapter seeks to sponsor a Visiting Scholar, one of 12 or 13 distinguished scholars selected annually by the national Phi Beta Kappa Society office. These men and women visit more than 100 colleges and universities, spending two days at each one, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions, and giving a public lecture open to the entire academic community.
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. Priority is given to those institutions not located in major metropolitan centers or that do not have extensive resources on which to draw for similar programs.
Most recently, the Chapter hosted:
Edward L. Ayers
Professor Ayers has been named National Professor of the Year, received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama at the White House, won the Bancroft, Beveridge, and Lincoln prizes in American history, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, served as president of the Organization of American Historians, and worked as the founding chair of the board of the American Civil War Museum. He is executive director of New American, dedicated to sharing innovative work in words, maps, audio, and video with broad audiences and the nation’s schools. His latest book is Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American Past, 1790–2020. Formerly, he served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Richard Prum, William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Curator of Ornithology and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Francis Su, Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College
Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of the History of Art, and Senior Director, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University
Barbara J. Grosz, Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences, Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Blaire Van Valkenburgh, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
Bambi B. Schieffelin, Collegiate Professor and Professor of Anthropology, New York University
Lee Epstein, Provost Professor of Law and Political Science and the Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law, University of Southern California
John A. Agnew, Distinguished Professor of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles
Jack Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University
Linda Gordon, Professor of History, New York University
Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona
Steven Shapin, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
Virginia Sapiro, Breckinridge professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Phillip Gossett, Reneker Distinguished Service Professor of Music, University of Chicago
Giles Gunn, Professor of English and Global & International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Susan McClary, Professor of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles
Manthia Diawara, Professor of Comparative Literature and Film, New York University
James Boyd White, Hart Wright Professor of Law/Professor of English, University of Michigan
Douglass C. North, Luce Professor of Law and Liberty, Washington University
Scholarships and Internships
The Phi Beta Kappa Society supports the growth and development of liberal arts and sciences students through scholarship and internship opportunities:
Key into Public Service Scholarship
Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society, celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and champions freedom of thought. The Society invites online applications for its new Key into Public Service Scholars program. This initiative will award $5,000 undergraduate scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C. for up to 20 rising sophomore, junior, and senior liberal arts and sciences students interested in pursuing public service careers. Society membership is not required.
Characteristics of ideal recipients include intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary breadth and depth of arts and sciences coursework, leadership propensity, and service to others. Interested students should learn more and apply online by December 31, 2019.