San Bernardino – Dr. W. Benson Harer, a longtime supporter of Cal State San Bernardino and the university’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA), has pledged $900,000 to establish a visiting faculty position on campus that will focus on teaching Egyptology and early Egyptian art history.
Titled the W. Benson Harer Egyptology Scholar in Residence, the position will bring to the university community one of the world’s preeminent experts in this field, serving as a part-time (single quarter) visiting faculty position in the history department of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
According to school officials, the Harer Scholar will teach one course in the history department or art department, and serve as guest lecturer to courses that would benefit from the experience and scholarship of a preeminent Egyptologist, under the leadership of the dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Harer Scholar will also to be the keynote speaker at a special community-based event.
Harer has been fascinated with ancient Egypt his entire life and in 2014, he and his late wife, Pamela, created the Pamela and Dr. Benson Harer Fellowship specializing in Egyptology, CSUSB’s first-ever fully endowed faculty fellowship. Kate Liszka, an assistant professor of history, joined the university in 2015 as the first Harer Fellow.
The Harer Family Trust has also provided a substantial collection of Egyptian antiquities as gifts and on permanent loan to RAFFMA. The collection has become the centerpiece for several educational programs, including the “Kids Discover Egypt” annual summer program for local children.
“We are so fortunate to have Ben Harer as a friend and supporter of CSUSB,” said university President Tomás D. Morales. “Ben’s caring, dedication, and generosity will bring thoughtful and insightful knowledge and appreciation of ancient Egypt to our students, the campus community, and our region.”