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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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      So You Think You Can Dance

"April Masten, a scholar of dance history at Stony Brook University, is writing a book on 'challenge dancing' in American cities in the mid-19th century. Some people are familiar with the dancing matches between Master Diamond and Master Juba in New York’s Five Points neighborhood, a famous rivalry that led to the invention of tap dancing. But dancing matches also took place, Masten says, in other cities where people of African, Irish, and English descent lived in proximity."

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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

Greg Woodburn (ΦΒΚ, University of Southern California) has worked with many top organizations dedicated to social impact through education, sports, community development, and partnerships.

A former student-athlete and Rhodes Scholar Finalist, Woodburn founded Give Running, a nonprofit organization that brings together and builds up young people through running and service to promote success in life.  

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