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Phi Beta Kappa



On December 5, 1776, the first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was founded. Ever since that day, Phi Beta Kappa has advocated and supported the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level. Today, there are over 270 chapters across the United States with more than 15,000 new members elected annually. Fordham University was first inducted into this prestigious society on March 1, 1962.

Fordham's Phi Beta Kappa Members, 1962 to 2007

Past Events:

Lecture by Dr. Joseph A. Farrell, Jr.

Dr. Joseph A. Farrell, Jr.

Professor Joseph A. Farrell, Jr., became a member of Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate at Bowdoin College. He received his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is now Associate Dean for Arts & Letters and Professor of Classical Studies at Penn, where he joined the faculty in 1985. From 1998 to 2003 he was the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor in the Humanities. In 1995 he founded the Virgil Project to study ways to create interactive tools for the learning, teaching, and research of classics via the Internet. Professor Farrell came to the Fordham Rose Hill campus on 17 October 2005 to deliver a lecture entitled "Literature and Society in the First Modern Period: 321 BC--AD 235." His talk highlighted themes of modernity in the novel and showed how these elements were also apparent in the ancient novel. This exciting lecture proved that there needs to be a reevaluation of what the term "modernity" means.

Dr. George F. Bass Delivers a Lecture at Fordham

Dr. George F. Bass Answering Questions

In November 2004, Phi Beta Kappa had the privilege of hosting a lecture by Dr. George F. Bass entitled “The Million-Piece Glass Puzzle: the 11th Century Shipwreck at Serce Limani, Turkey.” Dr. Bass is regarded as the founder of nautical archaeology, the systematic scientific excavation of ancient shipwrecks. In addition to founding the Institute for Nautical Archaeology (INA), Dr. Bass played a vital role in excavating the world’s oldest known shipwreck off the coast of Uluburun, Turkey. His discoveries in Turkey have challenged long standing beliefs about Bronze Age merchant seafaring. His talk at Fordham University covered his excavation of a merchant ship on the coast of Serce Limani, where he uncovered a vast supply of broken glass. This find led to the first discovery of broken glass as cargo intended for a glass factory in Turkey. Dr. Bass has collected this data in a forthcoming book.

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