The PBK-Delaware Valley Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Oct. 13, 2020, at 6 PM, at which time elections will be held for Officer and Council positions.  The Zoom meeting link will be sent to members in good standing.

The slate for Officers & Council are:

President - Patricia Kapur

Vice President - Bill Howard

Secretary & Treasurer - Matt DeJulio

Council - 3 year terms - Jeff Jones, Jamey Harman , Margaret (Margie) Bacheler

Countil - 2 year term - Theo Fair

Council - 1 year terms - Richard Kiger, Ronald Anderson, Gina DeRosa

Recent inductees enjoyed connecting with peers at the virtual Happy Hour & Networking event for recent inductees living in SE Pennsylvania, So. Jersey, and No. Delaware, on Thursday evening, September 24, 2020, at 7:00 PM.  After a brief into in a Zoom main room, the group split up into rotating moderated breakout rooms to converse and connect, followed by a return to the main room for a summary  & an opportunity to put their contact info in the Chat to network with new connections later. With very positive feedback from the group, future Happy Hour & Networking events will be planned.

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.

Oct. 8; 7:00 PM: VIRTUAL MOVIE CLUB.  Interactive discussion of the recently released film,  "John Lewis - Good Trouble", by documentary filmmaker and Swarthmore

grad, Dawn PorterRead more.  For viewing before the Movie Club mtg., the film will be shown on CNN television on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9 PM.  Register here.


Oct. 13; 7:00 PM - Rachel Valletta, PhD, Franklin Institute. Virtual presentation.  "Unpacking the Climate Crisis & What It Means for the Delaware Valley Region".  Read moreRegister here.

Oct. 22; 7:00 PM - VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB. Interactive discussion of NY Times bestseller and one of NPR's Best Books of 2018,  "Soul of America", by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon MeachamRead more.

Register here.

Nov. 12; 7:00 PM - VIRTUAL MOVIE CLUB. Interactive discussion of the Independent Spirit & American Film Institute award-winning film, "The Farewell", by filmmaker Lulu Wang, portraying a nuanced view of cultural differences. Read more.

Register here.

Nov. 17; 7:00 PM - Monica Zimmerman

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Virtual presentation. "Philadelphia Firsts:  History of Philadelphia through Art at PAFA". Read more.  Register here.


Interactive discussion of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist novel, "The Dutch House", by Ann PatchettRead more. Register here.

2020 Temple PBK grad in Applied Mathematics looking for opportunities for an entry level position in Data Science or Bioinformatics. Has conducted research in Evolutionary Genetics at Temple, but open to opportunities apart from scientific research. Please e-send recommendations or advice for positions in these fields to:

to be forwarded to our PBK colleague. 

National Office News

Summer 2020: Virtual Activities, Summer Reading List, and more

As the entire world adjusts to the new normal brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Phi Beta Kappa chapters and associations have risen to the occasion. After many chapters held virtual inductions for the Class of 2020, associations across the country have hosted book clubs, happy hours, trivia game, movie screenings, and lectures, all via Zoom. Our members have clearly figured out how to remain connected while staying at home! 


Back in Washington, DC, the National Office has been hard at work supporting our members and advocating for the arts, humanities, and higher education. Our National Arts and Sciences Initiative inducted its inaugural class of Key Into Public Service Scholars with a two-day virtual convening. The scholars met with industry leaders and experts to learn about the value of graduate school, how to enter the foreign service, and how to communicate the value of their degrees to employers.  


Finally, we listened to member requests and highlighted 28 fantastic books by Black authors in our 2020 Summer Reading List. With books spanning centuries and continents, we hoped to capture just a fraction of the incredible contributions that Black authors have made to the literary canon. We’re certain every member can find something of interest on the list. 

Learn more about Young Professional Events, our annual High School Book Award, and PBK Visiting Scholars in our region

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.

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