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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 <>


• September 26: John Churchill, ΦΒΚ Secretary, will participate in a panel discussion with Rhodes ΦΒΚ member Stephen Wirls (11am, Blount).

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

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

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


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

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