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Meet Fulbright Scholar Tessa Reed

Tessa Reed (ΦΒΚ, University of Iowa) is currently working as an English teaching assistant in La Rioja, Spain.

Remembering Nile Kinnick

Nile Clarke Kinnick Jr. (1918-1943) is best known for his athletic legacy as the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner. Lesser known is Kinnick’s drive for excellence in academic pursuits that earned him Phi Beta Kappa status at the University Iowa.

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Exploring Genome Research with Adam Phillippy

Adam Phillippy (ΦBK, Loyola University Maryland) discusses the genesis of his career and his thoughts about the importance of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Visiting Scholar Ricardo Padrón at the University of Connecticut

Ricardo Padrón, a professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia, gave two speeches at the University of Connecticut exploring his wide-ranging research interests in the literature and culture of the early modern Hispanic world as part of ΦBK’s Visiting Scholars Program.

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Bringing Light into the World: Interview with Artika R. Tyner

Artika R. Tyner (ΦBK, Hamline University) is the founder and CEO of Planting People Growing Justice Press and Bookstore and its sister company Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute. 

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The Humanity Behind the Science: Allyson F. Shortle on Ethnocultural Nationalism

Allyson F. Shortle (ΦBK, Union College) discusses the writing of her new book, The Everyday Crusade, and her next project.

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ΦBK Alum Named First Woman To Lead Columbia University

Nemat “Minouche” Shafik (ΦBK, University of Massachusetts) will replace Columbia University’s outgoing president Lee C. Bollinger (ΦBK, University of Oregon) making her the first woman president of the University.

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From the Secretary: A Liberal Arts Approach to Science Education

A broad-based liberal arts and sciences education prepares us for meaningful, productive, and engaged lives as citizens. The study of science, for both science majors and nonmajors, is vital for all three outcomes of a higher education.

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2023-2024 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 visiting scholars for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year!

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Gabrielle Foreman’s Visit to Fisk University

P. Gabrielle Foreman (ΦBK, Amherst College) holds the Paterno Family Chair of Liberal Arts and is a professor of English, African American studies, and history at Penn State University.

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Scholarship and Action: The March of Higher Education

What is the purpose of higher education and why should a society value it? Throughout our history, the experiences of Phi Beta Kappa members have provided powerful stories and examples. Mary Ritter Beard (ΦBK, DePauw University) is one.

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In Memoriam: Betty Lee Sung

Betty Lee Sung (ΦBK, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) was a leading authority and pioneer in the field of Chinese American studies.