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The DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association

This group is for all fans of the DC area Phi Beta Kappa Association, an alumni association of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The PBK Society is the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. The Society has pursued its mission of fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since its founding in 1776. Each year, about one college senior in a hundred, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Membership is life-long, and members are invited after graduation to join a Phi Beta Kappa Association in their community. To learn more about our organization, visit us online at
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The DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association shared a post.1 day ago
We are sad to announce that Dr. John Churchill, former Secretary/CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, passed away on Saturday, November 16. He was the ninth Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa, serving with great distinction from 2001 to 2016.

During his tenure, he oversaw the creation of the National Arts and Sciences Initiative and the Secretary’s Circle major donor program. He also strengthened support for chapter and association officers, saw the Society successfully through two economic recessions, and established long-lasting relationships with peer organizations. In 2018, he was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa President’s Award in recognition of his truly outstanding and extraordinary service to Phi Beta Kappa as a national organization.

Prior to arriving at Phi Beta Kappa, Churchill was the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College, and professor of philosophy at Hendrix College. He was a Danforth Foundation Associate, a Program Review Panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Consultant and Team Chair for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and President of the National Humanities Alliance.

You can read more about John's legacy here:
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The DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association shared a post.2 days ago
American lawyer, judge, educator, public official, civil rights advocate, and #PBKmember William H. Hastie was born on this day in 1904. Hastie was the first African American to serve as Gov. of the US Virgin Islands, as a federal judge, and as a federal appellate judge.
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The DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association shared a post.5 days ago
"To me, the liberal arts focuses on providing students different lenses to view the world so that we can recognize there are numerous ways to get to an answer," writes Madison Montemayor, (ΦBK, Willamette University), of our Young Professionals, Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York.

Read Madison's full Behind The Key profile:
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The DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association shared a post.6 days ago
Dava Newman recorded an episode of our #PBKKeyConvos podcast. Newman is the former Deputy Administrator of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and is currently the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Harvard University—MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member.

If you missed your chance to hear her free #PBKVisitingScholar lectures last year, don’t worry! This episode will be coming out soon. Subscribe so you don't miss it:

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We’re excited to see this happening tonight at the @kencen! Are you attending?
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The @BarbaraBushFdn kicks off its National Celebration of Reading today, followed by a National Summit on Adult Literacy tomorrow! We're proud to have the former First Lady as a #PBKMember. Learn more about the events: @uhouston #BBF30
3 weeks ago
The application has closed for mentees in our Mentorship Network, but we're still in search of mentors! We’re looking for professionals of all backgrounds and industries in the DC area. If interested, email us at mentorship (cc: @PhiBetaKappa)