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Winter 2021-2022

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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. Continue reading →

Member Spotlght

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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. Continue reading →


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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. Continue reading →

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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! Continue reading →

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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. Continue reading →

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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. Continue reading →

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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.” Continue reading →

Phi Beta Kappa Writing Internships

Intern with a nationally recognized organization in Washington, D.C., while working remotely! The Phi Beta Kappa Society is seeking writing interns to help publicize the work of the Society and write stories about our alumni members. Applicants must be new members of Phi Beta Kappa within their first or second year to be considered for this position. Continue reading →

Book Reviews

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The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World

Sarah Stewart Johnson. Crown, 2020. 267 pages. $28.99. Continue reading →

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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

Jenn Shapland. Tin House, 2020. 288 pages. $22.95. Continue reading →

The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790

Ritchie Robertson. Harper, 2021. 984 pages. $45.00. Continue reading →

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