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Frontier Forum to feature Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Dr. Cathleen Kaveny

The USF College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is set to welcome law and ethics professor and Carl F. Cranor Visiting Scholar Dr. Cathleen Kaveny on Nov. 15 at the Judy Genshaft Honors College, as part of the signature lecture series Frontier Forum.

Dr. Cathleen Kaveny. (Photo courtesy of Phi Beta Kappa)

Dr. Cathleen Kaveny. (Photo courtesy of Phi Beta Kappa)

Kaveny, who is visiting as part of the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Visiting Scholar Program, is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College, where she has dual appointments in the law school and the theology department. Her work focuses on the intersections of law, religion, and ethics in a divided, pluralistic society.

According to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students.

“The USF PBK chapter is proud to partner with the Frontier Forum program to bring PBK Visiting Scholars to the university. The Visiting Scholars program annually makes available some of the top scholars and communicators in the nation,” said Dr. Charles Adams, Judy Genshaft Endowed Dean of the Judy Genshaft Honors College. “The highlight of each Visiting Scholars’ appearance is the public talk, but they also visit classes and meet with students during their time on campus. Dr. Kaveny’s visit promises to be a memorable event for our entire community.”

During her Frontier Forum lecture titled “Can We Be Civil? Prophetic Indictment and Call-out Culture in American Public Life,” Kaveny will highlight “civility” and “call out” culture in American social and political discourse. She will examine tensions between the two types of discourse by referring back to a characteristically American form of political rhetoric: prophetic indictment, which finds its roots in Puritan Massachusetts, but whose reach has extended to the current day.

“The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to continue its tradition of bringing to USF scholars who are experts in their fields like Dr. Kaveny to discuss topical issues for the benefit of our students, faculty, and community members,” CAS Interim Dean Magali Michael said.

The event, which is co-hosted by the Judy Genshaft Honors College, will begin at 7 p.m. You can find more information by visiting the event webpage

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