The Arts & Sciences Cities of Distinction event series will shine a spotlight on cities that recognize the value of the arts and sciences to their communities. The series will:

 Work with municipal leaders to recognize four local organizations with $5,000 prizes for their successful efforts to engage broader audiences with the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics. 

 Connect new audiences to notable arts and sciences scholars in their communities through public “lightning talks,” where several presenters will convey key ideas in fun, accessible, and quick presentations that are free and open to the public. Speakers will have just five minutes to give audiences a glimpse into how top thinkers approach some of life’s big questions.

 Cultivate the next generation of arts and sciences students through Arts & Sciences Work presentations. These events will help students explore how the arts and sciences can work for them and provide tips to market their arts and sciences experiences to employers.
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Meet the City of Distinction recipients:

  Houston, Texas (forthcoming April 2018) 

Los Angeles, California

Atlanta, Georgia 

Portland, Oregon

 Chicago, Illinois 


The Phi Beta Kappa Society will conduct its own due diligence to identify appropriate recipients. Interested parties, however, may nominate a city or metropolitan region for consideration.We will accept nominations for this award a rolling basis. 

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