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Upcoming Events

Distinguished Speaker Series- Craig Santoro, WHYY Director of Educational Programs:

May 20; 7:00pm- Virtual presentation on the acclaimed WHYY Media Labs program, where WHYY staff are working in 42 diverse schools in the Delaware Valley to teach media skills to middle & high schoolers as a life-building experience, a potential career path, and to reinforce other classroom learning, STEM skills, etc.  You will be inspired to hear how this terrific effort by WHYY is making a difference in our communities. Q&A opportunity after the presentation.  Read more. No charge event.  Click here to register.  

Day Hike - Ridley Creek State Park - "Southern Trails Loop":

May 15; 11:00am- Enjoy a 2 hr. moderate hike in a social distancing manner on Sat., 5/15, with a friendly PBK group.  Meet at Ridley Creek State Park, Site 16 parking lot at 11:00 am.  Bring a sack lunch. Friend/families wecome.  No charge event. Read more. Register here.

Young Professionals casual virtual Happy Hour with option for a virtual game:

May 27; 7:00pm- Take a break! Socialize virtually for 30 min. with other early-career PBK's in two successive, peer-moderated breakout rooms, to meet, converse, and share, followed by 30 min. for a virtual game of Scattergories.  No charge event.  Click here to register.

June 24; 7:00pm- Take a break! Socialize virtually for 30 min. with other early-career PBK's in two successive, peer-moderated breakout rooms, to meet, converse, and share, followed by 30 min. for virtual Kahoot summer trivia.   No charge event.  Click here to register.

Mini TED-like talks - What I Care About: "Stars & Particles, Quantum Computing, and the Theater"

June 17; 7:00 pm  - An exciting hour-long virtual event, for 3 PBK members to briefly and concisely share their work or projects/activities that they care greatly about, and take Q&A. This session will have moderator/speaker Shea Sandifer ("Quantum Computing"), with speakers John Faulhaber ("Star Formation and Virtual Particles") and Anastasia (Tasha) Hutnick ("Theatrical Superstitions").  Enjoy these engaging and stimulating discussions on timely and interesting topics from PBK colleagues.  No charge event.  Register here.

Book & Movie Club:

May 13, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL MOVIE CLUB. Interactive discussion of the film based on a true story, "Philomena", directed by Stephen Frears, and starring Judi Dench and Steve CooganRead more. View on Netflix. No charge event.  Register here.

June 10, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB. Interactive discussion of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, "The Sympathizer", by noted California author and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Viet Thanh NguyenRead more. No charge event.  Register here

Announcing New PBK Delaware Valley Mentorship Matching Program.

PBK Delaware Valley has created a new e-facilitated mentorship

matching program, using a simple online PBK Delaware Valley

Mentorship Interest Form, which only takes a few moments to complete.

PBK's in the Delaware Valley region can click on this PBK Delaware

Valley Mentorship Interest Form link and answer the simple questions, to be in the file to give and/or receive career advice or connections.  The answers on the form on file can be edited as often as indicated to update it.  Any matches will be sent back by e-mail.  The date, time,

and method of communicating between mentee-mentor pairs (phone, virtual, or in-person when conditions permit), are totally up to each pair.

PBK Delaware Valley thanks to YPAC member, Karla Feeley, for

developing this easy-to-use form, and we welcome all participating in

this wonderful effort.

Young Professionals Advisory Committee Promoting New Programs

The Young Professionals section of Phi Beta Kappa Delaware Valley established a Young Professionals Advisory Committee (YPAC), under the leadership of Co-Chairs Jamey Harman and Jeff Jones, that has been active since October 2020 overseeing programs and advising Council.  YPAC members are listed here


YPAC has established successful monthly virtual Happy Hour events with optional game nights, during pandemic limitations on in person socializing/networking. An Instagram account has been established to publicize PBK-DV events. 


