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Interview with Jenn Shapland

Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir by Jenn Shapland (Tin House) is the 2021 recipient of Phi Beta Kappa’s Christian Gauss Award.

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Bringing Poetry and Science Together

“Knowledge has always been my North Star, and it’s been what’s made my path through life possible.” — Lucille Lang Day (ΦBK, UC Berkeley)

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The Road Less Traveled

Trivest Partners COO Todd Jerles (ΦBK, Indiana University Bloomington) has certainly proved that a liberal arts and sciences degree is more relevant in the business world than one may initially think.

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Interview with Sarah Stewart Johnson

The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World by Sarah Stewart Johnson is the recipient of the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.

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Visiting Scholar Marta Tienda at Hofstra University

If not for the pandemic, Tienda would have traveled to Hofstra University in person, but on February 7 and 8, her virtual visit via Zoom was a success for students and faculty alike.

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Betty White’s ΦBK Connection

Betty White married Allen Ludden (ΦBK, University of Texas) in 1963. They remained married till his death in 1981, but Ludden’s legacy is much more than his love story with a beloved star.

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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.