Black History Month continues at Mary Baldwin with Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer, Twain expert

February 6, 2001

Larzer Ziff will speak as a Phi Beta Kappa visiting lecturer at Mary Baldwin University, Feb. 22, at 12:15 p.m. in the Miller Chapel on the Staunton campus. His topic will be “Mark Twain in the Lands of Color.”

Professor Ziff is Caroline Donovan Research Professor in the department of English at Johns Hopkins University. He has been a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, and University Lecturer at Oxford University and a fellow of Exeter College. Ziff attended Middlebury College and earned his M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Chicago where he was a Phi Beta Kappa member. He has received Honorary M.A.’s from Oxford University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Established in 1942, the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows Lectureship is one of the important activities sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Fellows, a group of Phi Beta Kappa members organized to foster and advance the welfare of the Society and the ideals for which it stands. By way of its panels of distinguished speakers, the Lectureship contributes directly to the intellectual life of the campus and community.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women–the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership–as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.