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Fall 2021

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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. Continue reading →

Member Spotlght

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Member Spotlight: Laurie L. Patton

Patton (ΦBK, Harvard University) is the 17th president of Middlebury College and the first woman to lead the institution in its 218-year history. Continue reading →


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Fall to It?

To help chapter institutions and our alumni members meet the moment, the Society’s National Arts & Sciences Initiative offers a number of new resources. Continue reading →

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Key Connections Returns, Virtually and In Person

For the fifth year in a row, Phi Beta Kappa has partnered with our local associations in cities across the country for Key Connections, an event series designed to welcome recent inductees and members who might have recently relocated. Continue reading →

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ΦΒΚ President & Vice President Elected

The Society is pleased to announce the election of Peter Quimby as president of the Society. Esther Jones was elected as vice president. Both positions are for a three-year term from 2021 to 2024. The election took place August 5 at the Society’s 46th Triennial Council.  Continue reading →

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New ΦBK Chapters Created

Phi Beta Kappa voted to establish three new chapters at the 46th Triennial Council. The Society awarded new chapters to Phi Beta Kappa faculty at Providence College, Rollins College, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Continue reading →

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Visiting Scholar Marta Tienda

Tienda (ΦBK, Michigan State University), professor emerita of sociology at Princeton University, is one of 13 prominent scholars in the liberal arts and sciences selected to serve as a ΦBK Visiting Scholar during the 2021-2022 academic year.  Continue reading →

Book Reviews

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Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind over a Universe of Death

Harold Bloom. Yale University Press, 2020. 603 pages. $35.00. Continue reading →

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The Art Museum in Modern Times

Charles Saumarez-Smith. Thames & Hudson Ltd., London and New York, 2021. 271 pages. $39.95. Continue reading →

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Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide

Martin Rees, General Editor. Third Edition. DK/Smithsonian, 2020. 528 pages. $50.00. Continue reading →

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