Meetings & Events

11/14/13 - Annual Book Award Ceremony @ 4:15pm in the Glendening Annex

2/5/14 - Annual Meeting for Resident PBK Members @ 4:45pm in the Glendening Annex

4/1/14 - Initiation Ceremony @ 5:30pm at the Historic State House; dinner following

Zeta Chapter Events

A core part of Phi Beta Kappa's mission is to foster and promote the liberal arts and sciences. In addition to conferring membership to outstanding students, the Society is involved in a number of advocacy programs to spread the message about the benefits of a liberal arts education.

Visiting Scholars

Started in 1956, the Visiting Scholars program sends distinguished speakers to chapters across the country to meet with faculty and students and to address the school. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between distinguished visiting scholars and the resident faculty and students. 

Diana Taylor discusses the During their time on campus, Visiting Scholars speak to classes and clubs, share meals with faculty, staff & students, and give a public lecture. Our chapter has hosted seven scholars since our Chapter was inducted in 1998; their names and respective lecture titles are as follows: Diana Taylor (spring 2013) Politics of Passion, Pamela Soltis (fall 2007) Women in Science, Kenneth Pomeranz (spring 2006) Popular Religion in Chinese History, Paul McHugh (fall 2003) The Memory Wars, Arend Lijphart (fall of 2000) The Age of Ethnic Conflict versus the Age of Democratization, Wallace Broecker (spring of 2000) Surprises in the Greenhouse, and Leroy Rouner (fall of 1998) Ethnic Conflict and World Community: Is There a Global Ethic?.


John Churchill, photo by Kristen Seymour

Held once a year, traditionally the first Tuesday in April, at the Historic State House in Historic St. Mary's City. Students elected as Members in Course receive their certificates at the ceremony. Alumni and Honorary members elected each year are also recognized. Past initiation speakers include: Steven Muller, Edward Clarke, Jr., Ann Hohenhaus, Martin Sullivan, the Honorable John F. Slade, Kevin Crutchfield, Donna Muncey, Retired Brigadier General Evelyn Foote, Dana Greene, Henry Miller, Laraine Glidden, Roy Hokpins, Melissa Deckman, Joseph Urgo, Benjamin Toll, and Mel Endy. The 2013 speaker was John Churchill, Secretary of National Office of Phi Beta Kappa

Book Awards

Ceremony held each November to honor select NHS Students from the five high schools in St. Mary's County. Students selected for the award are given a book relevant to their field of interest.

Book Awards 2014











2014 Book Awards

From left to right:  Lee Capristo (PBK president), Blake Buckler (Chopticon ), Rosie Click (Leonardtown), Laraine Glidden (PBK book award coordinator), Abisha Dowla (Great Mills), Rand Duarte (St. Mary’s Ryken), Tim Green (King’s Christian), Libby Williams (PBK adviser). Photo by Angie Draheim.

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