Phi Beta Kappa Association of Boston is affiliated with the national Phi Beta Kappa Society and upholds its ideals. Our association seeks to engage PBK members living in the greater Boston area in a variety of activities and events geared toward the PBK ideals through lectures, networking, discussions, cultural events, and other activities. In the past we have hosted happy hours; engaged speakers on a range of political, historical, and social topics; raised scholarship money at wine tasting events. We welcome your participation and your input.
Dear Members and Friends of the PBK Association of Boston,
We would like to invite you to participate and contribute to our mission of uniting members of PBK in the greater Boston area to promote scholarship, friendship, and cultural interests.
Our association, together with the Harvard chapter of PBK, recently hosted a well-attended and wonderful talk on the First Amendment, freedom of expression, and their accompanying challenges, especially in the academic environment. It was given by the Secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Fred Lawrence, former Dean of the George Washington University law school and recent President of Brandeis. We had refreshments and enjoyable conversation afterwards in the foyer of the lecture hall at the Harvard College Science Center where the talk was given.
This was only the most recent example of the many activities that our association sponsors annually, with the aim of bringing together Boston area members of PBK in an atmosphere of friendship, love of learning, and ethical values. These have included book club meetings, a tour of the art of the Boston Public Library, attendance at a dramatization of quantum mechanics at the MIT Museum, a poetry slam in Central Square Cambridge, and a Key Connections tour of the Sam Adams brewery in Jamaica Plains, all with the opportunity to meet and socialize with other members and friends of PBK.
If you graduated from a school far from the Boston area, we are pleased to function as your local alumni organization and help to provide a social milieu for you among our diverse membership.
Our dues are devoted solely to supporting our activities and to our annual $1000 scholarship, awarded to a junior or senior student attending a college with a PBK chapter in the Greater Boston area, in a competition based on an essay about love of learning, their transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
Friends and significant others of members are always welcome at our events and we would encourage you to add your name and email address to our mailing list even if you are not in a position to contribute financially at this time.
Please visit our website at www.pbkboston.org and click on the Membership tab at the top of the home page for more information. (If you graduated from college in the last 12 months, there are no dues levied for your first year of membership in calendar year 2018.)
Whether you become a member or not, I look forward to meeting you soon at an upcoming event!
President, PBK Association of Boston