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Phi Beta Kappa

Visiting Scholars

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars.  The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. 

Additional information about the Visiting Scholar Program can be found on Phi Beta Kappa’s website (

Judith Carney visits campus

The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at USC welcomes Dr. Judith Carney, professor of geography at UCLA.  She is the recipient of three distinguished teaching awards and is the author of two award-winning books: Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas and In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World.  Carney's research centers on African ecology and development, food security, gender and agrarian change, and African contributions to New World environmental history. Her visit is scheduled for February 13-14, 2018.  Please see itinerary details below.  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

1:15- 2:30 p.m.

Class Visit

CLASS VISIT: ANTH 213- Ethnobotany (Dr. Gail Wagner)

Topic: Seeds of Memory

Readings: Carney, J. Seeds of Memory: Botanical Legacies of the African Diaspora. In Voeks, R. and Rashford, J. eds. African Ethnobotany in the Americas pp 13-33.

4:30 p.m.

Public Lecture

PUBLIC LECTURE: Seeds of Memory: Food Legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Russell House 305

Topic: Mangrove ecosystems in the Atlantic World

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Lunchtime Discussion

LUNCHTIME DISCUSSION with Undergraduate Students

Topic: Mangrove ecosystems: habitat of African survival in the Atlantic world

Reading: Carney, J. 2016. “The Mangrove Preserves Life”: Habitat of African Survival in the Atlantic World. Geographical Review, 1-19.

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Class Visit

CLASS VISIT: GEOG 343: Human Impact on the Environment (Dr. David Kneas)

Topic: Black Rice

Reading: Selection from Black Rice