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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  • #PBKSelfKey Contest

    New members can share a #PBKSelfKey on Twitter or Instagram and be entered for a chance to win a Phi Beta Kappa Prize bag. The contest will end June 16, 2019, after which we'll choose one winner selected at random from all eligible photos. You can learn more about the official rules and details below.

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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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  • Next Line, Please

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

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Behind The Key

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (ΦBK, Stanford University) is an author, data scientist, and speaker who studies what we can learn about people from new, internet data sources. His 2017 book Everybody Lies was a New York Times bestseller and an Economist Book of the Year. Seth is a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times and has worked as a visiting lecturer at the Wharton School and a data scientist at Google.