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Getting an Education—No Matter the Age, Barriers

At age 65 Melinda Spitzer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Florida International University with a B.A. in women’s and gender studies.

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Bringing Diverse Education to Costume

Rachel Pollock (ΦBK, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) is a professional costumer and has worked as a dyer at the Broadway production house Parsons-Meares, Ltd. on shows like Hamilton, Lion King, and Frozen.

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Turning Points in Poetry

Former Phi Beta Kappa Senator Rita Dove (ΦBK, Miami University) discusses her latest collection of poems, Playlist for the Apocalypse.

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Comedy as an Educational Tool

Television and film producer Caty Borum Chattoo (ΦBK, Virginia Tech) skillfully entertains with creativity and documentary storytelling that underline the importance of social justice.

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The American Tradition of Jewishness in Cinema

In her latest book Helene Meyers (ΦBK, Pennsylvania State University) discusses films that have brought healing as well as helped viewers and actors to recognize antisemitism previously invisible to them.

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2021 Pulitzer Prize: Andrea Januta

Reuters News journalist Andrea Januta (ΦBK, Yale University) earned a 2021 Pulitzer Prize in the category or Explanatory Reporting for the series “Shielded.”

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2021 Nobel Laureates

Congratulations to Ardem Patapoutian (ΦBK, UCLA) of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Scripps Research and Joshua D. Angrist (ΦBK, Oberlin College) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, two of our members among this year’s winners.

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From the Secretary: Measuring the Value of Higher Education

We are living in a time saturated with rankings, but what we treasure most about a university experience cannot fully be captured by that which can be concretely measured.

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Arts & Sciences Initiative: The Winter of Democracy

As we look ahead to this winter and beyond, Phi Beta Kappa will continue to highlight opportunities to strengthen democracy through liberal arts and sciences education.

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Custom Tradition: Supporting Women Artisans

For the founder of Custom Tradition, Chisama Ku Penn (ΦBK, Earlham College), learning has been about centering other individuals and communities, understanding their needs as they define them.

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2021 Book Awards

​The ΦBK Book Awards are given annually to outstanding scholarly books published in the United States. See this year’s winners!

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Visiting Scholar Program: Forest Rohwer’s Visit to Elmira College

Forest Rohwer (ΦBK, San Diego State University), a professor of
biology at San Diego State University, uses viromics to study ecosystems ranging from the human body to coral reefs.