PBK at UofL
Phi Beta Kappa , the nation's oldest and most widely known academic honor society, celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies - the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences - in higher education and in society at large.
The University of Louisville is currently seeking to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The Application process began with submission of a preliminary application in October 2009. On March 21-23, 2011, the university will host a site visit by representative members of the Committee on Qualifications. Should the university meet final approval of the Phi Beta Kappa Council (representatives of existing chapters and associations) at the Council's next triennial meeting, scheduled for August 2012, it can expect to induct its first members in spring 2013.
The Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana is one of 61 alumni associations in the United States. It is the only association in Kentucky, with the majority of current members coming from the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. Its goals are to promote liberal arts education and recognize student achievement. Membership is open to anyone who has been initiated into Phi Beta Kappa.
The annual Phi Beta Kappa Lecture began in 2006 as a collaboration among the College of Arts and Sciences, the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana, and the Speed Art Museum. It brings outstanding scholars to campus for a high-profile public lecture as well as for informal meetings with students in the College of Arts and Sciences.