Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars


The Delaware Valley Association is fortunate to have 8 college and university Phi Beta Kappa Chapters in our region.  The Phi Beta Kappa national Visiting Scholars program supports bringing eminent annually designated academic scholars as speakers to Chapters across the country.  The Rho Chapter of Pennsylvania at Temple University co-hosted PBK Visiting Scholar, Dan Simon, LLB, SJD, on February 13, 2020.  Professor Simon is the Richard L. and Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Law and Psychology, at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. His public lecture was entitled "The Psychology of False Confessions - and True Ones, Too". The other co-sponsors of Professor Simon's lecture were Temple University's Criminal Justice Dept., Psychology Dept., and its Beasley School of Law. 

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 ("Ocean Plastics Near and Far"), and speakers Julia Madey ("Sustainable Development Economics Relating to Green Roofs"), and Anthony Vecchio ("Sustainability/Longevity of Water Infrastructure"). Enjoy these engaging and stimulating discussions on timely and interesting topics from PBK colleagues.  No charge event.  Register here.

Temple PBK Chapter

Co-Sponsors Economics

Nobel Lecture

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.

Grateful Thanks and Acknowledgement

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.

Young Professionals Start GroupMe Communications

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.

Feb. 2021 Key Conversations:

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. 

May 13, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Movie Club - "The Mauritanian"


Virtual discussion of the film, "The Mauritanian", based on a true story, starring Tahir Rahim as a Guantanamo captive held for 10 years without charge or trial, finally able to connect with lawyers (Jodie Foster with assistant Shailene Woodley), with Benedict Cumberbach as a military prosecutor.  Academy Award contender. View online, and click here to register to meet via Zoom on May 13, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event. 

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