Member Spotlight

Ta-Nehisi Coates

“The pursuit of knowing was freedom to me, the right to declare
your own curiosities and follow them through all manner of books.”
— Ta-Nehisi Coates

Gregg Hurwitz

“My liberal arts education is my most treasured possession.
The values at the heart of Phi Beta Kappa ensure a full measure
of success. Not just financial or professional success, but
the triumph of living an enriched and stimulating life.”
— Gregg Hurwitz

Cornel West

American philosopher and activist Dr. Cornel West has dedicated his life to education and the advancement of social causes. In 1992, he was made an honorary member, fitting recognition for his remarkable scholarly work and his ongoing contribution to the public intellectual life of the country.

Rosa Brooks

“International human rights thus offers us a new discourse, a new rhetoric, one that has already demonstrated its ability  to inspire, to provoke new intellectual insights, and to lead  thousands of American young people to embrace activist agendas.”                                            […]

Merrick Garland

“We must make sure that there is a justice system that works and follows the Constitution and that resolves the issues in an appropriate way. That’s what judges are supposed to do – make sure that they are faithful to the Constitution, faithful to the law, and have the people’s trust that if they come […]

Julia Wolfe

“Music is mathematical, spiritual, poetic, physical, emotional, scientific, and more….Through a musical lens I explore who we are as American workers.” — Julia Wolfe

Julia Child

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook— try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”                                            — Julia Child               […]

Jimmy Carter

James Earl Carter, Jr., served as U.S. President from 1977 to 1981. His foreign policy was characterized by a staunch commitment to human rights, epitomized by the Camp David Accords. In 2002, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work through the Carter Center in Atlanta.

Philip R. Cohen

New York Medical College, 1983, MDFranklin & Marshall College, 1979, BA Biology, Magna cum laude Occupation:  Physician (dermatologist) Chapter and Induction Year:  Theta of Pennsylvania Chapter, 2003 Field(s) of Study:  Medicine (specializing in dermatology with additional fellowship training in laboratory research, dermatopathology, and Mohs microscopically controlled surgery). In a few words, my passion is mentoring; […]

Edward L. Ayers

Edward L. Ayers received a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama at a ceremony held at the White House on July 10, 2013.  “Being inducted into ΦBK was the first academic honor I ever received and is still one of the most meaningful. The key told me that I belonged to a long and […]

Richard Powers

“What I really like to learn how to do is to build sentences that are equal to mental states.”                                                        — Richard Powers By Victoria Mariconti The celebrated and prolific […]

Harold A. Drake

Harold (Hal) Drake’s impressive career and outlook on life exemplify Phi Beta Kappa’s motto “Love of learning is the guide of life.”