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    National Secretary John Churchhill with Phi Beta Kappa members

About Phi Beta Kappa:

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.

"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

Thank you to outgoing chapter president, Professor Patricia Rosenmeyer.  Congratulations to new chapter president, Professor Pam Potter; and new vice president Professor Cathy Stafford.

Coming soon: Phi Beta Kappa 1899 Book Awards to local area high school students announcement will celebrate the founding of the UW-Madison chapter on February 2, 1899.

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