Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, celebrating and advocating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The purpose of Phi Beta Kappa as an honor society is to celebrate excellence in academics and integrity of character. This society exists because those who founded them believed, as we believe still, that there are achievements worthy of celebration: academic work of extraordinary quality, exemplary leadership, and research that advances human knowledge.
Geneseo's chapter annually invites for induction our most outstanding liberal arts students. We also sponsor activities on campus to increase awareness of the importance of studies in the liberal arts and sciences. The Alpha Delta Chapter at Geneseo was established in 2004.
About one college senior in 100, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Seventeen U.S. Presidents, thirty-eight U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and one hundred and thirty-six Nobel laureates can be counted among the ranks of Phi Beta Kappa members.
The Geneseo Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to announce that the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture will be "The U.S. and torture after 9/11", presented by David Forsythe, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Nebraska. The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, March 6, at 4:30 pm in Newton 202.
Geneseo students from the junior and senior classes will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on May 6, 2014.