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  Applications Are Open For The Lebowitz Prize

The Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution is awarded by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association (APA). Established in 2013, winners of the prize provide a significant, tangible recognition for excellence in philosophical thought. 

The deadline to apply is December 1. 

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      Jane Austen and the Making of Desire

This week on "Smarty Pants," host Stephanie Bastek is talking about sublimated desires—and the repressed kind, too. William Deresiewicz expands on an essay he wrote in The American Scholar about being a man in Jane Austen’s world—and how her novels are about so much more than Colin Firth-as-Mr. Darcy. And Hallie Lieberman illuminates America’s complicated relationship with sexuality.

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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

Patrick Smyth (ΦΒΚ Kenyon College, 2009) is an English PhD student and Digital Fellow at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). His work builds bridges between technology and literature, and he recently developed a compelling digital tool to help demonstrate the value of the National Endowment for the Humanities, making NEH-funded projects searchable by geographic region and categories such as education and cultural preservation. 

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