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: "“If I Major in the Humanities, Will I Live in my Parents’ Basement Forever?”: How do the Humanities Matter?"
Greta Austin, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Gender and Queer Studies Program
September 5, 2017, 4-5 p.m., Murray Board Room

Panel Discussion: Protecting Free Speech in an Era of Combative Discourse
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 12-1:30 p.m., Trimble Forum
Join Frederick M. Lawrence Secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Michael Benitez, African American Studies Professor Grace Livingston, Philosophy Professor Justin Tiehen, Politics and Government Professor Seth Weinberger, and Associate Professor and Director of Environmental Policy and Decision Making Rachel DeMotts for discussion about
--how engaging the right of free speech may impact the safety and wellbeing of minortized individuals and communities
--how to respond to each other about pressing issues with a sense of civility and mutual endeavor
--how to own the realities and implications of different thinking/acting in shared contexts/communities

Spring Semester

March 21, 2018, 5 - 6 p.m.—Election of New Members & Business Meeting, University Club

April 17, 2018, 5 - 6 p.m.—Initiation Ceremony, President’s House

May 11, 2018, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.—Commencement Luncheon with Trustees, Upper Marshall Hall