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What Do You Teach? A Brief Essay on Education

Bob Colyer (ΦBK, Dartmouth College) has been a highly successful instructor, coach, and administrator on the high school and college levels. He is the author of Swim Better: A Guide to Greater Efficiency for Swimmers and Instructors

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Ellen Ochoa on the Importance of Representation in Science

Former director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, engineer and astronaut Ellen Ochoa (ΦBK, San Diego State University) now serves as chair of the National Science Board.

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Graphic Novelist François Vigneault

François Vigneault (ΦBK, Reed College), a freelance cartoonist, illustrator, designer, is the co-creator of the YA comic book series 13e Avenue.

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Publisher and Early Civil Rights Icon William Monroe Trotter

A founder of the Boston Guardian and the Niagara Movement, Trotter was the first African American ΦBK member elected by the Harvard chapter.

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Princeton Student Makes History as First Black Valedictorian

Nicholas André G. Johnson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton in May 2020. He begins his Ph.D. studies at MIT in the fall.

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Remembering Rudolph Fisher, Leading Figure of the Harlem Renaissance

Renowned in both the sciences and the literary world, Rudolph Fisher (ΦBK, Brown University) was the definition of a Renaissance Man. 

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Darwin T. Turner, Father of African American Studies

Darwin T. Turner (ΦBK, University of Cincinnati) dedicated his life and career to the struggle to legitimate the literature of African American and Black authors as subjects of serious scholarly attention.

Former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus

We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but Mabus is hopeful the recent Black Lives Matter protests can be translated into the dismantling of systematic racism.

Join Us Online for Key Conversations

ΦBK’s podcast introduces listeners to central figures in our national and international community of thinkers, like award-winning author Edwidge Danticat.

2020 Lebowitz Prize

Agnes Callard of the University of Chicago and Laurie Paul of Yale University have won the 2020 Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution.

Love of Learning, Virtually

In these difficult times virtual ceremonies honor the achievements of our newest members and affirm the values cultivated by their arts and sciences education.

Meet the Key into Public Service Scholars

The Society’s Key into Public Service program highlights specific pathways for liberal arts and sciences graduates seeking public service careers.