Office of the Dean of the College
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar shares insights
Esteemed scholar, social theorist, and 2014-15 Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Jeffrey Alexander recently spent two days (Dec. 1-2, 2014) at Clark University engaged in and helping to guide a host of lively intellectual activities, focusing mostly on the field of cultural trauma and collective identity. Read more
Left: from left to right—Shelly Tenenbaum, Jeffrey Alexander, Esther Jones
PBK Sophomore Prizes Continue to Recognize Early Academic Achievement
The PBK Sophomore Prize is awarded to an outstanding sophomore who has demonstrated a commitment to the rigorous inquiry encouraged by this honor society. The 2015 PBK Sophomore Prize was awarded to Marissa Natale for her exemplary work in History and Holocaust and Genocide Studies, where she weaves together exemplary scholarly rigor in the classroom with applications and projects beyond the classroom, as represented by her LEEP project on Holocaust money.
PBK Sophomore prizes are nominated at the conclusion of a student's sophomore year and awarded at the beginning of their Junior year. Previous winners of the PBK Sophomore Prize include Andrew Bellesis in 2014, a biochemistry and molecular biology major and holocaust and genocide studies concentrator and Yisrael Lattke, a chemistry major, who received our first prize in 2013. PBK Sophomore prize nominations are solicited from faculty at the end of the academic year and the prize is announced and awarded at the start of the following academic year (the beginning of the student's junior year).
Writing internship recipients
Clark students Shalyn Hopley '14, Charlotte Turner '14 and Austin Alexander '13 were awarded writing internships with the national office of the Phi Beta Kappa Society in Washington, D.C. for which they prepared publishable articles for Phi Beta Kappa's new site The Key Reporter. Read their articles, below.
"As an English major and soon-to-be college graduate, I have invested my time and money into the liberal arts, and as a typical college student, I spend plenty of time perusing the internet. Understandably then, any article that pronounces my path of studies to be 'dead' flashes bright red on my radar screen. When I saw Joseph Epstein's article 'Who Killed the Liberal Arts? And Why We Should Care' in The Weekly Standard, I immediately bookmarked it…" More »
"Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: 'No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.' Forty years later, Title IX remains one of the most important legislative decisions regarding education in America…" More »
"In a recent article in The New York Times, 'Muslims from Abroad Are Thriving at Catholic Colleges,' Richard Pérez-Peña brings to light a new and interesting trend in American Catholic universities. Increasingly, students from the Muslim world intent on earning degrees in the United States are opting to attend faith-based institutions steeped in Christian values rather than secular schools. As a representative of the University of Dayton in Ohio reported to Pérez-Peña, that school's Muslim population has increased more than six-fold in the last decade and features a much higher proportion of women…" More »