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  Phi Beta Kappa Inductees Told to Engage in Civil Discourse

Inductees to the George Washington University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa were challenged to think critically, question everything and positively contribute to the world by Frederick Lawrence, the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of The Phi Beta Kappa Society and emeritus dean of the GW Law School. Lawrence spoke at the GW induction ceremony to about 90 graduates who were honored for their academic excellence and demonstrated outstanding moral character.   

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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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