News and Features

  Induction Season Has Arrived

Spring is the busiest season for our 286 chapters as they welcome new members into the Society. On April 27, the Gamma Chapter of Minnesota at St. Catherine University inducted their new Phi Beta Kappa members. The students received their cords and added their names to the chapter’s 79-year-old membership roster, which currently numbers over 1,000 other members. “However you got here,” said St. Kate’s President Becky Roloff, “you have something for the rest of your life.”   

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      Robocops and Robbers

Part survey, part manifesto, NYU law professor Barry Friedman's book Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission offers a catalog of horror stories and an inventory of scary technologies infiltrating everyday law enforcement. Describing an assortment of court rulings, policy drifts, and errors, Friedman says that we have dangerously watered down the Fourth Amendment and unleashed a new era of normalized spying using superhuman tools.

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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

Meet James Ragan, a Phi Beta Kappa member who formerly directed the University of Southern California Master of Professional Writing program and an internationally recognized poet, playwright, screenwriter, and essayist. He is the subject of the Arina Films documentary, Flowers and Roots, the 2016 Platinum Prize winner at the Houston International Film Festival.  

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