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 2018 Book Awards Winners

    Congratulations to the authors of three exceptional books selected for the 2018 Book Awards. The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science winner is Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky; The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award goes to Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 by Mike Wallace; and The Christian Gauss Award is presented to Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow.

    about the winners see the short list
  • Writing Internships for Spring 2018

    Interns are needed for the Key Reporter website. Applicants must be new members of the Society and be able to complete five publishable articles over a five-month period starting in January 2019. Interns will work remotely and receive a $1,000 stipend. The deadline to apply is November 9, 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 Sign up for our monthly newsletter below.

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Behind The Key

Catherine Schreiber (ΦBK, Yale College) is a two-time Tony Award winning Broadway producer, writer, and actress. Best known as a producer of Clybourne Park (2012) and the 2018 revival of Angels in America, she was named the Broadway Global Producer of the Year in 2017. She has received numerous awards, including six Tony nominations, four Olivier nominations, and an Evening Standard Award.