Welcome to the website of the Delta of Missouri chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Truman is the fourth campus in the state to have received a charter, and 30 years had elapsed since a chapter had been granted to a Missouri institution. Truman is only the second public Missouri university so honored and joins Phi Beta Kappa ranks with the University of Missouri-ColumbiaWashington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest undergraduate academic honor society in the liberal arts and sciences. It was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and now has a total of 284 chapters.  Read about Why Phi Beta Kappa Matters? from About.com.

Here is information about eligibility for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Remarks by our Presidents on the value of the liberal arts and sciences are provided at The Value of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Delta Chapter News

Delta of Missouri initiated 35 Members in Course on Sunday, April 21, 2013.


The 2013 Members in Course of Delta of Missouri Chapter are Ian Ramon Abundis, Michael Arsha Baharaeen, Benjamin David Batzer, Nicholas Richard Becker, Michael Joel Berman, Abigale Morgan Berry, Amy Allene Burbee, Shannan Rae Cantu, Lisa Jean Clark, Shannon Kathleen Colligan, Laura Audrey Franks, Conor James Gearin, Christina Maurine Goehl, Rachel Lee Goodwin, Samantha Lynn Hall, Jessica Ann Harney, Wyatt Andrew Hoffman, Elise Abigail Keller, Elizabeth Grace Koch, Jamie Rose Miller, Dipesh Niraula, Samantha Elizabeth Pernicka, Michael James Polwort, Grace O’Shea Robinson, Mary Amanda Robison, Josiah DeWayne Rosell, Amanda Clare Shetler, Emma Claire Shirey, Kelsey Nicole Spalding, Katy Nicole Spence, Coleen Cecile Ledesma Tanyag, Andrew Kirby Turner, Abigail Leigh Twenter, Mary Louisa Williams, and Kun Zhang.

Read the ceremony’s closing remarks by Chapter president Robert Bates Graber here.

Delta Chapter hosts Visiting Scholar Tyler Burge of University of California, Los Angeles March 22-23, 2013


Public Lecture: “Perception: Origins of Mind” 7:30 pm Baldwin Hall 176 (Little Theatre)

Tyler Burge is professor of philosophy at UCLA, where he has taught since 1971.  He is the author of numerous articles in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, epistemology, philosophy of language and logic, and history of philosophy, and his most recent book is Origins of Objectivity.  He has published the first two of several projected volumes of essays:  Truth, Thought, Reason and Foundations of Mind.  Two books of essays on his work, with replies, are Reflections and Replies:  Essays on the Philosophy of Tyler Burge and Meaning, Basic Self-Knowledge, and Mind.

He is a former president of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as of the British Academy, and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Institut International de Philosophie.  He has given the Locke Lectures at Oxford, the Dewey Lectures at Columbia, and the Nicod Lectures in Paris.


Truman ideals aid honor society

by David Hutchinson, The Index, March 1, 2012



National Society News

“How Frugal is the Chariot That Bears the Human Soul” by Secretary John Churchill

“Critical thinking, sympathetic imagination, contribution to the survival of the experiment of popular democracy, the exultation of the human spirit: that’s what’s borne in this chariot. And frugal it is, compared with no chariot and no soul.”

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