Skip to Content

Office of the Provost

Phi Beta Kappa


Visiting Scholars

Learn more about Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program

Campus Visits

Talitha Washington Portrait

Talitha Washington, February 1, 2024

Dr. Talitha Washington, February 1 and 2, 2024.

Public Lecture: Data Science for Social Justice – Feb. 1, 5:30-7:00, WMBB 231 with Reception.    
ABSTRACT: Data science impacts every facet of our lives: from marketing to finance to voting to facial recognition to medical care. What happens if data science develops technology that amplifies societal biases and blatant racism?  Dr. Washington will share her vision of how we can all contribute to bringing true validity into data science.

Joint meeting with SCHC 393 (Kitzie) and AFAM 200 (Deas)
Thursday, 2/1, 11:40-12:55, Harper 320

STAT 530 (Habing)
Thursday, 2/1, 1:15-2:30, Close-Hipp 350

Public Lecture: Data Science for Social Justice 
Thursday, 2/1, 5:30-7:00, WMBB 231  including reception.
ABSTRACT: Data science impacts every facet of our lives: from marketing to finance to voting to facial recognition to medical care. What happens if data science develops technology that amplifies societal biases and blatant racism? Dr. Washington will share her vision of how we can all contribute to bringing true validity into data science.

Meeting with MATH, STAT, CEC student groups
Friday, 2/2, 12:30-3:00 (location and other details TBD)

Math Colloquium: How the Data-Driven Workforce is Shaping Mathematics in Higher Education
Friday, 2/2, 3:30-4:30, LeConte 444
ABSTRACT: While data science is in high demand both in research and in the workplace, what is needed to prepare students for a data-driven workforce remains unclear. The workforce, including academia, industry, and government, continues to make innovative advancements via data-driven approaches. The priorities of the workforce may differ by sector, yet demand assurance of global competitiveness in an evolving landscape. This talk will explore how mathematics academic programs can meet these priorities by re-envisioning how to equip students to lead data-driven innovations in academia, industry, and government.


Past Visits

Gabrielle Foreman Portrait

Gabrielle Foreman, February 23, 2023

Dr. Gabrielle Foreman, February 23 and 24, 2023.  Public lecture on Edgefield Potter David Drake on Feb 23 at 4:30-5:45 in the Lumpkin Auditorium.  Book signing following panel discussion. 

Please download the lecture introduction [PDF]

8:30 to 9:45 am Class visit: Topic: “Writing about Slavery/Teaching about Slavery: This Might Help”
Course: Introduction to Southern Studies 1580-1900
Professor: Dr. Jennifer Gunter
Department: Southern Studies
Location: Close Hipp Building, room 363

1:15 to 2:30 pm Class visit: Topic: “Writing about Slavery/Teaching about Slavery: This Might Help”
Course: AFAM 200 Freedom Papers: Narratives of Race and Nation (An America Founding Documents core course requirement) 
Professor: Dr. Rod Taylor
Department of African American Studies
Location: Petigru College, room 212

4:30 to 5:45 pm Public Lecture: His Page Was Clay: The Artistic Legacies of the Poet and Potter, David Drake
Speakers: Gabrielle Foreman and Glenis Redmond
Close-Hipp Building, Room 830, Lumpkin Auditorium

Welcome by Professor Dianne Johnson-Feelings
Moderated conversation by Dr. Abbe Schriber, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Art History

Book signing at the conclusion of the program

Download the flyer [PDF]

2:30 to 3:30 pm: “Why Digital Histories and Research Matter” 
 Open invitation to up to twenty students who will register via Eventbrite
 Location: CAS Computer Center (PC Lab), Gambrell Hall room 003A

 Please visit Eventbrite to register for this free workshop. Space is limited to 20 attendees.

Ken Ono

Ken Ono, November 10-11, 2022

Ken Ono is the Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Virginia and former Vice President of the American Mathematical Society. He holds two endowed professorships; he is the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics, and the Marvin Rosenblum Professor of Mathematics.  He is presently the Chair of Mathematics in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a film producer and member of the board of the Infinity Arts Foundation.

