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Upcoming Events

Summer Evening in the City - Mural Arts Center City Walking Tour and Casual Restaurant Dinner

August 14; 4:30 pm.  Meet 4:15 pm for 4:30 pm start of a Mural Arts Center City walking tour (rain or shine), followed by a 6:00 pm casual dinner at Barra Rossa Ristorante located near the end of the tour. Stroll for 90 min. with an experienced guide to see a number of the iconic murals in Center City Philadelphia.  Mural Arts adds 50-100 outdoor murals annually. Its tour income helps support projects in restorative justice (training recently incarcerated people to be job-ready), environmental justice, community healing, and community arts education.  Tour fee $23 (supporting a good cause); restaurant - order as you wish. Deadline to register = August 1, 2021, to have enough guides for group size.  Click here to register & prepay tour fee.

Longwood Gardens Walk

Sept. 11; meet 1:45 pm outside the Longwood Gardens main entrance for a 2:00 pm entry and a pleasant and informative walk, guided by a PBK member who has worked at Longwood.  Longwood Gardens address: 1001 Longwood Blvd., Kennett Square, PA.  For Sept. Saturdays, the gardens are open until 9:00 pm, and both the Cafe and Beer Garden are open until 8:00 pm (limited menu in the last hour).  Please read more details.  Register here.

Book & Movie Club:

Aug. 12, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB. Thoughtful discussion of the book, "Interior Chinatown", winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction.  Authored by Charles Yu, corporate attorney and then full-time script writer and author, the book addresses the cliches and marginalization of Asians in the film industry, pop culture, and assimilation, with "brilliant characterizations", satire and humor. Read more. No charge event. Click here to register. 

Sept. 9, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL MOVIE CLUB. Interactive discussion of the Academy Award winning film, "Roma", written/directed by aclaimed filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron reflecting on his upbringing in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, from the point of view of a live-in housekeeper with a middle-class family. A cinematic "tour-de-force", exploring class divisions, divorce and children, and altruistic love.  Read more. No charge event.  Register here.

Oct. 14, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB. Thoughtful discussion of the novel, "Where the Crawdads Sing". Written by wildlife scientist Delia Owens and 129 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, it intertwines the story of a young woman growing up isolated in the marshes of North Carolina, along with the murder investigation of a local celebrity in a coastal North Carolina town. Read more. No charge event. Click here to register.


Nov. 11, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL MOVIE CLUB. Interactive discussion of the film, "The Florida Project". Named as one of the best 10 films of 2017, it explores the lives of at-risk parents and grandparents raising children in a low-end motel in the shadow of Disney World, under the watchful eye of the motel manager played by Willem Dafoe, nominated for Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA awards for his role.  Rotten Tomatoes score of 96%.   Read more. No charge event.  Register here. 

Dec. 9, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB. Thoughtful discussion of the memoir, "The Yellow House", by Sarah M. Broom, and winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction. The book tracks her family's history back 100 years, her growing up in New Orleans East, the demise of their home after Hurricaine Katrina, how Katrina altered her neighborhood and New Orleans, along with New Orleans as a reflection of issues facing America. Read more. No charge event. Click here to register.

Tasha Hutnick Designs Website for Publication of Incarcerated Writers' Works

Anastasia "Tasha" Hutnick, PBK 2020 UPenn, worked with a

collaboration of two professors from Penn and Rowan University

who have a project, "P.O. Box 34", which pairs university students

with incarcerated writers, to provide the writers with feedback on

their original work, ranging from fiction to nonfiction, screenplays

to novels, and poetry to prose.  Hutnick designed the website that

allows the works to reach a larger audience, for feedback from

and engagement with additional artists and other interested

readers/collaborators.  The site is low-tech to work within prisons

and even without reliable internet connections.  Read more.

Sujay Ratna Named PBK Key into Public Service Scholar

Sujay Ratna, Rutgers-Camden 2021, has been named one of 20

PBK Key into Public Service Scholars for 2021, from among over

800 applicants, receiving a $5000 scholarship and receive training

and mentoring from PBK on pathways to active citizenship.  A Biology

graduate with minors in Sociology and Chemistry, active in brain tumor

research and the American Medical Student Association, Ratna will

attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.


Outdoor In-Person Events Enjoyed To Date in 2021

On May 15, 2021, PBK Delaware Valley had a great Day Hike in Ridley Creek State Park, led by PBK's Caroline Amodeo and Alan Mason.  Along with socializing during the hike, approx. mid-hike the group stopped for lunch to relax and connect.  On July 2, 2021, PBK's took in a ballgame between the Phillies Triple A team and the Blue Jays Triple A team in the Trenton stadium where the latter is playing this season, inspired by Alan Mason.  On July 24, 2021, PBK's had a great outing at Boulder Hills Mini Golf and then at Highland Orchards for an outdoor lunch and "pick-your-own" fruit, near Downington, PA, endorsed by Caroline Amodeo.



Local PBK Chapters Announce 2021 Inductees

The following Delaware Valley PBK Chapters have announced their 2021

Inductees on their websites: Villanova University (Sigma of Pennsylvania);  

University of Pennsylvania (Delta of Pennsylvania);  University of Delaware

(Alpha of Delaware); Rutgers-Camden (Alpha of New Jersey), and St. Joseph's 

University (Phi of Pennsylvania). Congratulations to all of our new PBK members!

PBK Delaware Valley Career Advice 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.

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

The "Behind the Key" column of a recent 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 active on Instagram

The Phi Beta Kappa Assn. of the Delaware Valley launched its

Instagram account, pbkdelawarevalley, to announce our events

and share relevant posts from members, friends, and followers. 

Take a look and follow us on Instagram:  @pbkdelawarevalley !


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 Career Advice/Mentorship Matching Program, our annual High School Book Award, and PBK Visiting Scholars in our region.  

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Highlight from the July 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Society Newsletter:


Announcing a virtual "Evening in Conversation" with award-winning scholars and authors, Annette Gordon-Reed and Viet Thanh Nguyen, moderated by Kevin Young, and hosted by Phi Beta Kappa Society Secretary/CEO, Frederick Lawrence.  August 3, 2021, 7:00 pm ET.  Register here.








Two outstanding scholars, authors, and social/cultural commentators, and both winners of the MacArthur Foundation "genius award" fellowships, Annette Gordon-Reed, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, along with Viet Thanh Nguyen, University Professor and Aerol Arnold Chair of English at the University of Southern California, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and finalist for the National Book Award, will be led in conversation by noted poet, author, and editor, Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the National Museum of African American HIstory and Culture, and poetry editor of the New Yorker.


In conjuction with the discussion, two prestigious awards from Phi Beta Kappa, each of which is only awarded every three years at the PBK Triennial Council, will be bestowed upon these honorees:


Professor Gordon-Reed will receive the Phi Beta Kappa Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities, which includes a cash prize and a medal named for Mr. and Mrs. William B. Jaffe, whose gift enabled PBK to create this award in 1970.  

Professor Nguyen will receive the Sydney Hook Memorial Award, which recognizes national distinction by a single scholar in each of three endeavors:  scholarship, undergraduate teaching, and leadership in the cause of liberal arts education, established in 1991 in memory of distinguished American philospher and PBK member, Sidney Hook.  

[NB:  Professor Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Sympathizer was the PBK Delaware Valley Book Club's selection for June 2021.]

Register for this virtual event to hear these acclaimed authors and the noted moderator in an illuminating discussion.