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  New Agnes Scott President Lee I. Zak

The Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees has announced its selection of Lee I. Zak as the ninth president of the college.  Zak graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College in 1979, which also recognized her as a Woman of Influence in 2012. 

“I want to set the expectations for young women that they have the ability, knowledge, and intellectual curiosity that will allow them to become members of Phi Beta Kappa.”

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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. The series is edited by David Lehman, a poet and the general editor of The Best American Poetry series.

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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

Vincent L. Wimbush, Ph.D. (ΦΒΚ, Morehouse College) is an internationally recognized scholar of religion and a former Visiting Scholar. The founding director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures, he has authored or edited over a dozen books, and is the past president of the Society of Biblical Literature. His research focuses on the trans-disciplinary and comparative study of “scriptures” as a sharp wedge for critical research and theorizing in the politics of language, social formation, consciousness, and orientation. Continue reading.

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