Join Phi Beta Kappa from December 2nd to December 7th for an action-packed week sure to make our 243rd anniversary really count.

Will you become a Key to Action?


How can we make our 243rd anniversary count for more?  As Phi Beta Kappa celebrates another year around the sun, let's aim for the stars of the key: friendship, morality, and literature. Join us  for an action-packed week championning the arts and sciences from December 2-7, 2019.

Whether you have only a few minutes or can spare a few hours, you will find plenty of suggestions here to make an impact, have some fun, meet other members, and even learn something new.

Don’t forget to share a photo with your key and the hashtag #PBKSelfKey to social media to show your #PBKPride! Can't find your key? Download and print a paper version right here.

Tell us how you plan to aim for the stars. Share your photos, quotes, and ideas with us. Make sure to tag them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #PBKKeystoAction, #PBK243, or @PhiBetaKappa.


  • Meet some pretty accomplished well-rounded thinkers through your local Phi Beta Kappa association. Enjoy book clubs, young professional events, and culture activities with a great group of people in a city near you.
  • Help make new friends for the arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences in your town or city by getting to know local cultural organization right next door. You can find some inspiring examples from our Cities of Distinction events.
  • Mentoring allows you to give back to your community while building connections to next-gen professionals with different skill sets.
  • Celebrate the spirit of lifelong learning with a nod to our founding in a tavern at programs like Astronomy on Tap, Humanities Happy Hour, or Profs and Pints
  • Make a birthday donation to Phi Beta Kappa in honor of our 243rd anniversary as a contributing member. A fellow gold star donor will match your gift doubling it's impact.


  • Education is more than just a private good, it is vital to a vibrant culture and democracy.  Use this week to find time and space to discuss subjects of local, state, and national importance. State humanities councils, libraries, and local science group meetups can provide free and low-cost ideas. 
  • Experiment for some good causes with a citizen science community project, volunteer to read and discuss great books with an older adult at a local senior center or nursing home, or organize a school supplies drive for students who cannot access quality learning materials.
  • Help spread the word about our new undergraduate Key into Public Service Scholarship to help talented liberal arts and sciences students find pathways into service for the nation. 
  • Make sure students can continue to access the arts and sciences. Change the conversation on higher education when you use Subscribe to our State of the Arts & Sciences newsletter for monthly opportunities to take action.


  • Wander the aisles at your local library or used book store to break out of your current reading pattern or suggested algorithms. Our book award finalists and winners, such as Adam Frank's Light of the Stars, might pique your interest. 
  • Dive into an arts and sciences topic that you haven't yet explored. SmartyPants, Key Conversations, and (En)lightning Talks, can inspire your journey.
  • Attend a thought-provoking public talk from one of Phi Beta Kappa's Visiting Scholars. With leading minds like these, you will definitely expand your horizons.  
  • Phi Beta Kappa values academic, intellectual, and literary free expression. Interested in compelling connections between free speech and literature? Attend a  PEN America event near you.
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Thank you for your commitment to a liberal arts and sciences education!



Spread the Word

And remember, don't forget to tag your photos, quotes, and ideas with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #PBKKeystoAction, #PBK243, or @PhiBetaKappa.

Do you think we could aim higher? Email your stellar ideas for celebrating at

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