Dec 08, 2018

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Celebration of our Association's 80th Anniversary

Sixty-three persons attended a celebratory luncheon at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak. Our inspirational speaker was Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who blew the whistle on the lead-tainted Flint water system and the author of a newly-released book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. We also honored our three 2018 scholarship recipients and elected the association's officers and board members for 2019. 

Sep 09, 2018

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Our first annual Key Connections was a rousing success! Thirty attendees played trivia and enjoyed a buffet of pizza and salad at Revel and Roll, a fun entertainment venue in Ann Arbor. Ten participants were recent PBK inductees (post 2008) who had never attended previous events hosted by the Greater Detroit Association Phi Beta Kappa. We look forward to their participation in future events!

Apr 12, 2018

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Gen. (ret.) David Petraeus was the featured speaker at a forum co-hosted by the Greater Detroit Association PBK and the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) at Wayne State University. Petraeus discussed current world threats and his perspective on where our country is headed. Local newscasters (Chuck Stokes and Carol Cain) peppered him with challenging questions, and he responded with thoughtfulness and insight. About 700 people attended (not counting a live-stream audience).

Mar 22, 2018

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Spring Dinner 2018

Attendees enjoyed an evening of dining and lively discussion at Rose's Restaurant in Canton, MI. Our guest speaker, John Thomas, J.D., presented an intriguing historical overview of Presidential Succession and Incapacity in the Federal Government. 

Mar 07, 2018

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Greater Detroit Association PBK co-sponsored a fascinating discussion offered at Wayne State University by the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS). Gloria Steinem, the noted journalist, feminist advocate, and also a PBK member, delivered the keynote address followed by a panel discussion moderated by our Association's President, Pamela Trotman Reid. An audience of more than 900 people packed the auditorium, as well as the aisles and lobby.

Nov 12, 2017


Fall Brunch 2017

Our featured speaker was Irvin D. Reid, President Emeritus of Wayne State University. Dr. Reid's inspirational talk about his work on the African Democracy Project included video clips of Wayne State students meeting with African leaders, observing African elections, and later reflecting upon their experiences. We also honored the two college freshmen who received our 2017 scholarships.

Jun 04, 2017

Spring Brunch 2017

Tom Stanton, a Detroit-based author and journalism professor, shared fascinating tidbits from his new book about the Black Legion, an important but little known aspect of Detroit history.

Nov 13, 2016

Fall Brunch 2016

Attendees learned about the development and far-reaching applications of robots from Guy Potok, a retired executive from FANUC. His presentation sparked a lively discussion about the socio-economic consequences of robotic technology.

Aug 24, 2016

6:00 PM

Detroit Area PBK Meet & Greet

The Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Greater Detroit Association Phi Beta Kappa hosted a well-attended, lively reception in Birmingham. The meet and greet allowed members to network, meet national Secretary Frederick M. Lawrence, and learn more about the Greater Detroit Association.

Mar 18, 2015

Detroit Public Library Tour & Networking

Mark Bowden, Coordinator of Special Collections at the Detroit Public Library, guided members of the Association through the Library's trove of items of cultural, historical and literary significance. Afterwards, we went to the nearby Traffic Jam and Snug restaurant to network and dine together.

May 31, 2015

Spring Brunch 2015

The Association met for its annual spring brunch at the Village Club in Detroit. We welcomed Paul Gross, Certified Consulting Meteorologist for WDIV Channel 4 in Detroit, who discussed climate change and global warming. Four high school students were recognized for their achievements with a Phi Beta Kappa scholarship.  

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