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.
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.
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.
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.
Day Hike - Ridley Creek State Park - "Southern Trails Loop":
May 15; 11:00am- Enjoy a 2 hr. moderate hike in a social distancing manner on Sat., 5/15, with a friendly PBK group. Meet at Ridley Creek State Park, Site 16 parking lot at 11:00 am. Bring a sack lunch. Friend/families wecome. No charge event. Read more. Register here.
PBK Delaware Valley Holds Annual Meeting
The Phi Beta Kappa Assn. of the Delaware Valley Annual Meeting was held virtually on Oct. 13, 2020, when elections were held for 2020-2021 Officers and Council members, listed in About Us.
Click to download the PDF of the Annual Meeting slides:
Distinguished Speaker Series- Craig Santoro, WHYY Director of Educational Programs:
May 20; 7:00pm- Virtual presentation on the acclaimed WHYY Media Labs program, where WHYY staff are working in 42 diverse schools in the Delaware Valley to teach media skills to middle & high schoolers as a life-building experience, a potential career path, and to reinforce other classroom learning, STEM skills, etc. You will be inspired to hear how this terrific effort by WHYY is making a difference in our communities. Q&A opportunity after the presentation. Read more. No charge event. Click here to register.
PBK Member Named 2021 Rhodes Scholar
Mackenzie Fierceton, PBK 2020 U. Penn, was named
on Nov. 21, 2020 as one of the 32 Americans to receive
a full scholarship for up to four years of graduate study at
Oxford University starting in 2021. Ms. Fierceton is currently
in a clinical Masters degree program at Penn in social work,
and plans to pursue a PhD in social sciences at Oxford, to
study how welfare policies in the US, United Kingdom, and
Norway impact the number of teens who go from foster care
to the criminal justice system, and how to reverse that trend,
particularly for young people of color. Read the Penn news release.
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
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
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.
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).
June 17, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Mini TED-like talks - What I Care About - "Quantum Computing; Star Formation & Virtual Particles; and Theatrical Superstitions"
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") and 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.
June 19, 2021 - 10:30 am.
Day Hike - John James Audubon Center, Montgomery County
Meet at 10:30 am at the John James Audubon Center (1201 Pawlings Rd., Audubon, PA) Visitor Parking Lot (trail map) for introductions and hike route description, before heading out to hike. Then enjoy an approx. 2 hr. moderate hike in a social distancing manner with other friendly PBK's, led by PBK Young Professional members, Caroline Amodeo and R. Alan Mason. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at a suitable place. Option afterwards to add more trail or view the Audubon Center Museum (separate fee). Friend(s)/families welcomed. Pay park fee on entrance: Aduts $4, Seniors $3, Ages 4-17 $2. Register here.
July 24, 2021 - 10:30 am.
Day Hike - Brandywine Creek State Park, No. DE
Meet at 10:30 am at the Brandywine Creek State Park (41 Adams Dam Rd., Wilmington, DE) Hawk Watch parking lot (see trail map) for introductions and hike route description, before heading out to hike. The Park is just east of Winterthur Gardens, and just south of the PA state line. Then enjoy an approx. 2 hr. moderate hike in a social distancing manner with other friendly PBK's, led by PBK Young Professional members, Caroline Amodeo and R. Alan Mason. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at a suitable place. Option afterwards to add more trail. Friend(s)/families welcomed. Register here.
August 14, 2021 - 6:05 pm.
Washington Nationals High-A vs. NY Mets High-A Baseball Game, Wilmington, DE
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 offered by this stadium for regular seating). Enjoy connecting with other PBK's, as well as 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).
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.
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.
October 21, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Young Professionals Virtual Happy Hour with Optional Game Night
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 = Skribbl.io. Organized and moderated by members of PBK Delaware Valley's Young Professionals Advisory Committee. No charge event. Click here to register.
Nominations Open for Election of Officers and Council Members
Nominations for the coming year's Officers and Council Members of PBK Delaware Valley are open now for terms beginning October 8, 2021. The Election will take place at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Association, which will be held virtually on October, 7, 2021, at 7:00 pm, to which all members are invited to participate. Self-nominations are encouraged, with a deadline of Sept. 17, 2021, to meet our Bylaws requirement for timely announcement of the election slate.
Highlight from the Phi Beta Kappa Society virtual Triennial Council Meeting (Aug. 3-6, 2021):
On the evening of Aug. 3, 2021, participants enjoyed the very thoughtful and stimulating virtual "Evening in Conversation" with award-winning scholars and authors, Annette Gordon-Reed and Viet Thanh Nguyen, which was moderated by Kevin Young, and hosted by Phi Beta Kappa Society Secretary/CEO, Frederick Lawrence.
Two outstanding scholars, authors, and social/cultural commentators, and both winners of the MacArthur Foundation "genius award" fellowships, Annette Gordon-Reed, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, along with Viet Thanh Nguyen, University Professor and Aerol Arnold Chair of English at the University of Southern California, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and finalist for the National Book Award, were led in conversation by noted poet, author, and editor, Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the National Museum of African American HIstory and Culture, and poetry editor of the New Yorker.
