Phi Beta Kappa

University of Mississippi


Spring 2018 Initiation Ceremony

The eighteenth initiation ceremony of Beta of Mississippi was held on April 6, 2018, with 73 students accepting the invitation to membership.  Dr. Donald Dyer, Professor of Modern Languages and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs of the College of Liberal Arts, spoke to the initiates and their guests at the afternoon ceremony held in Paris-Yates Chapel.

The UM chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is grateful for the support of Chancellor Vitter, Provost Wilkin and  College of Liberal Arts Dean Lee Cohen in making the 2017 ceremony a meaningful event for our honored students, their families and their friends.

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2017-2018 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture

The University of Mississippi chapter of Phi Beta Kappa hosted Professor Judith A. Carney of UCLA.  In addition to class visits and meals with faculty and students during her September 13-15 visit, Professor Carney delivered the Visiting Scholar lecture, “Seeds of Memory:  Food Legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” to a capacity crowd in Barnard Observatory.

Many thanks to our sponsors who helped make this possible:  the UM Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the College of Liberal Arts, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Department of Modern Languages — and, of course, the Phi Beta Kappa Society itself for providing us with another outstanding Visiting Scholar.

In fall 2018, Beta of Mississippi will host Professor Jamsheed K. Choksy, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, who will join us as the 2018-2019 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.



UM Student Serves as Writing Intern for the Phi Beta Kappa Society

The University of Mississippi has seen multiple students earn a writing internship with the Phi Beta Kappa Society.  Their task is to write articles for the national Society’s website.  Here you can find one of the most recent publications by a UM student: