Campus Lectures and Appearances


The Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Alpha Chapter of Virginia at William & Mary hosted a discussion on the topic of higher education featuring two leaders in the field, Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and CEO of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, and Lynn Pasquerella, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. 

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Frederick M. Lawrence delivers a lecture at the University of Richmond on April 8, 2019 as part of their Freedom of Expression Series co-sponsored by the University Faculty Senate and the Office of the President. 

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Frederick M. Lawrence gives the keynote address at Washington & Lee University's Phi Beta Kappa induction and Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on March 17, 2019. 

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Frederick M. Lawrence was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) conference in Chicago, IL, on November 15, 2018 when he accepted the Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award. Phi Beta Kappa received the award as a society in 2008.  In his keynote address titled "The Nature of the University," Secretary Lawrence asserts that throughout the history of American higher education, the law has played a crucial role in defining the scope, mission, and very nature of colleges and universities. 

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Frederick M. Lawrence discusses hate crimes and free speech during his visit to Western Michigan University on October 30, 2018.

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Frederick M. Lawrence gives the keynote address at the 76th Annual Opening Convocation at Hampton University on September 30, 2018.

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Frederick M. Lawrence speaks on “The Contours of Expression: Free Speech and Civility” at Valparaiso University on June 22,  2017. 

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Frederick M. Lawrence speaks at the Founders Day celebration at Union College on February 23, 2017. 

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Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary/CEO


Frederick M. Lawrence is the 10th Secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Lawrence is Phi Beta Kappa’s primary spokesperson and has considerable experience giving interviews, on-camera, in person, or by phone. An accomplished scholar, teacher and attorney, he is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression, and bias crimes. Learn More.

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To schedule an interview with a Phi Beta Kappa Society representative or to request information about the Society or any of its programs, please contact:

Aurora Sherman

(202) 745-3287

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