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  NPR’s Renee Montagne Reflects on Award-Winning Series and ΦBK

“[Phi Beta Kappa] was so much better than a good grade—it was an honor. It was like a prize. And I didn't ask for it, but I felt I earned it. So, it really was a great source of pride.”

Read our interview with National Public Radio’s Renee Montagne, a Phi Beta Kappa alumni from the University of California, Berkeley, in the Key Reporter.


      Next Line, Please

Each Tuesday, The American Scholar's readers contribute a new line of verse—or a completed poem—in collaboration with a renowned poet. The series is edited by David Lehman, a poet and the general editor of The Best American Poetry series.

You can contribute a line or read the completed poems at The American Scholar.

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Now more than ever, we must make the case about the value of the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa has the tools you need to make the case for the arts and sciences with local, state, and national policymakers. Find out how you can help spread the word and take action today at

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Behind the Key

      The Members Behind The Key

Deborah Krieger is a freelance arts and culture writer, the curatorial assistant at the Delaware Art Museum, and an advising editor for Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College in 2016 and received a Fulbright Combined Grant for study and teaching in Vienna, Austria, from 2016-2017.

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