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Upcoming Events

Young Professionals casual virtual Happy Hour including a virtual game:

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.

Day Hikes  

June 19, 10:30am- Enjoy an approx. 2 hr. moderate hike in a social distancing manner on Sat., 6/19, with a friendly PBK group.  Meet at the John James Audubon Center (Montgomery County) visitor parking lot (see trail map) at 10:30 am for intro before heading on the trail. Bring a sack lunch. Friend(s)/families wecome. Park entry fee: Adults $4, Seniors $3, Ages 4-17 $2. Read more. Register here.

July 24, 10:30am- Enjoy an approx. 2 hr. moderate hike in a social distancing manner on Sat., 7/24, with a friendly PBK group.  Meet at the Brandywine Creek State Park (No. DE, east of Winterthur Gardens, close to the DE/PA state line) Hawk Watch parking lot (see trail map) at 10:30 am for intro before heading on the trail. Bring a sack lunch. Friend(s)/families wecome. . Read more. Register here.

Mini Golf & Orchard for pick-your-own Blueberries, Wine & Craft Beer Garden, Downingtown/West Chester

July 10; meet 11:45 am for 12:00 pm start - Come out to socialize and connect with other PBK's at Boulder Falls Mini Golf and nearby Highland Orchard, Farm Market, and Bakery for pick-your-own, in-season blueberries and perhaps peaches.  Food, and outdoor wine & beer garden.  Friend(s)/families wecome. Pay on-site. First round Mini Golf fee: Age 13 and above - $8; Seniors (65+) & ages 3-12 - $6.  Immediate second round = 1/2 price. Blueberries- approx. $5/container; minimum one container for all over age 5 who enter the fields to pick fruit. Please read more details.  Register here.

Minor League Baseball:  Triple-A and High-A

July 2; 7:00 pm - Come out to socialize and connect with other PBK's at the Trenton Thunder Ballpark, for a Triple A baseball game between the Phillies' "Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs" vs. theTBlue Jays' "Buffalo Bisons", followed by "Fireworks Night".  Group rate of $8/PBK Delaware Valley members & guests; $9 PBK,non-Delaware Valley member & guests. Enjoy seeing the upcoming stars of the Phillies & Blue Jays. Friend(s)/family welcome.  Directions/GPS for Trenton Thunder Ballpark parking.  Click here to register and purchase your ticket(s)

August 15; 6:05 pm - Come out to socialize and connect with other PBK's at  Frawley Stadium, just off I-95 in Wilmington's lively riverfront area, for a High-A baseball game between the Wilmington "Blue Rocks" (Nationals) vs. the Brooklyn "Cyclones" (Mets).  Tickets will be purchased as a block for those registering/prepaying by August 4, 2021, at $15 each (No group rate). Enjoy the fun atmosphere unique to minor league baseball. Friend(s)/family welcome.  Directions for Wilmington Blue Rocks Frawley Stadium parking.  Click here to register and prepay for ticket(s).

Book & Movie Club:

July 8, 7:00 pm - VIRTUAL MOVIE CLUB. Interactive discussion of the 2007 acclaimed film, "There Will Be Blood", staring Daniel Day Lewis, who won an Oscar and 5 other acting awards for this performance, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. On many, many "Best Film" lists, eg: "of the year", "of the decade", "100 best", etc. Read more. No charge event.  Register here.


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.

First Outdoor In-Person Event for 2021!

PBK Delaware Valley had a great Day Hike in Ridley Creek State Park on May 15, 2021, led by PBK Young Professionals, Caroline Amodeo and Alan Mason.  Along with socializing during the hike, approx. mid-hike the group stopped for lunch to relax and connect.  Assuming COVID cases continue to be under control and based on the success of the event, a number of additional outdoor, in-person events will be planned.


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!

Announcing New 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.

Young Professionals Advisory Committee Promoting New Programs Including Outdoor Events

The Young Professionals section of Phi Beta Kappa Delaware Valley established a Young Professionals Advisory Committee (YPAC), 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.  

Once CDC guidelines reflected new recommendations for vaccinated individuals vis a vis outdoor activities, PBK Delaware Valley Young Professionals have organized outdoor events for PBK's to connect, including hikes, minor league baseball games, etc.


Phi Beta Kappa at Temple University Hosted 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 Hightlighted 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 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. 

The channel is managed by Karla Feeley of our Young Professionals

group.  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.  

Highlight from the May 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Society Newsletter:


Lafayette College Faculty  Member Wins PBK Fellowship:

Annie Laurens de Saussure, Assistant Professor of French at Lafayette College, is the winner of the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Walter J. Jensen Fellowship in recognition of her exceptional work as a scholar and teacher of French language, literature, and culture. Established in 2001 by Professor Walter J. Jensen (ΦΒΚ, UCLA), the award provides this year’s winner with a stipend and round-trip travel to France for six months of continuous study. 

Prof. De Saussure earned her Ph.D. from Yale University and plans to use the Jensen Fellowship for her project “Race, Radio, and the Republic: Decolonizing French Airwaves 1970-1990.” She will examine “the cultural, literary, and social dimensions of the radios libres movement by highlighting the ways in which marginalized groups engaged in radio-activism to ensure that their voices would be heard and to contest the highly centralized institution of French broadcasting.”

Prof. De Saussure’s research in France will be the foundation for a scholarly monograph on the use of radio broadcasting by marginalized communities as a tool of empowerment. She plans to incorporate her research into her teaching to help equip students with a strong basis for scholarly inquiry and French cultural exploration.

March 2021 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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