Phi Beta Kappa Lecture Series

The University of Louisville Phi Beta Kappa Lecture is presented annually by the College of Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana.

The Phi Beta Kappa faculty of the University of Louisville are proud to present the Phi Beta Kappa Lecture series. In partnership with the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana, the Dean and faculty of the UofL College of Arts and Sciences host the annual PBK lecture which is free and open to the public.

The Phi Beta Kappa lecture series brings outstanding scholars to campus for a high-profile public lecture as well as for informal meetings with students in the College of Arts and Sciences. This lecture series has welcomed several speakers of national prominence covering a broad range of topics and intellectual interests.

John Yarmuth

"From A+ To F: How The Liberal Arts Led Me to Congress (and Also Changed the World)"
April 22, 2021

Neeli Bendapudi

"The Liberal Arts in a Global Economy"
March 5, 2019

Matthew W. Barzun

"Our Separate Worlds: Where Do We Go From Here?"
February 6, 2018

James Shapiro

James Shapiro

"Shakespeare in America"
November, 2016

Lyle Roelofs

"Liberal Arts Education: Think Like You Mean It"
November 12, 2015

Romano Mazzoli

"Politics à la Carte: A Survey of Issues Local, National and International"
March 11, 2015

Anthony Appiah

"Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers"
March 17, 2014

M. Sanjayan

"Saving Earth in the Age of Man: Conservation in a Human Dominated World."
March 26, 2013

Eugene Robinson

"Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America"
February 7, 2012

Gretchen Morgenson

"After the Deluge: How Washington, Main Street and Wall Street are Faring Post-Meltdown"
October 5, 2010

Kathleen Jamieson

"How Media, Money and Messages Shaped the 2008 Presidential Election"
October 19, 2009

Harvey Cox

"After Fundamentalism: The Future of Religion in America and the World"
October 7, 2008

Ruth Faden

"Ethical Challenges in Embryonic Stem Cell Research" by Dr. Ruth Faden
October 30, 2007

John Churchill

"The Moral Meaning of Changing Your Mind"
September 27, 2006

George Greenia

“Sacred Steps: Pilgrimage Medieval and Modern”
February 22, 2006