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

  • Humanities Advocates Needed

    The National Humanities Alliance is looking for advocates from 12 states for Humanities Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 12, including Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

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  • Key Conversations with Phi Beta Kappa

    Hosted by Secretary/CEO Fred Lawrence, our new podcast series features an extensive exchange with a ΦBK Visiting Scholar. In our latest episode Lawrence speaks to Paula Stephan, whose research focuses on the economics of science and the careers of scientists and engineers. Years of documenting and analyzing the role of gender in academic performance and the impact of monetary and status incentives on scholars and universities have led her to startling conclusions.

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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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Behind The Key

Pamela Trotman Reid (ΦBK, Howard University) is currently a Senior Scholar at Wayne State University, and President Emerita at the University of Saint Joseph. She is also President of the Greater Detroit Association Phi Beta Kappa, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa senate.