Phi Beta Kappa Society

THE PHI BETA KAPPA SOCIETY is the oldest honor society in the United States for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, the Society has played an important part in the intellectual history of the nation for more than two hundred years, and has counted among its members leading scholars, justices of the Supreme Court, business leaders and others. The Society publishes an academic journal, The American Scholar, which takes its name from the address delivered by Ralph Waldo Emerson to the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Harvard University on August 31, 1837.

The North Carolina Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro early in 1934.

Were You Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Your Alma Mater?

We are looking to connect with UNCG faculty or staff and Greensboro area residents who are members of PBK. Please send us an email so we can inform you of future events. Be sure to include information on when and where you were initiated!

Dates for Upcoming Events:

  • Phi Beta Kappa is co-sponsoring a program called "The Liberal Arts Advantage: Launching from Campus to Career" on March 3. More information is available at https://hnac.uncg.edu/laa.
  • The next General Membership meeting will be 12-1pm on Tuesday, March 7 in the EUC White Oak Room. There will be pizza!
  • Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Dr. Patricia Wright, Primatologist and Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, will be on campus on April 10 and 11. She is the founder of Centre ValBio research station at Ranomafana National Park, where work is done to protect Madagascar’s unique and biologically diverse ecosystems.  She has made major contributions in the biology, ecology, conservation and behavior of living primates, especially the Malagasy lemurs. 
    In 2014 she was awarded the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.   A member of the American Philosophical Society, she has received a MacArthur fellowship, the Hauptman-Woodward Pioneers of Science Award, and the Distinguished Primatologist Award of the American Society of Primatologists.  Her books include Madagascar:  Forests of Our AncestorsHigh Moon over the Amazon:  My Quest to Understand the Monkeys of the Night; and For the Love of Lemurs:  My Life in the Wilds of Madagascar.  The 3D IMAX film, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,  features her work.
  • The drop-In Luncheon for Students-Elect and all PBK Members will held in The Parlor, North Spencer on Thursday April 13, 2017, 11:30am-1pm.
  • The initiation ceremony will be on Monday, April 17 in the Weatherspoon auditorium starting at 7pm. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Tom Mould, Professor of Anthropology and Folklore at Elon University. The title of his talk is "Dangerous Stories".

Reminder: Please pay annual membership dues to Miriam Bradley.