Luther hosts Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Patricia Wright PBK lecture Feb. 21
As part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program, Luther College will host Patricia Wright, primatologist and distinguished service professor of anthropology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Feb. 20-21.

Wright's lecture, "Girl Power: Ladies Lead in the Lemurs of Madagascar," will focus on matriarchal social organization among lemurs in Madagascar. The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on Luther's campus and will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m. in the Valders Concourse. Both events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

During her two days on campus, Wright will also meet informally with Luther students and faculty, and participate in classroom discussions and seminars.  

In addition to her tenure at Stony Brook, Wright is also the founder of Centre ValBio research station at Ranomafana National Park, an organization dedicated to protecting Madagascar's diverse ecosystems. A major contributor to the biology, ecology, conservation and behavior of primates, Wright was awarded the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the leading award for animal conservation. She has written several books including "Madagascar: Forests of Our Ancestors," "High Moon over the Amazon: My Quest to Understand the Monkeys of the Night" and "For the Love of Lemurs: My Life in the Wilds of Madagascar."

With a mission of contributing to the academic life of institutions and facilitating the exchange of ideas between scholars and students, the Phi Beta Kappa society has offered the Visiting Scholar Program since 1956. Participating scholars travel around the country and are hosted by the institutions' Phi Beta Kappa chapters. They participate in discussions with students and in the daily academic life of the institution in addition to delivering a lecture to the public.

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