In conjuction with the discussion, two prestigious awards from Phi Beta Kappa, each of which is only awarded every three years at the PBK Triennial Council, were bestowed upon the honorees:
Professor Gordon-Reed received the Phi Beta Kappa Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities, which includes a cash prize and a medal named for Mr. and Mrs. William B. Jaffe, whose gift enabled PBK to create this award in 1970.
Professor Nguyen received the Sydney Hook Memorial Award, which recognizes national distinction by a single scholar in each of three endeavors: scholarship, undergraduate teaching, and leadership in the cause of liberal arts education, established in 1991 in memory of distinguished American philospher and PBK member, Sidney Hook.
[NB: Professor Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Sympathizer was the PBK Delaware Valley Book Club's selection for June 2021.]
October 7, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Annual Meeting - Phi Beta Kappa Assn. of the Delaware Valley
All PBK Delaware Valley members are invited to attend & participate in the Association's 2021 Virtual Annual Meeing via Zoom on October 14, 2021, at 7:00 PM. The past year's activities & plans for the coming year will be presented & discussed, along with a vote on proposed Bylaws updates and election of Officers and for open seats on the governing Council of the Assocation. PBK Delaware Valley members have been emailed the agenda, proposed Bylaws changes, candidate slate with candidate information, and the Zoom login link information for the meeting closer to the date.
October 14, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Virtual Book Club - "Where the Crawdads Sing"
Virtual 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 is currently being filmed on location, with the film to be released in summer 2022. The novel 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. Obtain from your local bookseller or library, and meet via Zoom on October 14, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion. 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.
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 (Phi of Pennsylvania). Congratulations to all of our new PBK members!
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.
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.
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 for those registered before 10/23/21 catering deadline, 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: 1 slot remaining for group-rate entry fee, 1 hr. private tour, additional viewing time, but without included lunch (museum cafe available): $20 adults, $18 seniors; $10 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.
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: email@example.com
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!
2021 Phi Beta Kappa Society Book Awards
The three winners of the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards were celebrated at the PBK "Book Award Event", on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, when the three authors were each awarded a prize of $10,000, and engaged in a panel discussion with PBK Secretary/CEO Frederick M. Lawrence.
The three books which received the 2021 PBK Book Awards were:
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 5th was the 245th anniversary of the founding of the Phi
Beta Kappa Society, which celebrates liberal arts education and honors those who build upon their liberal arts education to improve society and the world. Our Delaware Valley PBK alumni association was founded in 1915, so has shared 106 of those years!
Philadelphia Museum of Art- "Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror" Private Tour + "Emma Amos: Color Odyssey:
Jan 15, 10:30 am: Private guided tour of the acclaimed exhibit, "Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror", along with time afterwards to tour the NY Times "Best Art Exhibitions of 2021" national exhibit, entitled "Emma Amos: Color Odyssey", containing 60+ works spanning the far-ranging career of Amos who died in 2020 at age 83 (closes Jan. 17). Optional group lunch. Registration closed.
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.
2021 Phi Beta Kappa Society Members
- Joshua Angrist (PBK, Oberlin College)
- Ardem Patapoutian (PBK, Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
- Andrea Januta (PBK Yale College)
- Michelle Monje (PBK, Vassar College)
- Jesse Shapiro (PBK, Harvard University)
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence (Fiction/Nonfiction Books) Long-List:
- Elliott Ackerman (PBK, Tufts University)
- Colum McCann (PBK, U. Texas, Austin)
Time 100 Most Influential Leaders:
- Barney Graham (PBK, Rice University
PBK Book Awards:
- Sarah Steward Johnson (PBK, Washington University)
- Alice Baumgartner (PBK, Yale University)
Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal:
- Barney Graham (PBK, Rice University)
National Book Awards Finalists:
- Laird Hunt (PBK, Indiana University)
- Robert Jones, Jr. (PBK, Brooklyn College)
- Lucas Bessire (Kansas State University)
Washington's Most Powerful Women:
National Power & Politics:
- Janet Yellen (PBK, Brown University)
- Gina Raimando (PBK, Harvard University)
- Jennifer M. Granholm (PBK, Univ. of California, Berkeley)
- Susan Rice (PBK, Stanford University)
- Isabel Casillas Guzman (PBK, Univ. of Pennsylvania)
- Lena M. Khan (PBK, Williams College)
- Neera Tandon (PBK, Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
Power on the Hill:
- Sharon Soderstrom (PBK, Univ. of Virginia)
- Amy Coney Barrett (PBK, Rhodes College)
- Elena Kagan (PBK, Princeton University)
- Sonia Sotomayor (PBK, Princeton University)
- Sharon Parrott (PBK, Univ. of Michigan)
- Sarah Miller (PBK, Univ. of Chicago)
- Gail Ross (PBK, Tufts University)
- Barbara Humpton (PBK, Wake Forest University)
- Erin O'Shea (PBK, Smith College)
- Martine Rothblatt (PBK, Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
- Amy Walter (PBK, Colby College)
- Judy Woodruff (PBK, Duke University)
- Cathy Hughes (PBK, Creighton University)
- Susan Fisher Sterling (PBK, Washington University in St. Louis)
- Mariann Edger Budde (PBK, University of Rochester)
March 17, 2022 - 7:00 pm
Young Professionals Virtual Happy Hour & Game Night
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 40 min. of fun interaction with colleagues via a virtual game. The March game is Skribbl.io. Organized and moderated by members of PBK Delaware Valley's Young Professionals Advisory Committee. No charge event. Click here to register.
