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Kent State to Host Carol Greenhouse as Part of the Visiting Scholar Program

Kent State University will host Carol Greenhouse, Ph.D., as part of Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars Program. Greenhouse, the Arthur W. Marks Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University, will give a public talk on campus on Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. in Merrill Hall, Room 107. Her talk “Citizens United/Citizens Divided: A Case Study in the Anthropology of Law,” will provide a cultural analysis of the controversial 2010 Supreme Court case, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, which prohibited the federal government from imposing restrictions on political expenditures by corporations and labor unions. Greenhouse plans to address some of the decision’s more controversial assertions, such as the understanding of corporations as persons and the question of what the public interest is in a democracy.

Pamela Tontodonato, Ph.D., is an officer for the Kent State Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and an associate professor in Kent State’s Department of Sociology. Tontodonato believes that Greenhouse’s visit to Kent State is a positive reflection on the university as a whole.

“I believe that Kent State’s selection as a host for Dr. Greenhouse’s visit is recognition of the university’s commitment to academic excellence,” she says. “It is also a demonstration that we live by the Phi Beta Kappa motto, ‘Love of learning is the guide of life.’ It is a positive reflection on the students and faculty at Kent State.”

Kent State is one of only 100 other schools selected by Phi Beta Kappa to host a visiting scholar this year. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Visiting Scholar program. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 and bills itself as the nation’s “most prestigious honor society.”

Greenhouse’s lecture is free and open to the public.

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