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2017

October 12, 2017

ΦBK 70th Anniversary Fundraiser with NY Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof

In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa hosted a scholarship fundraiser to benefit recognition and scholarships for high-performing Cleveland area high school students and endow a four-year college scholarship. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof was keynote speaker for the event, held at Cleveland's historic Union Club.

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April 30, 2017

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet

The Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa recognized 80+ outstanding graduating seniors from high schools across Northeast Ohio at our Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet. Our keynote speaker was Jean Koehler, Executive Director of Summer on the Cuyahoga, an organization which exposes the best young college talent to the abundance of professional opportunities in Northeast Ohio.

March 25, 2017

Maltz Museum Exhibit

The Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa toured "This Light of Ours," an exhibit at the Maltz Museum in Beachwood, Ohio. It was a significant and thought-provoking showing of nine activist photographers' work as part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Civil Rights movement. Unfortunately many of its themes persist today. We highly recommend visiting!

February 10, 2017

Understanding Turkey’s Authoritarian Turn

Historian Asli U. Bali, Ph.D. keynoted the the fourth annual Cleveland Association of ΦBK Forum at the City Club of Cleveland. "Understanding Turkey’s Authoritarian Turn" examined how the country has gone from being a “model” to a cautionary tale of democratic backsliding and political polarization, increasingly embroiled in ethno-sectarian violence, political instability and economic corruption.


2016

August 16, 2016

ΦBK CLE Annual Ice Cream Social

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 PBK Cleveland got together at Mitchell's Ice Cream for ice cream and conversation with Joe Cimperman, president of Global Cleveland. Our members learned about the ways Global Cleveland enriches our community! Check out the video!

May 1, 2016

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet

The Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa recognized 100+ outstanding graduating seniors from high schools across Northeast Ohio at our Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet. Our keynote speaker was Lori E. Varlotta, Ph.D, president of Hiram College. President Varlotta's remarks: "Using the Liberal Arts to Find Your Passion (Not Just Your Profession)." Hiram College's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Mu of Ohio, was founded in 1971.

April 1, 2016

Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and its Limits

Historian Ansley T. Erikson (PBK, Brown University) was the keynote speaker at the third annual Cleveland Association of ΦBK Forum at the City Club of Cleveland. "Making the Unequal Metropolis" presents a broad, detailed argument about the inextricable interrelatedness of school policies and the persistence of metropolitan-scale inequality.


2015

May 3, 2015

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet

Our keynote speaker was Sean Decatur, president of Kenyon College. President Decatur's remarks: “Navigating a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous World With a Liberal Arts Education.” Kenyon College's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Beta of Ohio, was founded in 1858.

March 20, 2015

The Roberts Court: The First Decade

Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former New York Times correspondent covering the Supreme Court, reviewed the social and political implications of decisions made by the Roberts Court at our second annual Cleveland Association of ΦBK Forum at the City Club of Cleveland. See Linda Greenhouse's remarks here.

February 19, 2015

ΦBK "Key & Tea"

It was cold outside, but the tea was hot and so was our topic: when are you ripping off someone's copyright, infringing on their patent, or illegally using their trademark? PBK Trustee and intellectual property attorney Kae Eppley led a spirited discussion at our first ΦBK "Key & Tea."

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2014

August 25, 2014

Phi Beta Kappa Sizzling Summer Ice Cream Social

Big Cherry Chocolate Chunk...Fresh Peaches and Cream...Caramel Sea Salt... wow! The Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa hosted a scrumptious summer ice cream social for (new and existing) Northeast Ohio ΦBK members, families and friends in a century-old movie theatre rehabbed by Mitchell's Ice Cream! Co-founder Peter Mitchell revealed the sweet secrets of his success!

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--More about Mitchell's Ice Cream and its fabulous founders, brothers Pete and Mike!

May 4, 2014

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Landerhaven

Our keynote speaker was Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College. President Krislov's remarks: “Communicating Excellence: Making the Case for Liberal Education Today.”

Oberlin Colleges Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Zeta of Ohio, was founded in 1907.

March 9, 2014

Bill Rudman's Musical Theater Project presents Fiddler on the Roof: Behind the Musical

Phi Betes celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of America's greatest musicals, hearing all of the songs and the story behind the creation of Fiddler on the Roof. The musicalhas been performed in 32 countries in 16 languages--a testament to its universality. LEARN MORE about Bill Rudman's Musical Theater Project

February 28, 2014

The Liberal Arts: Driving Innovation, Ingenuity and Opportunity in America

John Churchill, secretary of the national Phi Beta Kappa Society, was the inaugural speaker at our first annual Cleveland Association of ΦBK Forum at the City Club of Cleveland. See John Churchill's remarks here.


