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

  • Announcing the ΦΒΚ Book Awards Short List

    Phi Beta Kappa congratulates the authors who are shortlisted for Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards. Fifteen compelling titles were chosen as finalists in three categories: literary criticism, science, and studies of history, philosophy and culture. Three winners will be honored in December with a $10,000 prize and a celebratory dinner in Washington, D.C.

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  • Key Connections is Coming

    From September 6-9, 2018, Phi Beta Kappa will launch Key Connections, an event series designed to welcome recent Phi Beta Kappa members, in at least 20 cities across the country. Hosted by Phi Beta Kappa alumni associations, the events will offer young professional members a chance to connect and network with their peers.

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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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Behind The Key

Matthew A. Kriegsman (ΦBK, Brandeis University, 2011) is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Formerly an attorney and mediator at the New York City Unified Family Court System, he earned his pilot’s license at only 18 years old. As member of the New York Phi Beta Kappa Association leadership team, he has recently launched PBKNY’s Young Professionals Network.