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 Yamashita Family’s ΦBK Legacy

    From a World War II internment camp to the current global pandemic, the Yamashita family shares their story of three generations of Phi Beta Kappa members in The Key Reporter.

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  • Affirming Our Values

    The Phi Beta Kappa Society stands with those who protest racism, police brutality, and injustice against people and communities of color, especially the Black community. The ideals of liberal arts and sciences education and rigorous scholarship should empower us to face the structures that perpetuate racism, to voice our demands for change, and to hold our democracy to the highest standards.

  • 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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Behind The Key

Alison C. Rollins (ΦBK, Howard University) is a professor, librarian, and creative writer. Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and the Lead Teaching and Learning Librarian at Colorado College, Rollins is also on faculty at the Pacific Northwest College of Art Low-Residency Creative Writing MFA Program. She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her work, including the 2019 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.