Voices and Ideas
100-year-old Jean Wallace White (ΦBK, Duke University) launched an impressive three generations of Phi Beta Kappa members in her family.
Parks (ΦBK, Mount Holyoke) was the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in drama, which she won in 1999 for Topdog/Underdog.
Vanda Krefft (ΦBK, University of Pennsylvania) is the author of The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox.
With a background in theater and computer science, Greg Edwards (ΦBK, Yale) explains how his position with Google fills an emotional niche similar to writing.
For Jim Peck (ΦBK, Carleton College), a liberal arts education is in perpetual motion: "It's the kind of notion that knowledge isn’t static—it’s a thing that gets made."
Fr. Walter Ong (ΦΒΚ, St. Louis University) revolutionized scholars’ understanding of language. His home campus honors him with a "Pillars of the University" marker.
As a student, ΦBK member Therese Bottomly didn't know how to plan for her career, so she focused on the liberal arts. Now she's the editor and vice president of The Oregonian.
Psychoanalyst and English professor Lee Jenkins (ΦBK, Fisk University) addresses themes of interracial love and coming-of-age during the 1960s in his novel Right of Passage.