Winter 2018-2019

From the Secretary: Preparation for an Engaged Civic Life

A free and self-governing people require engaged and informed members of society. For this project, liberal arts education remains absolutely essential. Continue reading →

Member Spotlght

Seeing the Forest and the Trees of a Health Sciences University

Des Moines University President Angela Walker Franklin (ΦBK, Furman University, 1981) views health sciences with a liberal arts philosophy. Continue reading →


ΦBK Visiting Scholar William Chester Jordan

Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee partnered to host Jordan September 13-14. He gave a public lecture titled “The First Crusade and Jewish Martyrdom”. Continue reading →

The Keys to Winter Arts & Sciences Advocacy: New Legislators and Our New Associate

Nora Eigenbrodt recently joined Phi Beta Kappa as the National Arts & Sciences Initiative Associate. You can reach her at advocacy@pbk.org. Continue reading →

Connect with Us on the Road or Close to Home

This winter might be the perfect time to learn from one of our Visiting Scholars, attend a local museum tour, or participate in a book club. Find an event near you! Continue reading →

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2018 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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2018 Nobel Prize Winners

Two ΦBK members are among this year’s winners: Arthur Ashkin, Nobel Prize in Physics, and Frances H. Arnold, Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Continue reading →

Book Reviews

The Blood of Emmett Till

Timothy B. Tyson. Simon & Schuster, 2017. 291 pages. $7.99. Continue reading →

Our Friends the Enemies: The Occupation of France After Napoleon

Christine Haynes. Harvard University Press, 2018. 404 pages. $39.95. Continue reading →

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon. Picador, 2018. 295 pages. $28.00. Continue reading →

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