Phi Beta Kappa Speaker to Discuss Issues of Citizenship Nov. 11

Nov. 8, 1999

Dr. Paul A. Rahe, the Jay P. Walker Professor of History at the University of Tulsa, will discuss issues of citizenship in a multicultural society during the Roy B. Albaugh Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in Miller Chapel on the Baylor University campus. Rahe's lecture, "Don Corleone, Multiculturalist," is sponsored by the Zeta of Texas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

"'Don Corleone, Multiculturalist' discusses the question of whether one can be what Don Corleone (the title character in The Godfather) calls 'a good American' and be 'armed' with what he calls 'true friends,'" Rahe said. "The talk starts out with the opening scene of The Godfather and then turns to the modern literature on friendship before looking at the philosophy of Alexis de Toqueville. It is exceedingly accessible and one need not have seen the movie."

Rahe received his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Yale University, where he also earned his doctorate. He received a Rhodes Scholarship in 1971 and studied at Oxford University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree with first class honors. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Rahe held posts in the history department at Cornell University and the classics department at Franklin and Marshall University before being named assistant professor of history at the University of Tulsa in 1983. He served as chair of the department from 1994 to 1998.

Rahe, whose field of expertise is ancient Greek and Roman history, is the author of Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution; Republics Ancient and Modern II: New Modes and Orders in Early Modern Political Thought; and Republics Ancient and Modern III: Inventions of Prudence: Constituting the American Regime.

The Roy B. Albaugh Phi Beta Kappa Lectureship was endowed in the late 1970s by Mrs. Oma Buchanan Albaugh in memory of her late husband, a Waco business and civic leader from his move to Waco in 1920 until his death in 1964.

Rahe's lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dr. Rebecca Sharpless, director of the Institute for Oral History, at 710-3437.

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