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Upcoming Events

Wissahickon Valley Park Walk

Oct. 16; meet 10:30 am for an autumn walk in beautiful Wissahickon Valley Park within Northwest Philadelphia.  Parking/meeting place details are included in the registration e-form. Enjoy an approx. 2 hr. walk in a social distancing manner with other friendly PBK's, led by PBK Young Professional member, Shea Sandifer.  See the Wissahickon Valley Park trail map. Friends/families welcomed. Read more.  Click here to register.

Young Professionals Virtual Happy Hour & optional Game Night

Oct. 21; 7:00 pm.  Take a break! Socialize virtually with other early-career PBK's in two successive, 15-min. peer-moderated breakout rooms, to meet, network, and converse, followed by 30 min. of fun interaction with colleagues via a virtual game.  October's game =  No charge event. Click here to register.

Tours of Adjacent Doylestown Museums + Lunch

November 6, 2021, 10:45 am.  Meet at 10:45 am at the acclaimed Michener Art Museum, for an 11:00 am private guided tour followed by a private lunch, and then time to revisit galleries. Optional add-on to then walk across the street to the fascinating Mercer Museum for an introductory staff talk followed by a self-guided tour.  Free open-lot parking or short walk from Septa Regional Rail Station.  Michener Museum: group-rate entry fee, 1 hr. private tour, private lunch, plus additional viewing time: $40 adults, $38 seniors; $20 Michener members. Optional add-on Mercer Museum: group-rate entry fee, staff intro talk, and self-guided tour: $10. Friends/family welcome.  Please read details.  Click here to register/pre-pay. (Museum 2-wk. group registration deadline = 10/23/21.)

Book & Movie Club:

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,

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. 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. On August 14, 2021, PBK's went on a Mural Arts Center City walking tour, to learn the history of the successful Mural Arts community engagement (4000+ murals), and hear about art/artists of the iconic murals between Broad & 11th Streets, from Cherry to Locust  Streets.  On Sept. 11, 2021, PBK's enjoyed a guided walk around outstanding Longwood Gardens.



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

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

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

Valley Career Advice 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 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 Chairing

the PBK Delaware Valley Book & Movie Club.

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 maintains 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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PBK's at the "whispering bench" at Longwood Gardens

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Election of Officers and Council Members

The 2021 PBK Delaware Valley Annual Meeting was held on October 7, 2021, with a review of the past year, approval of Bylaws revisions, and election of Officers and Council Members. Congratulations to Patricia Kapur and William Howard, who were re-elected as President and Vice-President, respectively, and to Margaret Bacheler who was elected as Treasurer, and to Regina DeRosa who was elected as Secretary.  Congratulations to Council Members:  Ronald Anderson who was re-elected, and new members: Tali Segal, Geraldine Fish, R. Alan Mason, Doug Bobrow, Caroline Amodeo, Shea Sandifer, and Matt Stetz.

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2021 Phi Beta Kappa Society Book Awards

The three winners of the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards will be celebrated at the PBK "Book Award Event", on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, when the three authors will each be awarded a prize of $10,000, and engage in a panel discussion with PBK Secretary/CEO Frederick M. Lawrence.  This online event is free and open to all.  Click here to register.


The three books selected to receive the 2021 PBK Book Awards are: 

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, by Jean Shapland, is the recipient of the 2021 Christian Gauss Award, which was established in honor of Christian Gauss, an influential teacher, scholar, and president of Phi Beta Kappa, to recognize outstanding books on literary criticism, including biography.

The Sirens of Mars, by Sarah Stewart Johnson, is the recipient of the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, which recognizes superior contributions by scientists to the literature of science.

South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War, by Alice Baumgartner, is the recipient of the 2021 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, which honors a scholarly study that contributes significantly to interpretation of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.

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