New programs include a series of virtual Mini TED-Like Talks events, at which members can present issues that they care about for lively discussion, with the first event on April 1, 2021.  Additionally, an online Mentorship Matching Program for PBK's in our region is getting underway to offer career advising and potential career connections.  


Phi Beta Kappa at Temple University Hosts PBK Visiting Scholar 

The Rho Chapter of Pennsylvania at Temple University 

co-hosted PBK Visiting Scholar, Joseph E. Aldy, PhD, on March

19, 2021.  Professor Aldy is Professor of the Practice of Public

Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, who gave a great

presentation on "Saving the Planet Cost-Effectively".  His research

focuses on climate change policy, energy policy, and regulatory

policy.  He also serves as the Faculty Chair of the Mossavar-

Rahmani Center for Business and Government Regulatory Policy

Program.  In 2009-2010, he served as the Special ASsistant to

President Obama for Energy and Environment.  He previously

served as Co-Director of the Harvard Project on International

Climate Agreements, Co-Director of the International Energy

Workshop and worked on the staff of the President's Council of

Economic Advisers. The other co-sponsor of Professor Aldy's

lecture was  the Temple University College of Liberal Arts Public

Policy Lab.

PBK National Newsletter Hightlights Delaware Valley Assn. leader, Jeff Jones

The "Behind the Key" column of the January 2021 PBK National

Newsletter and the PBK National website featured our Phi Beta

Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley's Jeff Jones.  Jeff

is one of our Association's Council Members, as well as Co-chairing

the Young Professionals Advisory Committee.

Jeff is quoted as saying, "I am incredibly excited about our

association's recent graduates.  We worked really hard to

create events that these members would find engaging.....

We now have an active book club, movie club, and Young

Professionals happy hours."  Click here to read the entire article.

PBK Delaware Valley launches

Instagram Channel

The Phi Beta Kappa Assn. of the Delaware Valley

launched its Instagram channel, pbkdelawarevalley,

to announce our events and share relevant posts from

members, friends, and followers.  The channel is managed

by Karla Feeley of our Young Professionals group.

Take a look and follow us on Instagram

@pbkdelawarevalley !

PBK Member Named 2021 Rhodes Scholar

Mackenzie Fierceton, PBK 2020 U. Penn, was named

on Nov. 21, 2020 as one of the 32 Americans to receive

a full scholarship for up to four years of graduate study at

Oxford University starting in 2021.  Ms. Fierceton is currently

in a clinical Masters degree program at Penn in social work,

and plans to pursue a PhD in social sciences at Oxford, to

study how welfare policies in the US, United Kingdom, and

Norway impact the number of teens who go from foster care

to the criminal justice system, and how to reverse that trend,

particularly for young people of color.  Read the Penn news 


PBK Delaware Valley Holds Annual Meeting

The Phi Beta Kappa Assn. of the Delaware Valley Annual Meeting was held virtually on Oct. 13, 2020, when elections were held for 2020-2021 Officers and Council members, listed in About Us.  

Click to download the PDF of the Annual Meeting slides: 


If you are a Phi Beta Kappa Member, we look forward to interacting with you as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley. Peruse our website and contact us for

any questions.  You can conveniently join or renew online.


Learn more about Young Professional Events, our Mentorship Matching Program, our annual High School Book Award, and PBK Visiting Scholars in our region.  

Highlight from the March 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Society Newsletter:

Visiting Scholars Program:

Thirteen renowed individuals from a wide variety of professional fields have been selected as the 2021-2022 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars. 


These 13 scholars will visit more than 100 colleges and universities acoss the country during the next academic year to share their scholarship, providing undergraduates with the opportunity to interacct with some of America's leading thinkers.  Each visit lasts two days and includes classroom discussions and seminars, informal meetings with students and faculty members, and a free public lecture. 


Many of the Visiting Scholars also will participate in the Key Conversations podcast, in an interview format with Frederick Lawrence, Secretary/CEO of Phi Beta Kappa.

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