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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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      The Three Percent

A measly three percent of books published in the United States are works in translation. This week on "Smarty Pants," the Scholar is shining a spotlight on two books from dramatically different places. Naivo’s Beyond the Rice Fields is the first Malagasy novel ever translated into English, and Tenzin Dickie, editor of Old Demons, New Deities—the first English anthology of Tibetan fiction—joins host Stephanie Bastek to talk about life in exile, the rain in Dharamsala, and the best momos in Queens.

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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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