2020 Spring KR DRAFT

Spring 2020

From the Secretary: ΦBK’s Nonpartisan Advocacy

Phi Beta Kappa addresses efforts to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Continue reading →

Member Spotlght

Congressman Elijah Cummings

The Honorable Elijah Cummings (ΦBK, Howard University) was a fervent civil rights advocate and American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives for Maryland’s 7th congressional district from 1996 until his death in 2019. Continue reading →


Key into Public Service Scholars

This spring, the Society launched its newest program providing $5,000 scholarships to students interested in public sector work. Continue reading →

At the Helm: ΦBK Member Makes Star Trek History

Hanelle Culpepper (ΦBK, Lake Forest) was chosen to direct the first three episodes of Star Trek: Picard (2020) and became the first woman to launch a new Star Trek series in the franchise’s 53-year history. Continue reading →

2020-2021 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Announced

Since 1956, the Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. 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

The Lost Books of Jane Austen

Janine Barchas. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. 284 pages. $35.00. Continue reading →

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

Thor Hanson. Basic Books, 2019. 305 pages. $27.00. Continue reading →

The Book of Collateral Damage

Sinan Antoon. Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright. Yale University Press, 2019. 312 pages. $24.00. Continue reading →

Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung

Nina MacLaughlin. FSG Originals, 2019. 352 pages. $16.00. Continue reading →

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