News and Features

  Celebrating 70 Years with the Cleveland Association

The Cleveland Association of ΦΒΚ will commemorate its 70th anniversary by hosting a scholarship fundraising event at the Union Club of Cleveland on Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and ΦΒΚ member Nicholas Kristof (Harvard University) will deliver the celebration’s keynote speech, “A Path Appears: How an Individual Can Change the World.” Congratulations to our members in the Cleveland area as the Association marks this special milestone. Tickets to the event are available online


      Vulgar Tongues, Cruel Etymologies, and a Spot of Poetry

In the latest episode of The American Scholar's podcast Smarty Pants, host Stephanie Bastek explores what power words have, and how their meanings change across centuries—and continents. Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, talks about how moving from Britain to Baltimore changed his work; Jennifer Choi unearths the cruel etymology behind an innocuous blue birthmark; and Max Décharné draws a map of the vulgar tongue. 
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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

Introducing two members who have spent the summer as part of the ΦΒΚ National Office staff – Claire Halffield, Communications Assistant, who graduated from DePauw University this past spring, and Mackenzie Fusco, Arts & Sciences Initiative Assistant, who is a rising senior at The George Washington University.    

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