News and Events

Honor cord pickup

New members who have not picked up their Phi Beta Kappa honor cords may do so between 1:00 and 4:00 PM on Friday, May 5, in Rowe 210. This also includes students who joined in a previous year and need a cord for Commencement this weekend.

Chapter meeting: Mon. March 7, 12:15-1:15

The Epsilon of Connecticut Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will meet on Monday, March 7 from 12:15-1:15 pm in Austin 413. We have some important items on the agenda, including voting for new Chapter members and for officers for 2016-2017. At a minimum, we need a quorum of 10 members to conduct business.

Please send nominations and self-nominations for next year’s officers to Veronica.Makowsky@uconn.edu by noon on Friday, March 4. The officers are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. Please note that Veronica will not be running for re-election as President. If you have any questions about these offices, please contact Veronica.

We hope to see you there!

1/28: Visiting Scholar David Grusky – “A Blueprint for Ending Poverty… Permanently”

4:00-5:30 PM, Thursday, January 28, 2016
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center

The Epsilon of Connecticut chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will be hosting a public lecture by Visiting Scholar David B. Grusky entitled A Blueprint for Ending Poverty…Permanently. He will contend that we now have enough evidence about the sources and causes of poverty to wage a war against poverty based on science.

David Grusky is the Barbara Kimball Browning Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford, director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality, and coeditor of Pathways Magazine and of Stanford’s Studies in Social Inequality book Series. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recipient of the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship (American Sociological Association), founder of the Cornell University Center for the Study of Inequality, and a former Presidential Young Investigator.

His research examines changes in the amount, type, and sources of inequality, including such questions as whether and why gender, racial, and class-based inequalities are growing stronger and how such differences are best measured. His recent books include The Inequality PuzzleSocial Stratification, Occupy the Future, The Inequality Reader, The New Gilded Age, and The Great Recession.

Professor Grusky’s lecture will be followed by a reception in Dodd Lounge.

PBK Chapter meeting: Nov. 9, 1 PM

The Epsilon of Connecticut Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will meet on Monday, November 9th from 1:00-2:30 PM in Austin 420. The agenda items will include the minutes of the last chapter meeting; the reports of the officers; a report on last May’s successful initiation ceremony; the election of new members from the Classes of 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 (the years that the Chapter was in hiatus); election of an honorary member; plans for the Phi Beta Kappa Visitor in January (Dr. David Grusky of Stanford University); plans for this spring’s initiation; and a discussion of a new Constitution and By-Laws (to be voted on at the spring chapter meeting).

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Photos from 2015 Initiation

Thank you to Professor Jennifer Sterling-Folker for capturing these fantastic images from the 2015 initiation.

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