Italian professor will speak twice at NSU: Wednesday lecture, Sunday Phi Beta Delta induction


NATCHITOCHES – Dr. Francesco Tamburini, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pisa, Italy, will be the guest speaker for two lectures at Northwestern State University.  Tamburini has lectured and presented papers in Italy, the United States, Morocco and London on the Arab Spring, the politics of Italy and various geopolitical topics. His area of expertise is northern Africa and he often speaks about transnational ethnic nationalism.


Tamburini will present a special lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in Russell Hall Room 213.  He will be guest speaker at NSU’s Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14 in the Natchitoches Room in Russell Hall.  The public is invited to attend both events.


The members of Phi Beta Delta include faculty, staff and students who are selected on the basis of their international orientation, scholarship accomplishment and/or contribution to international exchange. Eleven new members will be inducted into this international honor society.


New faculty/staff members are Sara Wright of the School of Business, Susan Thorson-Barnett of the Department of Psychology; Sofiko Tchetchelashvili, Nicholaus Cummins, Malena McLaren and Robyn Tan of the Department of Music; Valerie Salter of Hospitality Management and Tourism, and Richard St. Peter of the Department of Theatre and Dance.


New student members include Louisiana Scholars’ College student Colleen Reese and Business majors Taylor Poleman and Brianne Lashley.


Phi Beta Delta is the first honor society in the United States to recognize scholarship achievement in international education. It was established in 1987 and now has over 200 chapters at universities in the United States and around the world. Its goals are to increase the recognition, credibility, and importance of the international experience and create a catalyst for international academic-based programming on college campuses while providing support and recognition to those individuals on campuses who are involved in international endeavors.


The Northwestern State University Chapter of Phi Beta Delta received its charter in April 2010 with the induction of 25 faculty staff, and student members. This academic year Phi Beta Delta sponsored a Student Study Abroad Panel in November and held two no-host dinners for members and friends.


The Eta Mu Chapter at NSU is committed to supporting international students, domestic students who are interested in international travel and affairs, and faculty and staff who engage in international research and travel and is proud to announce the establishment of a scholarship for international and domestic students for the 2019-2020 academic year. Phi Beta Delta is interdisciplinary in nature and includes individuals from all content areas.


For more information about Phi Beta Delta contact Chapter Coordinator and President Sharon Joy at or 318 357-5754.