Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar to Speak to Rhodes Classes

Students in two Rhodes classes will get the opportunity to engage with Dr. Vincent Wimbush, a scholar of religion and the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. On Nov. 12, he will visit Religious Studies 259: Christian Monasticism, taught by Prof. Bernadette McNary-Zak. On Nov. 13, he will visit Prof. Ernest Gibson’s English 224: Survey of African-American Literature.

Wimbush’s current research focuses on theorizing “scriptures” in terms of cultural practices and their politics and consequences. He is author or editor of more than 12 books including MisReading America and African Americans and the Bible. He also is past president of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has offered undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. Rhodes has hosted Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars since the program’s inaugural year. 

Wimbush will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Hardie Auditorium.