Past Events


• Annual induction ceremony, including an address to new members by Dr. Mary Goodloe (Peyton Nalle Rhodes Prize recipient, 1984) (May 13)

• Junior inductees (class of 2017) announced at Awards Convocation (April 29)

• 1616 Symposium



• Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture by Dr. Vincent Wimbush (November 12)

• Annual induction ceremony, including an address to new members by Dr. Martha Saavedra (Peyton Nalle Rhodes Prize recipient, 1983) (May 15)

• Junior inductees (class of 2016) announced at Awards Convocation (May 1)

• John Guillory (NYU), "Monuments and Documents: On the Object of Study in the Humanities" (April 23).

• Brian Greene (Columbia University), "From the Big Bang to the End of Time" (March 5).

• Gavin Wright (Stanford University), the economic impact of the civil rights movement (January 20).

• Scott Samuelson (Kirkwood Community College), "Suffering and Soul-Making," based on his recent book The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone (January 15). View a recording of the lecture online.



• Benjamin Evans announced as the 2014 recipient of the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize (May 10)

• Annual induction ceremony, including an address to new members by Dr. Ann Kingsolver ′82, the third recipient of the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize (May 9)

• Junior inductees (class of 2015) were announced at the Awards Convocation (April 25)

• Phi Beta Kappa lecture by Marjorie Garber: "Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities." Interview in Chapter 16; Memphis Flyer "Shakespeare Our Contemporary"; "Occupied Shakespeare" (March 27)

• Wesleyan University President Michael RothWhy Liberal Education Matters (October 23).

• Annual reception during Homecoming/Reunion (October 11).

• John Churchill, ΦΒΚ Secretary, in a panel discussion with Rhodes ΦΒΚ member Stephen Wirls as part of the ACTC Conference on The Intersection of Religious and Secular Cores in Undergraduate Liberal Arts Education (September 26).

• President Teresa Beckham GrammOpening Convocation Address to new students (August 19).

 • Additional Phi Beta Kappa members who visited campus in 2013–14: Gordon Wood (ΦBK Tufts University), September 17; Benjamin Claude Brower (ΦBK University of Idaho), September 26; Stephen Wirls (ΦBK Kenyon College), October 8; Timothy Huebner (ΦBK University of Miami), October 9; Ayanna Thompson (ΦBK Columbia University), November 2; Darrin McMahon (ΦBK UC-Berkeley), November 13; Hasan Kwame Jeffries (ΦBK Morehouse College) February 27–March 1; Judith Butler (ΦBK Yale University), April 10



• "DNA at 60": A lecture series organized by Dr. Harmon Dunathan (ΦBK Rhodes College) (Wednesdays, 7:30pm in the UC Theater, University of Memphis): "Evolution and the Origin of Modern Genetics," Dr. Andrew Berry (Harvard University); "The Discovery of the Structure of DNA," Dr. Alexander A. F. Gann (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory); "What Has Followed . . ." Dr. Duane McKenna (University of Memphis) (November 6, 13, & 20)

• Reception for Phi Beta Kappa alumni, faculty, staff, students, and local members during Homecoming/Reunion weekend (October 26)

• National Phi Beta Kappa conference, "Is There a Case for the Liberal Arts?" (October 17–19)

• "A Plea for ′Close Learning′" published by our Rhodes ΦBK chapter president, Scott L. Newstok (July 11); reprinted in Liberal Education (Fall)

• Sarah Bacot announced as the 2013 recipient of the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize (May 11)

• Address by J. S. "Chris" Christie, Jr. ′81, as part of our annual induction (May 10). Mr. Christie was the second recipient of the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize

• Junior inductees (class of 2014) were announced at the Awards Convocation (April 26)

• Randall Fuller discussed "Walt Whitman′s Civil War," based on his award-winning book From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature (April 11, 2013). Co-sponsored by the departments of EnglishHistoryMusic, and the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities. Pre-register; facebook page. Media: Chapter 16Memphis FlyerCounterpoint

• A traveling exhibit was on display about Phi Beta Kappa′s history, on loan from the national office (Hardie Auditorium Lobby, April 11–May 31)

• Our chapter was profiled in Rhodes Magazine (Winter)

• Samantha Smith ′14 was offered a writing internship with The Key Reporter (January). Articles written by Ms. Smith: "Is the Examined Life Worth Living?"; "Liberal Arts Education Brings Passion to Problem Solving."

• Many additional PBK members spoke on campus in 2012–13, including James Capretta (September 17), Clifford Orwin and Susan Meld Shell (September 28); Melody Deusner ′99 (November 15); Amy Singer (November 27); and Alice Kaplan (February 11-12). At the University of Memphis′ Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, PBK speakers included Karlyn Kohrs Campbell (September 27); Deborah Gray White (November 1); and Marshall Poe (March 21)



• Reception for PBK alumni was held during Homecoming/Reunion Weekend (October 20)

• Brian Thompson ′80 (Chazen Museum of Art) addressed new members at the annual induction luncheon (May 11). Mr. Thompson was the inaugural recipient of the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize

• Sir Peter Crane (Yale University) explored "The Future of Plants: Diversity, Conservation and Sustainability" (March 1). Crane′s visit was co-sponsored with Rhodes′ Biology DepartmentEnvironmental Studies & Sciences, the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities, and the University of Memphis Department of Biological Sciences. Media: Commercial Appeal profile; Memphis Flyer interview



• John Churchill ′71 (Phi Beta Kappa) spoke with alumni during Homecoming/Reunion Weekend (October 22)

• Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton University), discussed his book "The Honor Code" (September 21). Appiah′s visit was co-sponsored with Lecture Board, the Office of Student Conduct, the Dean′s OfficeAfrican American StudiesEnglishGender and Sexuality StudiesInternational StudiesPhilosophyPolitical Science, the Project for the Study of Liberal Democracy, the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities, and the Writing Center. Media: WKNO interview; Chapter 16 interview; Commercial Appeal interview