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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.

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MacArthur Fellow Jesse Shapiro

Shapiro (ΦBK, Harvard) is an applied microeconomist at Brown University whose work address a wide variety of pressing problems, including political polarization, media bias, and recidivism.

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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.