Office of the Dean of the College
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar shares insights
Esteemed scholar, social theorist, and 2014-15 Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Jeffrey Alexander recently spent two days (Dec. 1-2, 2014) at Clark University engaged in and helping to guide a host of lively intellectual activities, focusing mostly on the field of cultural trauma and collective identity. Read more
Left: from left to right—Shelly Tenenbaum, Jeffrey Alexander, Esther Jones
PBK Sophomore Prizes Continue to Recognize Early Academic Achievement
Andrew Bellesis was awarded our second annual sophomore prize for 2014. The PBK Prize is awarded to an outstanding sophomore who has demonstrated a commitment to the rigorous inquiry encouraged by this honor society. Andrew was nominated for the prize by three faculty members from various departments. A biochemistry and molecular biology major, a Holocaust and genocide studies concentrator, and a member of Clark's concert choir, Andrew exemplifies the PBK ideals of rigorous pursuit of knowledge through inquiry not only through his excellence in his academic studies, but also through his breadth of intellectual curiosity, academic inquiry and university engagement. Yisrael Lattke, a chemistry major, received our first prize in 2013.
Writing internship recipients
Clark students Shalyn Hopley '14, Charlotte Turner '14 and Austin Alexander '13 were awarded writing internships with the national office of the Phi Beta Kappa Society in Washington, D.C. for which they prepared publishable articles for Phi Beta Kappa's new site The Key Reporter. Read their articles, below.
"As an English major and soon-to-be college graduate, I have invested my time and money into the liberal arts, and as a typical college student, I spend plenty of time perusing the internet. Understandably then, any article that pronounces my path of studies to be 'dead' flashes bright red on my radar screen. When I saw Joseph Epstein's article 'Who Killed the Liberal Arts? And Why We Should Care' in The Weekly Standard, I immediately bookmarked it…" More »
"Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: 'No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.' Forty years later, Title IX remains one of the most important legislative decisions regarding education in America…" More »
"In a recent article in The New York Times, 'Muslims from Abroad Are Thriving at Catholic Colleges,' Richard Pérez-Peña brings to light a new and interesting trend in American Catholic universities. Increasingly, students from the Muslim world intent on earning degrees in the United States are opting to attend faith-based institutions steeped in Christian values rather than secular schools. As a representative of the University of Dayton in Ohio reported to Pérez-Peña, that school's Muslim population has increased more than six-fold in the last decade and features a much higher proportion of women…" More »