High School Awards Committee

The High School Awards Program seeks 1-2 Committee Members to assist with outreach and selection of awardees for the 2022-2023 academic year. The committee selects high school seniors in the DMV based on their academic achievements and community service. In recent years DCPBK has offered up to four awards to college-bound seniors of $1,000 each.…

Christel McDonald

I fell in love with the Phi Beta Kappa maxim “The Love of Learning is the Guide of Life.” What better reward for us, the members of our Association, than seeing the smiling faces of high school seniors who have been selected by our High School Award Committee to receive our Phi Beta Kappa Certificate…

January 2019 Book Club: “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States”

On Wednesday, January 30, fifteen members of the book club met to discuss Sarah Vowell’s rollicking retelling of the American Revolution, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. This selection is perfect for anyone who appreciates a fresh look at traditional historical narratives. Vowell’s art history background made for unique, entertaining reflections on France’s crucial role in…

December 2018 Book Club: “Walden”

On Thursday, January 3rd, thirteen members of the book club met to discuss Walden by Henry David Thoreau, our December 2018 selection, rounding out our Fall 2018 Series. I tend to strategically assign one of our classics for our December meetings, and Walden proved the perfect opportunity for members to reflect on simple living and the socio-political environment that…

October 2018 Book Club: “The Dispossessed”

On Monday, October 30 the book club met to discuss Ursula K Le Guin’s beloved work of science fiction The Dispossessed. This novel kept appearing on our biannual recommendation lists, but only this year was voted into our series. DC PBK definitely adores the science fiction genre! The Dispossessed, though clearly a commentary at least in part on the…

Remarks to Phi Beta Kappa from Ambassador Mimi Hughes

REMARKS TO PHI BETA KAPPA D.C. AREA ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY May 12, 2018 Miriam K. Hughes U.S. Ambassador, Ret.   President Nina Kuo; Ms. Kathryn ‘Kat’ Sullivan, High School Awards Chair; other distinguished members of Phi Beta Kappa and the DC Area Association; our three fantastic scholarship honorees — Laura Espinoza, Sheyda Tribble, and…