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March 31, 2011

Distinguished professor to visit campus as part of PBK program

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern will host Dr. Ronald Mellor, distinguished professor of history at UCLA, April 6-8 as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. Dr. Ronald Mellor

During his visit, Mellor will attend classes, give a public lecture, and interact with students and faculty. 

He will lecture during Common Hour on Thursday, April 7, in the Norton Theatre. His talk will be on “East Meets West: Encounters Along The Ancient ‘Silk Road’”. 

Mellor has taught Greek and Roman history at UCLA since 1976. His research has centered on ancient religion and Roman historiography, and he is the author of Thea Rome: The Goddess Roma in the Greek World; Tacitus; The Roman Historians; Tacitus: The Classical Heritage; Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire; and Tacitus’ Annals

There will be a display of Mellor’s work in the BSC Library. 

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. 

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 280 colleges and universities, and over 600,000 members.

 BSC is a sheltering institution for one of three Phi Beta Kappa chapters in the state of Alabama. Dr. Susan Hagen, BSC’s Mary Collett Munger Professor of English and director of the Harrison Honors Program, is a District Senator for the PBK Senate.

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