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  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.


      Music for Winter

"Last Friday, I went for a short walk at lunchtime, to look at a few of the cherry trees in the vicinity of my office. The exceedingly warm February days—the warmest I can recall in the two decades I’ve lived in Washington—had agitated the trees into a premature, partial bloom, but that day, the temperature had dropped since morning and light snow had begun to fall. I stared at those pale blossoms, still tightly furled against the backdrop of a dull gray sky."

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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 Ruby Au, a recent graduate of University of Southern California and Co-Founder of Lumen Labs, a market survey company that integrates data collection with digital learning to create a sustainable model for computer education in rural Kenya.

"I studied both Business and Environmental Studies while I was in university; while business gave me a toolkit of useful hard skills, it was my liberal arts education that pushed me to travel, think critically about issues, and imagine the world as I would like it to be." 

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Love of learning is the guide of life.