Professor Bybee Named Syracuse University’s ACC Distinguished Lecturer for 2016-17

Bybee, Keith.jpgKeith J. Bybee, the Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor, professor of political science, and director of the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media, has been designated Syracuse University’s Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Distinguished Lecturer for 2016-17.

The ACC Distinguished Lecturer program seeks to provide recognition to outstanding faculty, increase visibility of the University among ACC institutions, and to seed collaboration across ACC institutions. The program includes the opportunity to participate as a visiting lecturer at ACC intuitions and funding for research.

“Keith has an outstanding record of scholarship and University leadership. Moreover, his broad interdisciplinary expertise—spanning interests in judicial process, the politics of race and ethnicity, American politics and the media—makes him an ideal fit with this faculty distinction,” said Michele G. Wheatly, Vice Chancellor and Provost, Academic Affairs. 

Each year five ACC universities select an outstanding faculty member as The ACC Academic Consortium’s Distinguished Lecturer. Criteria include international prominence in their field, success communicating with diverse audiences, and a strong capacity for catalyzing creative thinking and collaboration.

“I am honored to be selected as Syracuse University’s ACC Distinguished Lecturer,” said Bybee. “This is a tremendous initiative to collaborate with some of the country’s top universities and bring exciting new learning opportunities to our students.”

Bybee’s latest book, How Civility Works, will be published in September by Stanford University Press. “Civility often seems to be under threat in American public life, especially during political campaigns,” Bybee noted. “In my new book, I argue that the very same factors threating civility’s existence also account for civility's power and appeal. I look forward to sharing my ideas about civility’s promise and pitfalls with students and faculty at ACC member institutions.” 

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