Articles

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What Growing Up in a Family of ΦBK Inductees Teaches about the True Nature of Education

For President of Middlebury College Laurie L. Patton, being a member of Phi Beta Kappa isn’t just a matter of academic achievement. It’s also a family affair. 

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How a Love for Learning Has Fueled the Flames for Grilling Expert and Author Steven Raichlen

New York Times Bestselling food author Steven Raichlen (ΦBK, Reed College) discusses his love of history, writing, and of course cooking.

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The Struggle to Champion the Work of a Forgotten Astronomer Continues

This December marked the 100-year anniversary of the death of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (ΦBK, Radcliffe College), an astronomer whose legacy and groundbreaking findings remain largely obscured by history. 

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One More Tool in the Toolbox

John Rumpler (ΦBK, Tufts), senior director of Environment America’s clean water program, recently spearheaded the Get the Lead Out campaign, gaining billions for infrastructure remediation.

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Dartmouth ΦBK Named among Top Women Lawyers

Practicing tax law with a human rights background appears unconventional, but Nair credits her success to her experience with social justice.

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Small Campus, Big Strides

ΦBK member Becca Gadiel of Knox College was named Student Laureate for the 2021-2022 school year by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois for her exceptional academic achievements.

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Getting an Education—No Matter the Age, Barriers

At age 65 Melinda Spitzer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Florida International University with a B.A. in women’s and gender studies.

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Bringing Diverse Education to Costume

Rachel Pollock (ΦBK, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) is a professional costumer and has worked as a dyer at the Broadway production house Parsons-Meares, Ltd. on shows like Hamilton, Lion King, and Frozen.

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Turning Points in Poetry

Former Phi Beta Kappa Senator Rita Dove (ΦBK, Miami University) discusses her latest collection of poems, Playlist for the Apocalypse.

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Comedy as an Educational Tool

Television and film producer Caty Borum Chattoo (ΦBK, Virginia Tech) skillfully entertains with creativity and documentary storytelling that underline the importance of social justice.

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The American Tradition of Jewishness in Cinema

In her latest book Helene Meyers (ΦBK, Pennsylvania State University) discusses films that have brought healing as well as helped viewers and actors to recognize antisemitism previously invisible to them.

Phi Beta Kappa Writing Internships

Intern with a nationally recognized organization in Washington, DC, while working remotely! The Phi Beta Kappa Society is seeking writing interns to help publicize the work of the Society and write stories about our alumni members. Applicants must be new members of Phi Beta Kappa within their first or second year to be considered for this position.