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.

News & Features

  • The 2019 Summer Reading List is Here

    What makes summer truly great? Carving out time for leisurely reading, whether it’s by the pool, at the beach, on a plane—or even just in your own living room. The Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2019 Summer Reading List offers a selection of books that will deepen your love of learning and let you explore a wide range of subjects.

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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 toolkit.pbk.org. Sign up for our monthly newsletter below.

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  • Phi Beta Kappa Launches Key into Public Service

    The program will connect arts and sciences students with scholarships and public sector opportunities. ΦBK will award $5,000 scholarships to a cohort of 20 rising sophomore, junior, and senior liberal arts and science majors with a demonstrated interest in public sector work. Additionally, the Society will provide in-person training, mentoring, and pathways into public service for recipients.

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Behind The Key

Jedediah S. Purdy (ΦBK, Harvard University) is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He teaches and writes on constitutional, environmental, and property law as well as legal theory and law’s intersection with social and political thought. Purdy has authored six books, including After Nature and a trilogy on American politics that concluded with A Tolerable Anarchy.