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"Phi Beta Kappa embodies the spirit which is historically that of the American College-that of liberal education... It is the purpose of a liberal education to establish close and sympathetic relations between the student and human thought in its wider expression. It appeals to the deep-rooted love of knowledge for its own sake, which is never absent from the human heart."
-An Address to Initiates of Phi Beta Kappa, Dean Edward Birge, 1917
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest, most prestigious academic honor society in the country, founded by students at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Alpha Chapter of Wisconsin was founded on February 2, 1899, and still bestows students the well-regarded and prestigious honor of Phi Beta Kappa membership. To see more information, please view our "Election" tab.
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture
We are very pleased to announce that Lee Epstein, Provost of Law and Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and the 2013-14 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, Guggenheim Fellow, and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago will be lecturing on "The U.S. Supreme Court Today---and Tommorrow". This event will open to faculty, students and staff on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. For additional information click here.
Our hearty congratulations to all the students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa membership in the 2013 Induction Ceremony & Banquet on April 13th! We wish you the greatest luck in your future endeavors!
Happy birthday to the UW-Madison Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa! On February 2nd, 2013, our chapter turned 114 years old! To give you an idea of how long that's been, the first documented use of the word automobile was in the New York Times that same year.
...And Today's Daily Double!
Big congratulations are due to 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Initiate Julia Sprangers, who will be participating in Jeopardy's 2013 College Championship Week, representing our beloved Badgers! Episodes aired on April 8th & 9th on Fox 11's WLUK. For the full story, visit the following link.