Young Professionals Virtual Happy Hour & Game Nights
Mar. 17, 7:00 pm: Take a break! Socialize virtually with other early-career PBK's in two successive 15-min. peer-moderated breakout rooms led by Alan Mason & Caroline Amodeo, to meet, network, and converse, followed by 40-min. fun interaction with colleagues playing Skribbl.io, hosted by Brigid Connolly. No charge event. Click here to register.
Matt DeJulio Honored for 30+ Years
of Service to PBK Delaware Valley
Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley honored
Matt DeJulio for his many years of service as a member of
Council, Treasurer, and Secretary-Treasurer, with a
commendation as Matt transitions to a new role as Advisor
to Council. Matt's dedication and in-depth knowledge of
the Assn.'s history, operations, and members has been
invaluable. PBK DV is grateful to Matt for his exceptional
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, and gave a terrific 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's Enjoyed Ice Skating at U. Delaware Arena
On February 26, 2022, PBK's and family/friends enjoyed fellowship and a good time while ice skating at a group rate at the beautiful Fred Rust Arena on the University of Delaware campus, along with a group table to meet during breaks. Following skating, the group enjoyed conversing over home made ice cream at the nearby U.D. Creamery, which is supplied by the UD agricultural program dairy.
Comments from Three 2021 Book Award Winners
"I am a recipient of the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Book Award, and I wanted to extend my thanks to the organization for the book I received. I am excited to read about these two sisters who redefined career norms for women. I am interested in some fields in which men are the majority, and so I am sure I will find this book inspiring and encouraging. Thank you so much."
“I am writing to express my gratitude at being considered for this honor, and my excitement at receiving it, considering the high standards and excellence that Phi Beta Kappa represents. I look forward to reading The Doctors Blackwell, and learning more about the women who helped shape our country. One of my career goals is to become a published author and bring about change through the written word. I am excited and encouraged by the organization's choice to award a book about influential women. Thank you again.”
"I was recently selected as a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Book Award, and I am sincerely honored for this esteemed recognition and gift. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness. I will be attending Rutgers in New Brunswick this fall to study biomedical engineering, and as a woman who plans to pursue medicine, The Doctors Blackwell has truly inspired and motivated me. I believe this gift has already positively impacted my future career plans and goals; thus, I cannot wait to emulate the values and principles exhibited by the Phi Beta Kappa Association as I go into college. Thank you again for your consideration and support."
Connecting & Networking During Pandemic Months !
Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley carried out an aggressive virtual programming effort to keep our members connected and networked during the pandemic months (and years!). Between May 2020 and May 2022, PBK DV offered not only our members, but other PBK's as well, the following virtual programs, with details on our Past Events page:
12 Book Club meetings
13 Movie Club meetings
2 Key Connection events
14 Happy Hours & Game Nights
6 Distinguished Speaker programs
4 Mini TED-like Talk programs
ADDING IN-PERSON EVENTS (see Past Events page): With the easing of restrictions, since May 2021 we have also held 6 outdoor events, including 2 hikes, baseball game, mini golf + orchard pick-your-own, Mural Arts city walk, Fairmount Park walk, and Longwood Gardens tour. Since Nov. 2021, we have held 5 museum outings and an indoor skating event. We have a full program for 2022 and welcome all PBK's to participate and share the collegiality of PBK membership.
Rutgers Professor Awarded the 2022 Leibowitz Prize by the PBK Society and the American Philosophical Association
Alexander Guerrero, PhD, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, shares the 2022 Leibowitz Prize with Cristina Lafont, PhD, for outstanding achievement in the field of philosophy. The prize is awarded to a pair of philosophers who hold contrasting views of an important philosophical question that is of current interest both to the field and to an educated public audience. Their topic for the prize is "Democracy: What's Wrong? What Should We Do?" Each receives an honorarium of $25,000. The award is presented at an APA divisional meeting, while PBK sponsors a public presentation featuring the prize winners.
Dinner with PBK DV Friends, White Dog Cafe, Haverford - June 15, 6:00 pm; in-person; deposit in advance.
June 15, 2022 - 6:00 pm
White Dog Cafe, Haverford - Dinner with PBK DV Friends
Look forward to a nice dinner & conversation with PBK Delaware Valley friends on Wed. June 15th at 6:00 pm. We will gather at the White Dog Cafe in Haverford, sit in the regular restaurant, and each will order what they wish from the dinner menu. Since we need to know the number who are actually coming in order to make arrangements with the restaurant, we are asking interested members to register for this event with a deposit of $20 per person, which will be applied to your dinner check at the end of the event. Limit of one guest per member for this event. Register and pay the deposit online, or download/print the form by clicking on the .pdf symbol on the registration page & mail with your check. Click here to register and pay deposit.