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  Learning Behind the Grill: Steven Raichlen’s Career as a Barbecue Expert

"Summer often brings a signature aroma – the enticing smell of a backyard barbecue. While grills and smokers are staples in many American homes, grilling itself is a tradition dating back to the first manmade fire. This long history – and a love of food – inspired acclaimed chef Steven Raichlen (ΦBK, 1975) throughout his distinguished career, one that he could not have originally imagined. Read more."   

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      The Thing About Books

“When I told friends that I was retiring after 15 years in law and journalism, followed by 33 years of teaching, I got one consistent piece of advice: 'Get rid of the books.' I laughed at first and then grew annoyed as my friends harped. I imagined a stern Ronald Reagan pointing his finger at me, demanding: 'Mr. Lieberman, tear down those bookshelves.'”

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Behind the Key

      The Members Behind The Key

Esther Jones Cowan is a professor of English at Clark University:

“[Phi Beta Kappa] is an organization that values and recognizes intellectual curiosity, intellectual agility, and intellectual application. These are the habits of mind and practice that cultivate creativity to respond to changing times ... those who possess these skills are well-equipped to see the opportunity in our challenges and pave a different path forward.”

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