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A Message from John Churchill

Secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

ΦΒΚ stands for freedom of inquiry and expression, disciplinary rigor, breadth of intellectual perspective, the cultivation of skills of deliberation and ethical reflection, the pursuit of wisdom, and the application of the fruits of scholarship and research in practical life. We champion these values in the confidence that a world influenced by them will be a more just and peaceful world.

The Society pursues its aims by supporting its campus chapters and regional associations. It sponsors two quarterly publications, lectureships, and scholarships, and it cooperates with other institutions with similar goals to advance the liberal arts and sciences.

Members may be involved in several ways in these activities. I encourage you to get current information from the Society’s website or to contact the national office. The capacity of ΦΒΚ  to influence the world for the better depends upon the support and commitment of its members. The voluntary annual gifts of Sustaining Members provide half the revenue that makes possible our activities. Larger gifts and bequests can endow programs in perpetuity.

Members are always welcome to visit the national ΦΒΚ headquarters at 1606 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.


John Churchill

Love of learning is the guide of life.