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Philosophia Biou Kubernetes

Phi Beta Kappa pinPhi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most esteemed academic honor society in the United States. Established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The society embraces freedom of inquiry, and liberty of thought and expression.

The Lambda of Massachusetts Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established at Clark University in 1953. Every year, a select group of seniors who exemplify excellence in the Arts and Sciences, great character, and high potential are invited to join the chapter. Selection is made on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, demonstrated breadth and depth of studies in the liberal arts, intellectual curiosity and integrity, and tolerance for diverse views. Only 286 colleges and universities shelter Phi Beta Kappa chapters; additionally, there are dozens of PBK associations across the United States and one in London comprised of Phi Beta Kappa alumni no longer affiliated with a college or university.

Election to Phi Beta Kappa is a widely recognized honor that expresses the Chapter’s admiration for a student’s academic and intellectual achievements. Election to the society is held in the Spring semester, conducted by faculty members who are members of PBK. These faculty determine the final selection on the basis of the academic records of candidates and the recommendations of the Clark faculty at large. To be considered, students must show a diversity as well as a depth in coursework outside the major; demonstrate knowledge of a second or non-native language through the completion of the intermediate college level or its equivalent; and have completed at least one course in college-level mathematics, logic or statistics. The induction ceremony is usually held the day before commencement before an audience of family, friends, and PBK faculty.

The Phi Beta Kappa key is the official emblem of the society. On one side of the square metal key are the letters SP (for Societas Philosophiae) and on the other the Greek letters Phi Beta Kappa which means “love of learning is the guide of life.” The pointing finger and three stars represent the young scholars’ ambition as well as the three principles of the fraternity: friendship, morality, and learning.

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The Phi Beta Kappa Society

March 23-24, 2017:   PBK Visiting Scholar Jennifer Hochschild to speak

Jennifer HochschildClark’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies (CGRAS) will feature Harvard University professor Jennifer Hochschild as the focus of its signature launch event.

The two-day series of events includes a biology colloquium, a public lecture, a master class, and, finally, a reception and discussion based on Hochschild’s research in the areas of politics, immigration, race, and genomic science. Individual events are variously hosted by the Office of the President, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the departments of Biology, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, History, English, and Political Science through the Chester Bland Fund.

Thursday, March 23

Time Event Co-hosted by Location
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. COLLOQUIUM—”Get Your Swabs Out of My Face:” The Politics and Ideology of Genomic Science Biology Lasry 237
5:00-6:30 p.m. PUBLIC LECTURE—”Here They Treat Us Like a Different Race:” Political Implications of Class-in-Race Inequality Political Science Dana Commons, Higgins Lounge

Thursday, March 24

Time  Event Co-hosted by Location
10:25-11:40 a.m. MASTER CLASS—”Trump’s Election and Presidency: What happened? And what happens next?” Humanities (English, History, Philosophy) Dana Commons, Fireside Lounge
2:00-4:00 p.m. RECEPTION AND DISCUSSION: “Do Facts Matter?” Holocaust & Genocide Studies Strassler Center