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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  • National Office will be Closed

    The Phi Beta Kappa Society national office will be closed beginning on Monday, December 24, 2018 and will re-open on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

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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 Amy Cheng Vollmer, a microbiologist whose research centers on how bacteria react to different types of stresses. Vollmer discusses her ongoing fascination with bacteria, why failure is important in her field, the need for STEAM, not just STEM, and what it means to her to be a Chinese-American woman in the sciences.

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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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Behind The Key

Caty Borum Chattoo (ΦBK, Virginia Tech) is Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact and Executive in Residence in the School of Communication at American University. She is an award-winning communication strategist and documentary film/TV producer working at the intersection of social-change communication, research, documentary and entertainment storytelling.