Duke Inducts Class of 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Members

Inductees were honored during the induction ceremony on May 9, 2013. They were joined by their families, chapter officers and university officials in Page Auditorium. For more details, read the Duke Today article.

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Inductees on the steps of Duke Chapel

Steve Nowicki, Dean of Undergraduate Education and President of the Phi Beta Kappa Duke Chapter, Beta of North Carolina, discusses Phi Beta Kappa and what it means to join the prestigious ranks of the nation's oldest academic honor society. A select number of Duke University students will soon be receiving their invitations to join this elite group.

A Rich History


The abridged history of our chapter, presented below, is taken from Carl L. Anderson's history of Phi Beta Kappa at Duke. This work was written in 1977 and revised in 1978, 1980, and 1988.

"The Duke chapter, Beta of North Carolina, was formed in 1920 at Trinity College, Durham, on the application of eight faculty members who has been inducted into membership while they were students at other institutions. The statement prepared in support of Trinity's application was pleased to point out that the college had no fewer than eleven buildings, including a library of 54,000 volumes staffed by six librarians.. 

"To meet the requirement that alumni of the College included persons who had attained great distinction, the charter application named United States Senators and Congressmen, college presidents, and others, including John Spencer Bassett, Professor of History in Trinity College. Basset had been the center of a celebrated controversy at Trinity in 1903 that led to one of the earliest affirmations of academic freedom by the trustees of an American institution of learning..."


 

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