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Mathematical Excursions to the World’s Great Buildings

In our age of digital building plans and computerized construction, it is often forgotten that the most prized ancient spaces are upheld, quite literally, by simple applications of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.

ΦBK Member Gloria Steinem Honored by President

Steinem is one of five women to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year, a testament to her work and women’s growing presence on the national and global stage.

Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural

Victoria Nelson’s new book, Gothicka, wins Association of American Publishers PROSE Award for excellence in literature.

Education and Environmental Responsibility

We have come to see the natural world as separate from ourselves and subservient to our needs, but as ΦBK members, we have a special reason to be concerned.

Choose Liberally from the Course Book of Life

C. Thomas Work asks what’s worth paying for, the kind of college education that gets you a first job, or the kind that equips you for a lifetime of job changes?

ΦBK Atlanta Alumni Association

The Metropolitan Atlanta Alumni Association High School Book Award increases awareness of Phi Beta Kappa among college-bound students.

“You Had To Be There”: Diana Taylor at LSU

ΦBK Visiting Scholar Diana Taylor, a specialist in performance studies from New York University, spoke about the complex issues surrounding the preservation of a live work of art.

Marche Academique: A Musical Tradition for Phi Beta Kappans

Joseph Rivers, a professor of music at the University of Tulsa, has composed an original work for brass quintet especially for Phi Beta Kappa processions.

Inaugural Lebowitz Prize: Expanding Justice, Including Disability

Anita Silvers and Eva Feder Kittay are the first scholars to receive the Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prizes for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution.

At the Cost of Possibility

In the past decade, the proportion of students receiving merit-based aid has doubled, while need-based aid is slowly declining. What are the causes for this shift?

How the Apocalypse Found Me: Interview with Jay Rubenstein

Rubenstein received the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for his latest book, Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse.

Matthew Kupfer Awarded Carnegie Fellowship

Kupfer, a new ΦBK initiate from Brandeis, will have the opportunity to work with some of the Carnegie endowment’s senior associates in the Russia and Eurasia Program.