Member Spotlight

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Member Spotlight: David McCullough

McCullough was a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the first in 1993 for Truman, his biography of the 33rd president of the United States. He won his second Pulitzer in 2002 for John Adams.

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Colorado Gains Insights from New Recreation Industry Director

Graduating ΦBK from Earlham College in 2013, Conor Hall’s degree in political science and government has propelled him into Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry with additional missions of saving the environment and promoting sustainable and healthy living.

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William Monroe Trotter

Trotter earned graduate and postgraduate degrees at Harvard University and was the first man of color to become a ΦBK member there in 1895. Learn more about Harvard’s recently established William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice.

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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.

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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.

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Youngest Inaugural Poet in U.S. History

Amanda Gorman (ΦBK, Harvard University) recited “The Hill We Climb” at the January 20 Inauguration of President Joe Biden.

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Duke University Renames Building to Honor Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke

Among Duke’s most noteworthy ΦBK alumni, Reuben-Cooke enrolled 1963 as one of the school’s first five Black undergraduates and later returned as a trustee for the university.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg (ΦΒΚ, Cornell University) served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 to 2020.

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Princeton Student Makes History as First Black Valedictorian

Nicholas André G. Johnson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton in May 2020. He begins his Ph.D. studies at MIT in the fall.

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.

ΦBK Doctor and Medical Reporter Joins NYU Health

After working at WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News for 30 years, Jay Ben Adlersberg (ΦBK, University of Pittsburgh) recently joined NY Health to continue to serve the community.

Michael Schur: Teaching the World Philosophy through Sitcom

“Any art form that millions of people are engaging with every day, that has the ability to do something. I think the show’s argument— and my personal argument—would be that, yes, it can make you a better person and that is the explicit goal of this show.” —Michael Schur   By Daniel Myers Phi Beta […]