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  Justice is Blind: Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein

When recently asked about his life philosophy and position on the Michigan Supreme Court, Justice Richard Bernstein stated, "life experience is what makes you who you are. The more experiences, the more you understand adversity and discrimination, the better you are in a position like this." It is clear that the 1995 University of Michigan Phi Beta Kappa member, born without sight, has not let his own life’s challenges hold him back, professionally or personally."  

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      Dianne K. Newman

Member and 2016 MacArthur fellow Dianne Newman investigates bacteria that produce energy in the absence of oxygen, a focus that has included work on iron deposits in ancient rocks to bacterial infections in modern-day patients.

"Never underestimate the value of a broad, liberal education. The fresh perspective that comes with breadth can stimulate new ways of approaching a problem deeply."

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National Arts & Sciences Initiative

New Year, New Advocacy Opportunities

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

Samantha Massell (ΦΒΚ, University of Michigan) is currently starring in Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof. Offering her perspective on the importance of bringing a well-rounded perspective and personal connection to her roles on stage, Massell also shares thoughts on working with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and the future of musical theater.

"I left Ann Arbor feeling very prepared for whatever New York would throw at me."

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