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From Olympic Athlete to English Teacher: Broadening Others’ Worlds

Carolyn Wood (ΦBK, University of Oregon) may be known as the former American Olympic swimmer or even for the records she held. But to Wood, what gives her life meaning has been her teaching.

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ΦΒΚ Award Winners 2021

Read about ΦΒΚ winners and finalists for this year’s MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, ΦΒΚ Book Awards, National Book Awards, Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes.

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Boren Scholar Prepares for Four Months of International Service

Theori Henry (ΦBK, Mercer University) will travel to Tanzania to further her study of Swahili and international affairs.

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A Young Scientific and Creative Mind

Anna Wilson (ΦBK, Washington University in St. Louis), currently hard at work in the Washington University Neurofibromatosis Center, hopes one day to specialize in patient-centered and directed research through creativity and collaboration.

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Taking Time & Making Space: How a ΦBK Graduate Connected Racial Justice, Health, and Representation at CMU

Joshua Pinckney (ΦBK, Carnegie Mellon University) is the co-founder the Black and Latinx Student-Athlete Coalition and Plaidvocates supporter, a peer wellness group for athletes. 

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New York Association Opens Doors with Scholarships

ΦBKNY is investing in the next generation through a scholarship program benefitting New York City-area community college graduates.

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A Deeper Look into Wittgenstein

James Klagge (ΦBK, College of William and Mary) brings history, philosophy, and poetry together in his newest books on Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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At the Crossroads of Medicine and the Arts: Dr. Joel Cooper

With a career spanning both journalism and medicine, Cooper (ΦBK, University of Denver) balances his scientific interests with a passion for music and photography.

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Changes to DC Phi Beta Kappa’s Mentorship Program Offer Opportunities for Better, More Inclusive Mentorship

DCΦBK President Rebecca DeSantis Randall discusses the mentorship program, its evolution, and her own experience with the program when she was a student.

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Longtime Key Reporter Editor, Barbara Ryan

Journalism was among her true loves. As a leading practitioner of her art, Ryan was able to create and carefully craft the telling of events that she knew would change lives.

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What Graduating ΦBK During the Pandemic Meant to Me

Chloe White is a 2021 Washington University Phi Beta Kappa inductee and the winner of this year’s PBKNY Essay Contest.

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From the Secretary: Report from the Triennial Council

This past summer, we convened the 46th ΦBK Triennial Council, the first ever to be entirely virtual. We gathered to celebrate the fundamental role that liberal arts and sciences education plays in our society and our democracy.