2013

November 12, 2013

Brews + Prose (+Phi Beta Kappa!)

We invited all Northeast Ohio ΦBK members to join us for an evening of spoken word at Brews + Prose, Cleveland's outstanding monthly spoken word program. The group enjoyed readings from novelist Varley O'Connor (“The Master’s Muse”) and poet Bruce Weigl (“The Abundance of Nothing”) and sampled a craft microbrew or two with fellow ΦBKs!

October 24, 2013

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Members of the Cleveland Association had a terrific night out at the Tony Award-winning musical Sweeney Todd, by America's greatest living composer/lyricist (and Phi Beta Kappa!) Stephen Sondheim. This production was directed by the acclaimed Victoria Bussert.

May 5, 2013

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Landerhaven

Our keynote speaker was Dr. Grant Cornwell, president of The College of Wooster. President Cornwell's remarks: “Cultivation of Humanity in a Global Era.”

The College of Wooster's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Kappa of Ohio, was founded in 1926.

April 21, 2013

The Cleveland Underground

Phi Betes from all over Northeast Ohio enjoyed a private tour of the Garfield Monument, Wade Chapel and its spectacular Tiffany window and mosaics, and the monuments to famous Clevelanders in Lakeview Cemetery. See our Phi Beta Kappa Facebook page for photos and video!


2012

October 13, 2012

Rhino Enounter!

Behind-the-scenes tour of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s rhino Exhibit, and a talk with Curator of Animals Dr. Chris Kuhar

May 13, 2012

Evening with the Cleveland Orchestra

A Cleveland Orchestra program that featured world-renowned musician Alisa Weilerstein, cello, who performed Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird Suite.

May 6, 2012

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Landerhaven

Our annual scholarship awards banquet was held on May 6, 2012. Our keynote speaker was Thomas Chema, president of Hiram College. President Chema’s remarks: “Are you Willing to Ask? My Thoughts on What it Takes to Get the Most from your College Education.”

Hiram College's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Mu of Ohio, was founded in 1971.

Visit the 2012 Awards Banquet Page  →


2011

May 1, 2011

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Landerhaven

Our speaker was Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year. She recently received her award from President Obama at the White House.

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March 13, 2011

A member reception at Tri-C Metro Campus and a musical afternoon with Dr. Bill Rudman (a Hiram ΦBK) of the Musical Theater Project.

Topic: The Making of My Fair Lady


2010

December 2, 2010

Reception, lecture and tour of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, one of Northeast Ohio’s newest cultural landmarks. 20 Phi Betes and guests from across the county attended on the second night of the Festival of Lights.

November 3, 2010

Membership event at the Cleveland Playhouse with a wine/cheese reception and pre-show talk, and third, fourth, fifth row seats for The Kite Runners. 21 attended this powerful and moving play.

May 2, 2010

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Landerhaven

Guest Speaker: Ms. Sally Pellegrin, the 2009 Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Math and Science. Ms. Pellegrin is a teacher at Clara E. Westropp Elementary School in Cleveland.

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2009

May 3, 2009

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Landerhaven

Keynote Address: Dr. Eugene Sanders, the CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

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2008

May 18, 2008

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Landerhaven

Keynote Address: Jerry Sue Thorton, the President of Cuyahoga Community College.

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2007

May 6, 2007

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Landerhaven

Keynote Address: John D. Ong, the former US Ambassador to Norway and Chairman Emeritus, B.F. Goodrich Company.

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2006

May 7, 2006

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Landerhaven

Keynote Address: Jason Kamras, the 2005 National Teacher of the Year and Phi Beta Kappa member.

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2005

April 10, 2005

Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at Landerhaven

Keynote Address: Samuel H. Miller, a noted philanthropist and civic leader, Co-Chairman of the Board and Treasurer of Forest City Enterprises, and fellow PBK Trustee.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Cleveland Association of ΦBK Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Mark your calendar and plan to join us at the Landerhaven on Sunday, May 6, 2018 to recognize outstanding local high school students as they embark on their college careers.

Keynote speaker will be Beverly J. Warren, president, Kent State University.

The Kent State chapter of ΦBK, Nu of Ohio, was granted its charter by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1977.

  • DATE: Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • PLACE: Landerhaven
  • TICKET INFORMATION: to follow

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