Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program

Published on March 21, 2013

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program makes available each year a dozen or so distinguished scholars who will visit colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa.  They spend two days on each campus, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions, and giving a public lecture open to the entire academic community.  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.  Now entering its 57th year, the Visiting Scholar Program has sent 600 Scholars on 4,917 two-day visits since it was established in 1956.

We have the pleasure of having Lewis Hyde as our visiting scholar.  Dr. Hyde will be on campus next week, and he'll be visiting in at least one creative writing class, and meeting with advanced creative writing students in the Eagles' Nest on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. 


Kenyon College

Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination.  He teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing.  He is a former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard and currently a faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.   

Chosen a MacArthur fellow in 1991, he is the recipient of grants from the NEH, the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.  He is the author of The Gift, an inquiry into the situation of creative artists in a commercial society; Trickster Makes This World, a book about the value of disruptive imagination; and Common as Air, a defense of our “cultural commons.”  His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including the Kenyon Review, the American Poetry Review, the Paris Review, and the Nation.

Degrees:           B.A.     University of Minnesota

                        M.A.    University of Iowa