11:40 am to 12:55 pm: Classroom visit
SVAD/Media Arts/Film & Media Studies students

6:00 to 7:00pm: Public Lecture: Why does Ramanujan, “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” matter?Williams-Brice (Nursing) 231

Reception to follow

Register with Eventbrite

9:40 to 10:30am: Class Visit to MATH 574
Gambrell 205

12:00 to - 1:30pm: Lunch talk: “Tales from a living breathing mathematician”
Pi Mu Epsilon/Gamecock Math Club
Petigru 108

4:30 to 5:30pm: Mathematics Colloquium: “Variants of Lehmer's Conjecture on Ramanujan's tau-function”
Petigru 108

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the many partners:

Department of Mathematics

School of Visual Art and Design

Film and Media Studies

Media Arts

College of Arts and Sciences

South Carolina Honors College

Adriana Zavala

Adriana Zavala, February 24-25, 2022

Adriana Zavala is a jointly appointed Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University.


1:15-2:30: Visit to ARTH class "Twentieth Century Art: Art and Justice in the 20th Century" (McMaster 214)
“Latinx Art, History, and Institutions”
In this workshop, I introduce students to some of my favorite contemporary artists. We explore their cultural background and art, while also discussing Latinx art’s cultural and political specificity and its flux in history and in relation to other art historical categories like “American” art or “Latin American” art, as well as more specific group identities like Chicana/o/x, Diasporican, Cuban-American, etc.

4:30-5:45: Public lecture: “Of bodies and borders”, McKissick Museum Theater
This lecture examines works by Latin American-descended visual artists living in the United States, that is to say Latinx artists, whose lives have been marked by and whose works explore the violence of colonialism, empire, and the ongoing politicization of borders. Through a reading of art works by Adriana Corral, Teresita Fernández, Guadalupe Maravilla, Carlos Martiel, Sandy Rodriguez, and Juan Sánchez, I explore how racialization as a violent form of social differentiation cannot be separated from the critical study of geopolitical power. As a scholar of both Mexican and U.S. Latinx art and visual culture, I will address the necessity of intersectional scholarship and praxis, and the importance of generosity, care, and witnessing in these troubled times. *Note: because of the topic of this lecture, some of the works presented can be challenging for some audiences.

9:40-10:30am: Visit to GEOG 210 class “People, Places, and Environment” (Callcott 011)
“Resurrecting Mexico-Tenochtitlan, 1521-2021”
Modern-day Mexico City sits atop the ruins of the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan, which was founded in 1325, overthrown by Spanish invaders in 1521 and demolished in 1523. While fragments, or spolia, of Tenochtitlan’s physical remains had been present within the city’s urban fabric since the sixteenth century, new archaeological findings at the turn of the 20th century—such as the definitive identification of the site of great teocalli (temple pyramid), captivated the minds and imaginations of some of the country’s most prominent nationalist thinkers from author and statesman Alfonso Reyes, to anthropologist Manuel Gamio, architect Ignacio Marquina, and visual artists Diego Rivera and Juan O’Gorman. This lecture will explore key moments and articulations of the modern “resurrection” of Tenochtitlan and will invite the public to reflect on what lessons the 2021 quincentennial of Tenochtitlan’s capture and destruction offer for us today.

Noon: Lunch and Q&A at Carolina International House at Maxcy College (advance registration required)
Talk and Q&A on Frida Kahlo’s Creativity: Staging Art, Staging Life 
In this lecture I explore Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s creativity in the context of the cultural renaissance that followed the Mexican Revolution. Springing from the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art Garden Life, which I curated at the New York Botanical Garden (2015), I offer a close examination of several of the artist’s most important paintings to explain how Kahlo’s self-adornment and the artful arrangement of her home and garden were equally important modes of creative expression. The presentation concludes by touching upon the ways that other artists, ranging from Diego Rivera to photographers like Nickolas Muray and Lola Álvarez Bravo, collaborated with Kahlo to facilitate the promotion of her art, her cultural politics, and her image.


Fall 2018 - Judith Carney
Fall 2016 - Rolena Adorno

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.