Phi Beta Kappa

University of Mississippi


Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Jock Reynolds, Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery from 1998 to 2018, will discuss Collaboration and Learning in the Visual Arts at 5:30PM on Monday, September 16, 2019, in 126 Lamar Hall.

Free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.


















Attention Phi Beta Kappa Members!

Are you a University of Mississippi Phi Beta Kappa inductee or Phi Beta Kappa member in the Oxford area looking to network and connect? If so, join us for a Key Connections event sponsored by The Phi Beta Kappa Society and the University of Mississippi Phi Beta Kappa chapter!

Key Connections—University of Mississippi v. Arkansas Tailgate, September 7, 2019 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Meet fellow Phi Beta Kappa members and students, alumni, and faculty and tailgate with us in the Grove at the University of Mississippi. Look for the PBK tent and enjoy food and drink sponsored by the chapter. This event is free! Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

This is a great opportunity to network (and cross an item off of your bucketlist!).

On September 5-8, The Phi Beta Kappa Society will host its third annual Key Connections event series designed to welcome recent Phi Beta Kappa members in over 20 cities across the country. Hosted by Phi Beta Kappa alumni associations, these events will offer recently inducted members a chance to network with their peers and get to know other Phi Beta Kappa members in their community. Local associations provide an opportunity to expand professional connections, take advantage of cultural opportunities, learn about a wide array of topics in engaging and creative ways, and give back through scholarship programs and other activities. Learn more and see all participating cities at


2018-2019 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture

The University of Mississippi chapter of Phi Beta Kappa hosted Professor Jamsheed K. Choksy, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, as the 2018-2019 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. Professor Choksy was on campus October 24-26. His lecture, “The Spread of Islam,” was free, open to the public and well-attended.

As we await news about a 2019-2020 Visiting Scholar, we extend our thanks to sponsors who helped make last year’s visit 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 Department of Philosophy and Religion, — and, of course, the Phi Beta Kappa Society itself for providing us with Professor Choksy.



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

University of Mississippi senior Jacob Gambrell, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, received the Phi Beta Kappa Society Writing Internship Award during the 2019 spring semester.

Jacob, an international studies and Spanish major, studied abroad in Chile where he was placed in advanced upper-level classes. He was able to exhibit his high level of language and writing skills alongside Chilean students. He also had the opportunity to advance his writing skills in a variety of classes by minoring in anthropology and economics.

“Jacob has excelled in all of the areas of our curriculum, both qualitative and the quantitative,” said Will Schenck, resident member of Phi Beta Kappa and associate director of the Croft Institute for International Studies. “He has taken advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the international studies major to take classes in history, political science and public policy leadership, as well as classes on human rights and environmental issues in Chile.”

To receive this type of honor, recipients must be a junior or senior and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and they must be pursuing a major in either liberal arts or sciences. Awardees receive a $1,000 grant to go toward their writing. During the internship, they are required to publish a minimum of five articles that range from 500 to 700 words and include a photo.

Before receiving this award, Jacob also spent time writing for The Daily Mississippian. Shortly after, he heard about the Phi Beta Kappa internship from Sandra Spiroff, associate professor of mathematics and president of PBK’s UM chapter, and hopped on the opportunity.

“Jacob is very receptive to learning new things and not worried about being changed by what he learns,” said Luanne Buchanan, instructional associate professor of Spanish and secretary-treasurer of the UM chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. “A fundamental part of a college education is to allow oneself to learn and change, and Jacob has mastered that.”