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 The American Scholar

A quarterly magazine for general circulation, The American Scholar is available to new ΦBK members at a reduced subscription rate. It has been published by ΦBK since 1932. When the Scholar received a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the under-100,000-circulation category, the judges cited it as “a magazine of the mind, free of pretense and impeccably edited.” The Scholar has also won two National Magazine Awards for Feature Writing and one for Essays, the only quarterly to have won in all three categories.
The Scholar has published work by many of the world’s great writers, thinkers, critics, and poets, such as Jacques Barzun, Saul Bellow, Albert Einstein, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frost, Buckminster Fuller, Günter Grass, Thomas Mann, Margaret Mead, and E. O. Wilson. Recent contributors include Marilyn Robinson, Nicholson Baker, J. M. Coetzee, Mary Gordon, Cynthia Ozick, John Updike, Ann Beattie and Garry Wills.

The Key Reporter

The Key Reporter has been published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society since 1936, replacing an earlier version of the newsletter, The Phi Beta Kappa Key, first published in 1910. It is the Society’s quarterly for news and alumni relations and includes stories about our programs and events, prominent members in the news, articles on topics of interest in the liberal arts and sciences, and book reviews from our Life of the Mind program. In the fall of 2012, The Key Reporter online was launched, offering members greatly expanded content, opportunities to share their news, and a more convenient way to stay connected with the Society. The online publication is supported by a national program for nonresidential writing interns, headquartered in our Washington, D.C., office. If you would like to intern with Phi Beta Kappa, contact your chapter about an opportunity. The Key Reporter is every member’s link to Phi Beta Kappa ─ www.keyreporter.org.

Circulation Policy 

All members of Phi Beta Kappa receive a free, lifetime subscription to The Key Reporter. New members of Phi Beta Kappa receive four issues of The Key Reporter during their first year of membership. The spring and fall issues are mailed to every member living in the United States for whom the Society has an address. All four quarterly issues of The Key Reporter are sent to members who support the Society and its programs with annual contributions. Contributions to Phi Beta Kappa are fully tax deductible. Checks made out to the Phi Beta Kappa Society may be addressed to Annual Gifts at the national office. For non-members, single copies are available for $2; one year’s subscription is $5. Simply mail your subscription request and payment to the national office of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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