DELAWARE VALLEY ASSOCIATION
Young Professionals casual virtual Happy Hour with option for a virtual game:
Mar. 25; 7:00pm- Socialize virtually with other early-career PBK's in two successive, peer-moderated, short breakout rooms, to meet, converse, share, and connect with other PBK Young Professionals, including an option for a virtual game (March = Codenames.). Total time: 60-75 min. . No charge event. Click here to register.
Apr. 22; 7:00pm- Socialize virtually with other early-career PBK's in two successive, peer-moderated, short breakout rooms, to meet, converse, share, and connect with other PBK Young Professionals, including an option for a virtual game. (April "Earth Day" = Environmental Trivia Kahoot.) Total time: 60-75 min. . No charge event. Click here to register.
May 27; 7:00pm- Socialize virtually with other early-career PBK's in two successive, peer-moderated, short breakout rooms, to meet, converse, share, and connect with other PBK Young Professionals, including an option for a virtual game. Total time: 60-75 min. . No charge event. Click here to register.
June 24; 7:00pm- Socialize virtually with other early-career PBK's in two successive, peer-moderated, short breakout rooms, to meet, converse, share, and connect with other PBK Young Professionals, including an option for a virtual game. Total time: 60-75 min. . No charge event. Click here to register.
Distinguished Speaker Series:
Mar. 2; 7:00pm - Rachel Valletta, PhD, Environmental Scientist, Franklin Institute Virtual presentation. "COVID, Climate Change, and Communication: How Can We Learn from One Crisis to Address Another?" Both have consequences for public health, the global economy, and cultural traditions. Apply insights from the global COVID-19 response to become more resilient in the face of climate change. $10 per member household; $12 per non-member household. Register here.
Mini TED-like talks - What I Care About - Environmental Impact Issues:
April 1; 7:00pm - 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 be by 3 members whose professional work has an impact on the environment in various ways: moderator/speaker R. Alan Mason, and speakers Julia Madey and Anthony Vecchio. Enjoy these engaging and stimulating discussions on timely and interesting topics from PBK colleagues. No charge event. Register here.
Book & Movie Club:
Mar. 11; 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL MOVIE CLUB. Interactive discussion of the Academy Award contending film, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", from the play of the same name by acclaimed playwright August Wilson, based on the life of talented vocalist and entertainer Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, known as the "Mother of the Blues" (Blues Foundation Hall of Fame 1983; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990), starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. Read more. No charge event. Register here.
May 13, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL MOVIE CLUB. Interactive discussion of the film based on a true story, "The Mauritanian", starring Tahir Rahim, Jody Foster, Shailene Woodley, and Benedict Cumberbach. Read more. 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 Nguyen. Read more. No charge event. Register here.
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
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 and Stephen Cupshalk of our Young
Professionals group. Take a look and follow us on Instagram
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:
The PBK Rho of Pennsylvania Chapter at Temple University
co-sponsored the Third Annual Nobel Prize Lecture in
Economics at Temple on 10/23/20, given by Associate
Professor of Economics Dimitrios Diamantaras,
devoted to the two 2020 Nobel laureates and their
contributions to Economics.
The Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley recently received two very appreciated donations. One was gratefully received In Memory of Evy Udell, who was a past secretary of our organization and very involved in our success some years back, generously given to support the charitable activities of our organization. The second recent donation was received with appreciation from current member William Thomas, to support virtual programs, which are especially being enjoyed by our members at this time.
Jamey Harman and Stephen Cupschalk have initiated a GroupMe communications platform for Young Professionals within Phi Beta Kappa of the Delaware Valley and the surrounding areas of PA, NJ, and DE. Join the group "PBK Delaware Valley Young Members" on GroupMe by clicking HERE, to participate with others who are building their careers in the wider Delaware Valley.
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 annual High School Book Award, and PBK Visiting Scholars in our region.
Phi Beta Kappa members win prestigious awards in 2020.
The December Newsletter highlighted the many Phi Beta Kappa members who have won nationally and internationally prestigious awards in 2020:
3 Nobel Laureates
3 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships
2 Pulitzer Prize winners and 3 Pulitzer finalists
3 Andrew Carnegie Medals for
3 Samuel J. Heyman Service to
3 Root 100 list members
3 Time 100 list members
3 Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards
4 National Book Award finalists
Click here to read more about each of these eminent PBK colleagues.
Highlights from the February 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Society Newsletter:
Evie Schockley, JD, PhD, Professor of English at Rutgers University, Poet, and PBK Visiting Scholar
Professor Schockley is the author of three books of poetry, two of which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and one of those, semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017), also was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles times Book Prize. Her publications also include critical studies, essays, and poems appearing in the US and internationally.
Among her honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the Stephen Henderson Award, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Click here to hear Professor Schockley in conversation with Frederick Lawrence, Secretary/CEO of Phi Beta Kappa, about the role of poetry in social justice, documenting and analyzing our lived experiences through poems, and why, contrary to popular belief, poems are one of the most accessible mediums of expression. Professor Schockley also reads two of her poems in the recording.