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  Phi Beta Kappa Member Named New U.S. Poet Laureate

Tracy K. Smith, director of the creative writing at Princeton and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has been named the 22nd poet laureate by the Library of Congress. Smith will take on a role held by some of the country’s most revered poets, including fellow Phi Beta Kappa member Rita Dove.

“Poetry is something that’s relevant to everyone’s life, whether they’re habitual readers of poetry or not,” Smith said.   

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      Wonder Woman's Importance in Americans Comics

In his 1944 American Scholar article, creator of Wonder Woman and Phi Beta Kappa member William Moulton Marston makes the case for superheroes—especially female ones. 

"Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, power.... The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of a Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman."

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Behind the Key

      The Members Behind The Key

Renu Urvashi Sagreiya, PBK Agnes Scott College, has a passion for service. In this interview, she talks about the way her childhood in an immigrant family shaped her aspirations and her desire to use her education to build bridges between those who have a voice in society and those who do not. After graduating from law school, her long-term aspiration is to work in a public defender's office or for the nonprofit Legal Aid Society.  

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