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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  • Work with Phi Beta Kappa

    The national office of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, seeks a creative, collaborative, and forward-thinking individual to provide programmatic and administrative support for the Society’s National Arts & Sciences Initiative. The deadline to apply for this position is June 26, 2018.

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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

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    Each Tuesday, The American Scholar's readers contribute a new line of verse—or a completed poem—in collaboration with a renowned poet.


Behind The Key

Tamar Mardirossian Kaprelian is an Armenian-American singer, songwriter, and social entrepreneur. Her debut album, Sinner or a Saint, was released in 2010, and in 2015 she represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest. She is a co-founder of Nvak, a music education program for talented musicians in countries facing social, political, and economic difficulties. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 2016.