News and Features

  On March 16, 2017, the Administration released a federal blueprint budget that calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), along with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Department of Education’s international education programs, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

Now is the time to take action. These proposed cuts are an attack on research, education, and programs that are essential to the cultivation of our national heritage and civic culture. Read More.


      Joyce Jacobson Kaufman

"[R]enowned research scientist Joyce Jacobson Kaufman... was a distinguished scientist in numerous fields, including physics, chemistry, biomedicine, pharmacology, and supercomputers. Though her accomplishments in these fields are numerous, she is best known for producing an innovative strategy for using computers to predict toxicology and drug reactions, and for her use of chemistry to calculate carcinogens."

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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 the new President of the Chicago Association, John Ashton. Currently working as a Structural Engineer, Ashton's interests outside of work are diverse. His most recent project is writing and producing a medieval rock ‘n’ roll musical.

"It’s fine to specialize in a technical field, as I have done, but the world encompasses so much more than can be defined by any specialty. History, politics, religion, culture, literature, art, physics, chemistry, mathematics..they all (literally and figuratively) make the world go round." 
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Love of learning is the guide of life.