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PBK Visiting Scholar Program

Phi Beta Kappa's Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to meet some of America's most distinguished scholars. They meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a public lecture open to the entire academic community. The visits are designed primarily for undergraduate participation.

PBK Visiting Scholars 2014-15

Upcoming Visiting Scholar

Friday, October 24, 2014
3:30 pm in Curtin 175.

Wendy Brown, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism and Political Life
This lecture examines the damaging effects of neoliberal reason on democratic principles and ideals. Wendy Brown argues that the value and values of democracy are challenged today not merely by the unrestrained power of finance capital and large corporations, or by extreme and growing economic inequality. Read more...

Join us for a Brown Bag lunch with Wendy Brown on Friday, October 24 at 12 noon in Curtin 939.

PBK Initiation Ceremony

Spring semester

Phi Beta Kappa at UWM

PBK Key Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate  academic honor society, was founded on December 5, 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Only the most outstanding arts and sciences students (generally the top 10%) at America’s leading colleges and universities are invited for induction into campus chapters. Only about 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters making the honor that much more prestigious. Those invited to join Phi Beta Kappa truly are “the best of the best.”

PBK Membership

Membership in Phi Beta Kappa shows commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to the freedom of inquiry and expression. It also provides a competitive edge in the marketplace, as potential employers regularly contact the Phi Beta Kappa national office to confirm the membership of job seekers who have listed PBK among their credentials.

The Wisconsin Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was chartered in 1974. Students who meet the eligibility criteria automatically are invited to join the Society in the Spring of each year. Invitations typically are distributed in March and our induction ceremony is held in early May. There is a one-time membership fee assessed for new initiates. PBK membership is for life.

UWM PBK Officers

Aims McGuiness, President
(414) 229-4227
Erin Winkler, Vice President
(414) 229-5080
Jennifer DeRoche, Secretary
(414) 229-4737
Jim Klingbiel, Treasurer
(414) 229-6932
Beth Weckmueller, Chapter Historian/Membership Coordinator
(414) 229-6164