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.
2014–15 EVENTS WITH PHI BETA KAPPA MEMBERS
• September 26: 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 (11am, Blount).
• October 11: annual reception during Homecoming/Reunion (5pm, Palmer Cloister).
• October 23: Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, Why Liberal Education Matters (6pm, BCLC).
• January 15: Scott Samuelson (Kirkwood Community College), "Suffering and Soul-Making," based on his recent book The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone (6pm, Evergreen Church). View a recording of the lecture online. Reviewed in Chapter 16; The Memphis Flyer; The Christian Century; Rain Taxi; interviewed on Counterpoint; New Books in Education; Fordham Conversations; Raj Persaud. Samuelson′s essays have appeared in the The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, The Philosopher’s Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Rhodes Magazine.