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Beating the Odds

Alexis Lenderman-Black (ΦΒΚ, Western Michigan University) and her husband Justin Black are the authors of Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat The Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness, and Love, the true story of how they found each other and broke the generational cycle of trauma.

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From the Secretary: Climb High and Far

Each of the approximately 20,000 students who will become new members this year has a unique story, and each has achieved a level of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives and careers in an ever-changing world.

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2022-2023 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. Meet our scholars for the coming academic year!

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Book Clubs Spark Community and Inspiration

Coast to coast, Phi Beta Kappa associations continue to host monthly book group meetings, offering members a chance to dive into classics, new favorites, and topics of the day through a historical lens. Check ΦBK’s website for a meeting near you!

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What Springs to Mind This March?

The National Arts & Sciences Initiative updates our members and champions of the arts and sciences about state and federal budget advocacy for FY23.

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William Monroe Trotter

Trotter earned graduate and postgraduate degrees at Harvard University and was the first man of color to become a ΦBK member there in 1895. Learn more about Harvard’s recently established William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice.

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The Power of Music to Heal and Educate

Soprano Ashley Galvani Bell (ΦBK, Yale University) advises newly inducted Phi Beta Kappas, “Don’t be afraid to try to make your own path.”

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Interview with Alice Baumgartner

South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice Baumgartner (Basic Books) is the 2021 recipient of ΦBK’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award.

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In Memoriam: Kenneth M. Greene

Secretary and CEO of Phi Beta Kappa from 1975 to 1989, Kenneth M. Greene (ΦBK, Brown University) passed away in December at the age of 101.

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Stephen Breyer (ΦΒΚ, Stanford University), who has served on the Supreme Court of the United States since 1994, plans to retire from his position this year.

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English Nationalism and Identity in the Age of Brexit

Dulcie Everitt (ΦBK, Connecticut College) grew up in London, England. Her new book BrexLit examines how literature reacts to moments of political upheaval.

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Writing to Overcome Anxiety

ΦBK author Terri Bacow combines cognitive behavioral therapy with guided journaling, pop culture references, and graphics for a youth audience.