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February 12, 2021, 7:00PM EST

Food for Thought: A Three-Part Documentary Series  

PBK Association of Boston invites you to a three-part documentary series called "Food for Thought". Join us to watch episodes from the Netflix series Rotten and discuss the different food industries around the globe. 


For our first event on February 12th at 7PM EST we will be watching and discussing the episode titled Garlic Breath. Please register for the first viewing via Zoom here:

Jan 14, 2021, 7:30 pm EST

PBK Boston Young Professionals Welcome Event

Dear PBK Members,


Thanks so much for showing such enthusiastic interest in attending Young Professionals events through the Phi Beta Kappa Boston Association. We are so excited to tell you that our first Boston Young Professionals event is coming up! We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, January 14th at 7:30pm EST for our welcome event on Zoom. This is a chance for all of us to get to know other young members in the Boston area in smaller breakout rooms. We’ll also talk about the mission of Young Professionals programming and future events. 


To join, please register in advance for the Zoom meeting here. We look forward to meeting you soon! If you have any questions or issues joining the event, don’t hesitate to contact Thomas at


Happy Holidays!

PBK Boston Young Professionals Committee

Ali, Charlotte, Elisabeth, Emily, Jackie, and Lina


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Thanks so much again, and happy new year!

Dec 08, 2020 PBK Boston Poetry Slam

Join members of the Boston Association of Phi Beta Kappa for a Boston-area Poetry Slam for any PBK members and friends wishing to read their own poetry or that of favorite authors or just tune in and listen.

Why:  To promote the PBK Society’s goals of friendship, scholarship, and cultural interests among members and to introduce members to each other in a relaxed but structured atmosphere.

When:  Tuesday evening, December 8th, from 7:30 to 9 pm, via Zoom (see below to register for the Zoom meeting via EventBrite)

What:  We will start with introductions and socializing and then proceed to the poetry readings. Please feel free to offer any type of poetry, being mindful that the aim is to promote a group spirit in which everyone can share and find uplifting in the tradition of learning and the pursuit of wisdom.

There is no need to bring a selection yourself, if you have been rushed and haven’t had time to consider a choice, as there are those of us with many favorites to read.

 We will discuss the readings as the spirit moves us and use the discussions as opportunities for further sharing and socializing. We are excited to provide this space for our community to come together and make new connections.

How to Register:  Please sign up through EventBrite at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the required Zoom link for joining the meeting.

See you there!

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Time: Dec 8, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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Nov 05, 2020

A virtual fundraiser event at 7 to 8 pm on Thursday, November 5th, MASKerade will feature cocktail making, music from local artists, an awesome array of silent auction items, and the opportunity to make cards for BHCHP patients.

Join the MASKerade for the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program

Looking to support some of Boston's most vulnerable community members through the coronavirus pandemic? Join the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program for a virtual MASKerade on November 5!


All PBK members are invited to join the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program's Emerging Leaders Board for a virtual MASKerade on Thursday November 5 at 7 pm Eastern in support of the critical work being done by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). 


BHCHP provides or ensures high quality, comprehensive health care for over 11,000 individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Boston every year. As difficult as the pandemic has been for our entire community, the pandemic has disproportionately affected individuals experiencing homelessness during these times. BHCHP has been working tirelessly and creatively throughout the pandemic to stop the spread of the virus and ensure that our patients can continue to receive the critical care and support that they need.   


In addition to hearing from BHCHP's inspiring staff, patients, and community partners about the incredible work being done, MASKerade will feature cocktail making, music from local artists, an awesome array of silent auction items, and the opportunity to make cards for BHCHP patients. It is sure to be both a fun and meaningful evening!


Tickets start at just $25 and can be found here, along with additional event details. Any questions on the event or how to get more involved with BHCHP's work may be directed to PBK member Elizabeth Eyermann at BHCHP's Emerging Leaders Board looks forward to seeing you on November 5!

Jun 25, 2020

7:30-9:30 PM

Book Club Discussion: _Behave_ by Robert Sapolsky

Join members of the Boston Association of PBK for a book discussion via Zoom, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, June 25th, 2020, at 7:30 PM. (Please note we are meeting Thursday rather than the usual Tuesday!)

Thomas Laage is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Time: June 25, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Guests of participants are welcome and please come even if you haven’t finished (or even started!) the book.

The discussion will be on this book:

Behave by Robert Sapolsky

From the celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of human behavior, both good and bad, and an answer to the question: Why do we do the things we do?

Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. A behavior occurs--whether an example of humans at our best, worst, or somewhere in between. What went on in a person's brain a second before the behavior happened? Then Sapolsky pulls out to a slightly larger field of vision, a little earlier in time: What sight, sound, or smell caused the nervous system to produce that behavior? And then, what hormones acted hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual is to the stimuli that triggered the nervous system? By now he has increased our field of vision so that we are thinking about neurobiology and the sensory world of our environment and endocrinology in trying to explain what happened.

Sapolsky keeps going: How was that behavior influenced by structural changes in the nervous system over the preceding months, by that person's adolescence, childhood, fetal life, and then back to his or her genetic makeup? Finally, he expands the view to encompass factors larger than one individual. How did culture shape that individual's group, what ecological factors millennia old formed that culture? And on and on, back to evolutionary factors millions of years old.

The result is one of the most dazzling tours d'horizon of the science of human behavior ever attempted, a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do...for good and for ill. Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.

We look forward to a lively and wide-ranging discussion with this highly recommended book as a starting place.

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