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Fellows Lectureship

The Fellows Lectureship provides speakers for single occasions sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa groups. The Fellows Lectureship draws on four regional panels, with speakers representing a variety of disciplines and fields of interest.

Since its establishment by the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows (then the Associates) in 1942, the program has provided distinguished lecturers to chapters and associations for over 1,325 events, including initiation meetings, honors convocations, annual dinners and other special occasions.

If your group is interested in scheduling a Fellows Lecturer, please consult the procedural information.

Fellows Lectureship Panels 2008-2009


  • T.H. Breen
    William Smith Mason Professor of American History, Northwestern University
  • David M. Clifford
    Melba and Forest Seay Professor of Clinical Neuropharmacology and Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Thomas G. Palaima
    Raymond F. Dickson Centennial Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Lisa M. Pratt
    Professor of Geological Sciences, Indiana University
  • Robert J. Richards
    Morris Fishbein Professor of Science and Medicine, University of Chicago

You may view the biographical sketches of each lecturer here (PDF).


  • Mark A. Cane
    G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences, Columbia University
  • Matt Cartmill
    Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
    Research Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University
  • Robert A. Gross
    Draper Professor of Early American History, University of Connecticut
  • Donald F. Kettl
    Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dennis O'Brien
    President Emeritus, University of Rochester
  • Judith V. Reppy
    Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
  • Paul Rozin
    Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • George Saliba
    Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science, Columbia University

You may view the biographical sketches of each lecturer here (PDF).


  • Matt Cartmill
    Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
    Research Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University
  • Mary L. Good
    Dean and University Professor, Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Harvey E. Klehr
    Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History, Emory University
  • Patricia Yancey Martin
    Emerita Professor of Sociology, Florida State University
  • Thomas G. Palaima
    Raymond F. Dickson Centennial Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Sue V. Rosser
    Dean, Ivan Allen College/Liberal Arts College, Georgia Institute of Technology

You may view the biographical sketches of each lecturer here (PDF).


  • Elizabeth Barber
    Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Archaeology, Occidental College
  • Erich S. Gruen
    Wood Professor Emeritus of History and Classics, University of California, Berkeley
  • William P. Reinhardt
    Professor of Chemistry and Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Washington

You may view the biographical sketches of each lecturer here (PDF).

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