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Join Phi Beta Kappa from December 4th to December 9th
for an action-packed week sure to make our
241st anniversary really count.
12.04 Key into Your Membership 
12.05 Show your PBK Pride on our 241st Anniversary
12.06 Use the Toolkit
12.07 Give a Hand to Chapters and Associations
12.08 Make PBK stronger with 241 Gifts
12.09 Celebrate Learning for All of Life
Become a key to action

In challenging times, how can we make our 241st anniversary count for more? Join Phi Beta Kappa from December 4-9 for an action-packed Keys to Action Week designed to celebrate and advocate excellence in the arts and sciences. 

Whether you have only a few minutes or can spare a few hours, you’ll find plenty of suggestions here to make an impact, have some fun, meet other members, and even learn something new. Or, come up with your own ways to celebrate the arts and sciences this week. How will you become a Key to Action?

Monday, December 4

Key into Your Membership 

  • Receive priority access to event opportunities, key updates on the Society’s activities from the Key Reporter, and our monthly member newsletter by updating your email and mailing address

  • Connect on LinkedIn with Phi Beta Kappa’s “super” network of high achievers active in science and health care, business and technology, the arts and humanities, and law and philanthropy

  • Enjoy over 100 free public lectures given by leading arts and sciences Visiting Scholars at chapter campuses around the country. Find an event near you

  • Spark your imagination with five-minute (En)Lightning Talks videos featuring speakers ranging from a U.S. Poet Laureate to one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant Ten”

  • Stay sharp with The American Scholar’s podcast Smarty Pants, and visit their website  for free daily updates. Like what you hear and see? Subscribe to their award-winning quarterly magazine.
Tuesday, December 5

Show your PBK Pride on our 241st Anniversary

  • Show your #PBKPride today by sharing your induction photo (throwbacks encouraged!) or take a #PBKSelfKey (a photo of yourself with either your Phi Beta Kappa key or this paper version.) Share it on social media using #PBKSelfKey and tag @PhiBetaKappa or email it to Amanda DiMartini.  

  • Get inspired by your fellow members blazing trails in their professional fields and giving back to their communities

  • Look super good by sporting some items from our Key Collection. In addition to our new tote bag and moleskin notebook, you can now wear a Phi Beta ‘cap’pa! 

 Our favorite #PBKSelfKey entry will win a Phi Beta Kappa tote bag and other swag from the new Key Collection.

Wednesday, December 6

Use the Toolkit

  • Supercharge your advocacy by giving students, their parents, policymakers, and the media some new perspectives on the value of liberal arts and sciences with our Arts & Sciences Are Key online toolkit

  • Tweet and share these sample messages
  • Send these sample letters to your state and federal policymakers. "Supe" up your impact by using the NEH Impact Index

  • Sign-up to receive our e-alert State of the Arts & Sciences for monthly opportunities to take action

*A Reminder for Chapter Faculty and Staff at Public Colleges and Universities: Consult with your institution’s government relations team before sharing the toolkit through your official campus email or social media channels to ensure compliance with your state’s advocacy rules.

Thursday, December 7

Thank our Chapters and Associations

  • Like, share, or retweet our social media #PBKKeystoAction  messages today to thank our chapter and association volunteers for all that they do

  • Connect with PBK members in your area through an alumni association  or local event. Would you like to see a Key Connections  networking event in your city? Let us know!  

  • Volunteer! Gain board experience and activity-planning while growing your professional networks at one of our 50 Phi Beta Kappa alumni associations. If you are a faculty member at a Phi Beta Kappa chapter institution, chapters need your help. Find your chapter contact.
Friday, December 8

Make PBK stronger with 241 Gifts

At Phi Beta Kappa, we work every day to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. But we can’t do it alone. We need you to make this possible by giving a tax-deductible gift to the Society.

Our goal is 241 gifts by midnight tomorrow to cap off our action-packed anniversary week.

When you make a gift, you become a part of Phi Beta Kappa's future. You generosity-- We hope we can count on you to make your 241st anniversary gift to ensure that Phi Beta Kappa remains a strong legacy for bright futures.

Give a Gift
Saturday, December 9

Celebrate Learning for All of Life

  • Attend an event hosted by your local Phi Beta Kappa alumni association

  • Take a friend, partner, children or grandchildren to a museum or cultural event

  • Embody the ideal of “learning for all of life” by trying out a new language, art class, writing prompt or science experiment

  • Host or attend a book club featuring one of this year’s Book Award Winners

  • Find a volunteer opportunity in your area that encourages lifelong learning
    • Support efforts to help the arts , humanities , and sciences  in areas affected by devastating hurricanes in 2017

    • If you already tutor or mentor, make a point to talk with your student today about the value of higher education

    • Learn about the world around you by participating in a citizen science project in your community.

    • Find out what supplies or projects teachers in your community might need through programs like
No matter how you choose to act, please tell us how you are celebrating learning for all of life by sharing your photos, quotes, and ideas with us by tagging #PBKKeystoAction, #PBK241, or @PhiBetaKappa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Give a Gift

Spread the Word
Like and follow Phi Beta Kappa on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram to connect with the Keys to Action campaign.
Share your Keys to Action activities, quotes, and photos with us:
#PBK241,  and @PhiBetaKappa.
Retweet and share our posts to help us become a trending topic.

We greatly appreciate your efforts to make Phi Beta Kappa’s 241st anniversary count for more this year. You clearly appreciate the value of celebrating and advocating for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Thank you for making Phi Beta Kappa a strong legacy for bright futures.

Questions? Contact Anne Wise
for more information.

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