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

  • Phi Beta Kappa Member Amanda Gorman

    Amanda Gorman (ΦBK, Harvard University) read her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Her words and presentation were a remarkable testament to the power of the humanities. Gorman made history as the first U.S. youth poet laureate in 2017, and was previously selected as a winner of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded National Youth Spoken Word Ambassador Program in 2016.

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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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  • Statement Condemning the January 6th Attack on Democracy

    The Phi Beta Kappa Society strongly condemns the violent actions that took place at the Capitol this week and the role that several members of the Society played in contesting a free and fair election.

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Behind The Key

Francis Su (ΦBK, University of Texas) is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He has previously served as president of the Mathematical Association of America, and his speeches and writing have earned acclaim for describing the humanity of mathematics, and for calling people to greater awareness of issues that contribute to inequitable mathematics education.