Phi Beta Kappa, Delta of Washington

Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most selective undergraduate honor society in the United States, was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Society takes its name from the initial letters (ΦBK) of its Greek motto, Philosophia Biou Kubernetes, “Love of wisdom, the guide of life.”

The Phi Beta Kappa Society granted a chapter to the ΦBK members of the University of Puget Sound faculty and staff in 1986. As the fourth college in Washington to be granted a ΦBK chapter, our chapter takes its name from the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, Delta or Δ.

Fall Semester

Magee Address Information or Visiting Scholar Lecture Information

Magee Address: "No Subject"
Ronald R. Thomas, President
October 30, 2014, 5-6 p.m., Tahoma Room Commencement Hall

Spring Semester

PBK Visiting Scholar Dr. Caroline A. Bruzelius
March 9, 2015, 5 - 6 p.m., Rotunda
"Art History and Digital Visualization”

Dr. Bruzelius is Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University.

Art History as a discipline is uniquely well-adapted to digital technologies: new tools enable us to engage with questions about the origins of materials and the transportation of/commerce in artifacts, as well as the reconstruction of original context (many works of art produced prior to c. 1500 were intended to be part of a larger setting).  This talk describes a number of experimental initiatives undertaken by the Duke Wired! group that reconstruct the locations of ancient sculpture, reflect on the transportation of precious materials in antiquity and the middle ages (lapis and ivory, for example), and reconstruct the settings for paintings on altarpieces or medieval sculpture in its original location.  I will discuss mapping tools, laser scanning, GIS-based models and maps, animations, surface analysis, and communication to the public through videos and interactive displays in museums.

The event is co-sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa’s Delta of Washington Chapter, the departments of Art and Art History, English, History, and Religion, and the Honors and Humanities Programs. 

For more information please contact Katherine Smith, History Department or ext. 3906

March 25, 2015, 5 - 6 p.m.—Election of New Members & Business Meeting, University Club

April 23, 2015, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.—Initiation Ceremony, President’s House

May 15, 2015, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.—Commencement Luncheon with Trustees