In Defense of Political Science Spending

The National Science Foundation discontinues political science grants for its fall cycle in response to the Coburn Amendment.

College Affordability

President Obama, traveling through the Northeast on a two-day bus tour early this fall, laid out his plan to address college affordability.

Proposed Cuts for NEA & NEH

The Interior and Environment bill for the 2014 fiscal year contains a 49 percent reduction of the NEA and NEH budgets.

2013 Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship in Greek Studies

Lela Urquhart of Georgia State University is using the $20,000 fellowship stipend to complete her book, “Colonization, Religion and State Formation in the Archaic West Mediterranean.”

Clinton to Receive Medal of Freedom

Bill Clinton (ΦBK, Georgetown University, 1968) to be recognized for his work to improve and promote global health, economy, and the environment.

Consulting a Genius: Interview with Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) and This Is How You Lose Her (2012).

New Federal Reserve Chair

Janet L. Yellen (ΦBK, Brown University, 1966) is the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve.

National Arts and Sciences Initiative

On December 4, the Phi Beta Kappa Society launched its National Arts and Sciences Initiative at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Inaugural 1776 Award

On December 4, ΦBK recognized Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Representative Rush Holt of New Jersey for their outstanding contributions to education and higher learning.

ΦBK Member Selected as Rhodes Scholar

Meredith Lukens Wheeler (ΦBK, Stanford University, 2013) of Fort Collins, Colorado, was awarded a Rhodes scholarship for her exemplary work involving the Middle East.

A Little Dog with a Big Story

ΦBK member Julie Freyermuth’s new children’s book, Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?, tells the lovable story of a tiny dog in search of his special gift, serving as a therapy dog.

Nature Conservancy Welcomes New Board Chair

Daniel C. Chung (ΦBK, Harvard University, 1983) assumed his new role as Chair of the Conservancy’s New York Board on December 4, 2013.