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 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar 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.

Fall 2022 Visiting Scholar

William G. Moseley is DeWitt Wallace Professor of Geography, and Director of the Food, Agriculture & Society Program, at Macalester College. 

Professor Moseley’s research interests include tropical agriculture, food and nutrition security, and development policy. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as eight books, including: Africa’s Green Revolution: Critical Perspectives on New Agricultural Technologies and Systems (2016); Land Reform in South Africa: An Uneven Transformation (2015); and Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization and Poverty in Africa (2008). He currently serves as President Elect of the Mande Studies Association and sits on a scientific advisory panel to the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security. In 2013 he won the Media award, and in 2016 the Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang Distinguished Africa Scholar Award, both from the American Association of Geographers. His essays for the popular press have appeared in outlets such as The New York TimesWashington Post, and Al Jazeera English.

Public Lecture

“When Agronomy Flirts with Markets, Gender and Nutrition: A Political Ecology of the New Green Revolution for Africa and Women’s Food Security in Burkina Faso”
5:00pm, Jayhawk Room, 5th Floor of the Kansas Union
Free and open to the public.

Past Visiting Scholars

The Kansas Alpha chapter occasionally hosts Visiting Scholars, as in Spring 2022, when we welcomed UCLA Professor Adam Winkler. 

Professor Winkler is a specialist in constitutional law, the Supreme Court, and gun policy. His book We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the ABA Silver Gavel Award, and received the Scribes Book Award. He is one of the twenty most cited active legal scholars in judicial opinions, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law in Los Angeles. 

Winkler's public lecture, "Are Corporations People?", explored the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizens United that sent shockwaves through American politics. Winkler explored the question of how corporations become people, with the same fundamental rights as individuals, and explored how, for over two centuries, corporations have fought to win Supreme Court rulings extending the protections of the Constitution to them — rights they use to thwart efforts by the public to regulate business and the economy. This event took place at 6 p.m. March 2, 2022 in the Colloquium of Capitol Federal Hall on KU's Lawrence campus.