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Phi Beta Kappa is America’s oldest collegiate honor society. Founded in 1776, its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding liberal arts students at leading colleges and universities. The Society champions the liberal arts — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

The Gamma Chapter of Tennessee was established at Rhodes College on December 5, 1949. Our chapter was the 143rd in the nation to be chartered; there are currently 283 chapters in the United States. In addition to recognizing outstanding students and awarding the college′s highest academic honor, our chapter sponsors lectures by distinguished visiting scholars. For two years in a row (2011–13), Gamma of Tennessee has been recognized as one of the top chapters in the nation.

To give to Phi Beta Kappa, please indicate "Phi Beta Kappa" on the Rhodes Online Giving page, or contact Nicki Soulé at the Development Office: (901) 843-3740; email <>



• August 19: President Teresa Beckham Gramm delivered the Opening Convocation Address to new students.

• September 26: John Churchill, ΦΒΚ Secretary, will participate 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 (11am, Blount).

• October 11: annual reception during Homecoming/Reunion (5pm, Palmer Cloister).

October 23: Wesleyan University President Michael Roth will discuss Why Liberal Education Matters (6pm, BCLC).

January 15: Scott Samuelson (Kirkwood Community College) will lecture on "Suffering and Soul-Making," based on his recent book The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone (6pm, Evergreen Church).

• March 5: Brian Greene (Columbia University)

April 23: John Guillory (NYU) will address "Monuments and Documents: On the Object of Study in the Humanities" (7pm, Blount).


The national office of Phi Beta Kappa is led by Secretary John Churchill, who graduated from Rhodes College in 1971.

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