News and Features

  Americans Can Move to Common Ground

In response to a recent survey done by the Pew Research Center on Americans' views of the value of higher education, ΦΒΚ Secretary/CEO Fred Lawrence writes in The Hill:

"The clear majority of college-educated Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, recognize that their higher education experience has played a major role in facilitating a productive career and a meaningful life."

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      Vulgar Tongues, Cruel Etymologies, and a Spot of Poetry

In the latest episode of The American Scholar's podcast Smarty Pants, host Stephanie Bastek explores what power words have, and how their meanings change across centuries—and continents. Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, talks about how moving from Britain to Baltimore changed his work; Jennifer Choi unearths the cruel etymology behind an innocuous blue birthmark; and Max Décharné draws a map of the vulgar tongue. 
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National Arts & Sciences Initiative


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

      The Members Behind The Key

Introducing two members who have spent the summer as part of the ΦΒΚ National Office staff – Claire Halffield, Communications Assistant, who graduated from DePauw University this past spring, and Mackenzie Fusco, Arts & Sciences Initiative Assistant, who is a rising senior at The George Washington University.    

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