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  The Winner of 2017-2018 Romanell - Phi Beta Kappa Professorship

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Marianne Janack of Hamilton College, has been awarded the 2017-2018 Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship. Dr. Janack is the John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton, and received her doctorate from Syracuse University. She teaches courses in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, feminist philosophy and philosophy and literature.

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      Back in Circulation

Combing through a century of magazine statistics, a new digitization project hopes to catalog circulation data stretching back to 1868 thanks to a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Learn more about the  project being worked on by Brooks Hefner, an associate professor of English at James Madison University, and Edward Timke, a media studies lecturer at the University of California–Berkeley in 
The American Scholar

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

Vincent L. Wimbush, Ph.D. (ΦΒΚ, Morehouse College) is an internationally recognized scholar of religion and a former Visiting Scholar. The founding director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures, he has authored or edited over a dozen books, and is the past president of the Society of Biblical Literature. His research focuses on the trans-disciplinary and comparative study of “scriptures” as a sharp wedge for critical research and theorizing in the politics of language, social formation, consciousness, and orientation. Continue reading.

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