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PBK's at Wissahickon Valley Park

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Annual Mtg. Slides 

Upcoming Events

Virtual Distinguished Speaker - Indra Nooyi, former PepsiCo Chairwoman & CEO

Nov. 29, 2:00 pm. The Brandywine LaunchBox powered by Penn State Brandywine is a proud sponsor of the November 29th Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Defining Innovation virtual event. Our member, Margaret Bacheler, is connecting PBK Delaware Valley paid members to this event, which will feature the former chairwoman and CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi. Ms. Nooyi is the first woman of color and immigrant to lead a Fortune 50 company. Event fee = $25.  However PBK Delaware Valley paid members have received an e-mail with details of the event and a discount code to apply at check-out for complementary free registration. Click here to register.  Questions:

Mini TED-like Talks - What I Care About

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.  Enjoy these engaging and stimulating discussions on timely and interesting topics from PBK Delaware Valley colleagues. No charge events.


Dec. 8, 7:00 pm. Moderator/speaker Matt Stetz ("How to Make Music with Magnets") and speakers Caroline Amodeo ("Speaking of Speaking - Cooperative Principles in Conversation") and Gina DeRosa ("Americorps VISTA - A Year of Service").  Click here to register.

Feb. 3, 7:00 pm.  Save the Date:  Brigid Connolly, Aidan Crowley, TBA.

Young Professionals Virtual Happy Hour & Game Nights

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.  No charge events. 


Jan. 20, 7:00 pm.  Gartic Phone is the Jan. game.  Click here to register.

Feb. 24, 7:00 pm.  Click here to register.

Book & Movie Club:

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.

Jan. 13, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL MOVIE CLUB.  Insightful discussion of the film, "Passing", produced and directed by Rebecca Hall, based on the 1929 novel by Nella Larsen.  Filmed in luminous black & white, "Passing" debuted at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, portraying two biracial high school friends who meet unexpectedly in prosperous middle-class adulthood in 1920's New York City, after one has been living/"passing" as white. Read more. View on Netflix.  No charge event. Click here to register.

Feb. 10, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB. Thoughtful discussion of "The Undocumented Americans", written by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, believed to be the first undocumented immigrant to graduate from Harvard. Powerful recounting of interviews of undocumented people across the U.S., the challenges they face, and how they try to support each other. 2020 Nat'l Book Awards Finalist; NY Times Review of Books & NPR Best Books of 2020. No charge event. Click here to register.


Matt DeJulio Honored for 30+ Years

of Service to PBK Delaware Valley

Phi Beta Kappa Assocation of the Delaware Valley honored Matt

DeJulio for his many years of service as a member of Council,

as Treasurer, and as Secretary-Treasurer, with a

commendation at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Associa-

tion, as Matt transitioned to a new role as Advisor to Council.

Matt's dedication and in-depth knowledge of the Association's

history, operations, and members has been invaluable to carry

the Association forward for more than three decades. PBK DV

is grateful to Matt for his exceptional contributions.


PBK's Enjoyed Doylestown Museums

On November 6, 2021, PBK's and family/friends enjoyed a guided tour and catered lunch at the Michener Museum of Art, followed by a staff talk and self-guided tour of the Mercer Museum.  Special exhibits at the Michener included wood furniture creator, Wharton Escherick, and one on living painter Robert Beck, who was at the museum discussing his works on exhibit. PA Impressionists, regional contemporary art, and work by George Nakashima were also enjoyed.  The Smithsonian affiliate Mercer Museum concrete castle astounded with its huge and fascinating 50,000+ collection of pre-industrial American implements for home, farm, trades, commerce, transportation, fishing, schooling, and more.



Temple PBK Chapter

Co-Sponsored Economics

Nobel Lecture

The PBK Rho of Pennsylvania Chapter at Temple University

co-sponsored the Fourth Annual Nobel Prize Lecture in

Economics at Temple University on 10/22/21, delivered by

Professor of Economics Michael Leeds, devoted to the three

2021 Nobel laureates and their contributions to Economics. 

PBK Assn. of the Delaware Valley named

Outstanding Association for 2018-2021

At the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Triennial Council, the PBK Association

of the Delaware Valley was announced as one of the 4 outstanding 

PBK associations for the prior three years.  The other 3 awardees

were the Baltimore, Detroit, and New York City associations.  PBK

Delaware Valley was recognized for the past 3 years' growth in

membership and in the number and variety of programs and events. 

The recognition comes with a $500 award which will be used to

support future programs.


Outdoor In-Person Events Enjoyed 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 played the 2021 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.  On October 16, 2021, PBK's had a great hike at Wissahickon Valley Park in NW Philadelphia.





Meet Our New PBK DV Council Members

Alan Mason is a fourth year PhD student at the University of

Delaware studying physical oceanography.  Alan's research

focuses on estuarine dynamics in the Delaware Bay and the

resulting influence on plastic distribution.  Originally from

Olathe, KS, Alan graduated from The Ohio State University

in 2018 and was inducted into the PBK chapter at OSU in 2017.

Alan is Co-Chair of our Young Professionals Advisory Committee

(YPAC), and has led and/or participated in many PBK DV events.

2021 PBK Delaware Valley

Annual Membership Meeting

The 2021 PBK Annual Membership Meeting was held in October

where a review of the past years events, adoption of Bylaws

amendments, and election of new officers and Council members,

along with appointments of new Advisors-to-Council were made. A

special award was presented with gratitude to Matthew DeJulio for

his over 30 years of service to PBK Delaware Valley as Treasurer

and then adding the Secretary duties to his portfolio.

PBK Delaware Valley Career Advice Program.

PBK Delaware Valley has an e-facilitated career advice matching program,

using a simple online PBK Delaware Valley Career Advice Interest Form,

which takes a few moments to complete, to be on 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 advice pairs (phone, virtual, or in-person when conditions

permit), are totally up to each pair.

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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Patricia Kapur, PBK DV President & Matt DeJulio

PBK Delaware Valley

Event Planning Survey

PBK DV has developed a few-minute survey to solicit input for event planning for 2022 from PBK DV members and Young Professional (YP) event participants.  The link to the online survey has been sent to PBK DV members and YP participants in the respective e-Newsletters.  The goal is to offer a spectrum of events in 2022 that includes something of interest for each of the varied cohorts of PBK members who overlappingly live, work, and enjoy in our tri-state area of SE PA, So. Jersey, and Delaware.  We ask all PBK DV members and YP participants to complete the survey so we have accurate input as to what types of events should be planned!

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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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