Visiting Scholar: Larry Silver

Larry Silver by LS.RandyDr. Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture:  “India Ink:  Europe’s Earliest Views of the Subcontinent” on Monday,March 21, 2016 at 5:00pm in Scales 102.

This lecture will discuss European fascination with the “marvels of the East” focused primarily on India, first in illuminated manuscripts but especially in prints and travel books after the opening of the Indian Ocean in the sixteenth century.  Professor Silver will present some of the remarkable imagery and (mis-)information about India as represented to European consumers.

Larry Silver is a specialist in painting and graphics of Northern Europe, particularly Germany and the Netherlands, during the era of Renaissance and Reformation. He has served as president of the College Art Association as well as of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, and was recently honored with the University of Pennsylvania’s Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence.

Initiation 2015

powellOn April 14th, the Wake Forest Chapter inducted 67 students into Phi Beta Kappa. Professsor James Powell, chair of the Classical Languages department, gave an inspiring speech on the meaning of the motto, “Pro Humanitate.”  Many parents, siblings and friends were in attendance.  Thanks to all for making this such a meaningful event.

Jeffrey Alexander–Visiting Scholar

Alexander Jeffrey Photo Portrait Jeff 2012 - CROPPEDIn November, 2014 Professor Jeffrey Alexander delivered the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture: “Cultural Trauma, Social Solidarity, and Moral Responsibility: Reactions to the Holocaust and other Modern Mass Murders.”  Alexander is the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale, as well as founder and codirector of the Center for Cultural Sociology. While at Wake Forest, he also participated in a dialogue with Melissa Harris-Perry on the midterm elections, and gave guest presentation in an Introduction to Sociology class.  Our thanks to the Phi Beta Kappa Society for facilitating this visit.