News and Features

  From the Secretary: ΦBK's Super Alumni Network

Secretary/CEO Frederick Lawrence writes in the Key Reporter:

"As I reflect on the unique character of Phi Beta Kappa, it occurs to me that we are very much like a liberal arts college without bricks and mortar, with 286 “branch campuses,” nearly 50 alumni associations, and more than 500,000 alumni... Since coming to Phi Beta Kappa last year, one of my prime goals has been building stronger alumni connections among members."

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      Jane Austen and the Making of Desire

"Smarty Pants," host Stephanie Bastek is talking about sublimated desires—and the repressed kind, too. William Deresiewicz expands on an essay he wrote in The American Scholar about being a man in Jane Austen’s world—and how her novels are about so much more than Colin Firth-as-Mr. Darcy. And Hallie Lieberman illuminates America’s complicated relationship with sexuality.

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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

Catherine White Berheide (ΦBK, Beloit College) is the current President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. A distinguished professor of sociology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and a member of the ΦBK Senate since 2000, she has worked to advance the ideals of the Society on her campus and has guided some of ΦBK's most vital national committees.  

"The arts and sciences have been critical for my success and for that of my students." 

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