Posted on Sunday, October 07, 2012
Phi Beta Kappa will host Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at California Institute of Technology Thayer Scudder on Thursday, Oct. 11. During his visit, Scudder will interact with faculty and students through a lecture, class visits and informal meetings with students.
"We look forward to the many conversations that will be provoked by Professor Scudder's presence on campus," says Assistant Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer.
During the day, Scudder will visit Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee and Associate Professor of Physics Steven Penn's "Topics in Environmental Studies" class, and Scholar in Residence Thelma Pinto's "South Africa: an Orientation" class. Scudder will also meet with students from the anthropology, history, and Africana studies departments, as well as with Phi Beta Kappa seniors Jillian McCarthy, Kristen Faughnan, Haley Dunn, Molly Krifka, Deepak Vallabhaneni, and Stephen Mugel. He will also visit a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in support of local produce.
On Thursday night, Scudder will give a lecture, "Global Threats, Global Futures: Learning to Live with Declining Living Standards," at 7:30 p.m., in the Sanford Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
The event is sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. The program is devoted to facilitating an "exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students." Scudder is one of a dozen scholars visiting institutions throughout the country this academic year. He has recently written articles about his work with dams in Laos and his long-standing fieldwork in South Africa.