Love of Learning is the Guide of Life

Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education.

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  • Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Violence

    Phi Beta Kappa condemns the recent increase in incidents of violence against Asians and people of Asian descent in the United States and around the world. We have signed on to the American Council Of Learned Societies statement rebuking this violence.

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  • The Arts, Humanities and Sciences Need Your Voice Now

    Now more than ever, we must make the case about the value of the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa has the tools you need to make the case for the arts and sciences with local, state, and national policymakers. Find out how you can help spread the word and take action today at Sign up for our monthly newsletter below.

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  • #PBKSelfKey Contest

    New members can share a #PBKSelfKey on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram and be entered for a chance to win a Phi Beta Kappa Prize bag. The contest will end June 30, 2021, after which we'll choose one winner selected at random from all eligible photos. You can learn more about the official rules and details below.

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Behind The Key

Columba Stewart (ΦBK, Harvard College) is Professor of Theology at Saint John’s University and executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, both in Collegeville, MN. In 2019, Father Stewart was named the Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.