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  Part of Talent is Hard Work

A few years ago, though she was practicing law, Julia S. Powell began seriously to pursue painting. One notable fan was Powell’s high school friend Mindy Kaling, who purchased Powell’s works for her own collection and showcased them on her hit show The Mindy Project.

“I think practicing law makes me a better artist and painting makes me a better lawyer,” says Powell. My brain is active and easily diverted so it’s good to force it to switch gears every other day.”  

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      Revisiting W.E.B. Du Bois on the Value of Liberal Education

"Du Bois exemplified the values of the Phi Beta Kappa Society through his life-long dedication to the pursuit of knowledge. More importantly, he did not pursue knowledge for knowledge’s sake, but wanted to examine American society and provide poignant critiques with the hope that if social ills could be exposed through scholarly research, then the country could begin taking steps toward alleviating these issues."

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Behind the Key

      The Members Behind The Key

Anna Katherine Brodbeck (ΦΒΚ, New York University) is currently The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.  

"While in college at NYU, I decided to take a modern art history just hadn’t occurred to me that something I loved to do so much on my own time could become my livelihood.  But once I realized I could turn it into a career (with some perseverance), I never turned back." 

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