Member Spotlight

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., celebrated writer, literary and cultural critic, and documentary filmmaker, became a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Yale University.

Anne Firor Scott

In 2013, Anne Firor Scott (ΦΒΚ, University of Georgia, 1941) was awarded a National Humanities Medal for “pioneering the study of women in the American South.”

Annie Proulx

“I’m basically a reader, which is the best way to learn to write. I think the study of history and the marshaling of facts, the comparison of societies and movements and power structures, is far more important to my writing.” ─ Annie Proulx

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, is perhaps best-known outside of the business world for delivering a TED talk in December 2010 called “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders.” Her new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, was released earlier this year by Knopf.

Leonard Bernstein

“The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life to make sure that one note follows another…and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.”                         […]

James H. Billington

“I have been going to Russia for forty years, trying to understand the biggest land mass in the world and the psychology of a people with the most wonderful Utopian aspirations despite an experience of human suffering that few other peoples have known …”                        […]

Vijay Iyer

Praised by the music review Pitchfork as “one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,” the Grammy-nominated performer and composer Vijay Iyer (ΦBK, Yale University, 1992) has emerged as a leading engineer of contemporary music.