Past Events


Sept 24, 2020     7:00 - 8:30 PM EST

Greater Detroit Virtual Key Connections

Join the Greater Detroit Association Phi Beta Kappa for an evening of conversation and games. We will have trivia and icebreaker games hosted through the platform Jackbox, so have your devices charged for a chance to get to know your fellow PBK alumni and learn more about our Association. For more information, contact Megan Riherd at

Sept 10, 2020      6:00 PM EST

Key Connections National Virtual Event

The national office of The Phi Beta Kappa Society will host Key Connections virtually to welcome recent PBK graduates as they launch their careers and join new communities. This special event will feature Secretary/CEO Fred Lawrence in conversation with accomplished members sharing advice on how a foundation in the arts and sciences supports productive careers and meaningful lives, even in today's uncertain economic climate.

Aug 19, 2020     7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Summer Book Club Virtual Meeting

From the safety and comfort of their homes in Oakland and Washtenaw Counties, Phi Betes met via Zoom to discuss the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

May 13, 2020     7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Spring Book Club Virtual Meeting

Phi Beta Kappa members met via Zoom for a lively discussion of Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond.

Dec 07, 2019     11:30 AM - 2:30 PM EST

Annual Meeting & Luncheon 2019

On December 7, PBK members met at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon. The guest speaker was Rev. Faith Fowler, pastor of the Cass Community United Methodist Church in Detroit and leader of the Cass Community Social Services. At the luncheon, we also honored our two 2019 scholarship winners and elected our 2020 officers and board members.

Oct 16, 2019     6:30 - 8:30 PM EST

Fall Book Club Meeting

On Wednesday, October 16, nine PBK members and guests met at Bigalora in downtown Royal Oak for our Association's second Book Club meeting. The group enjoyed delicious food, wonderful fellowship, and a lively discussion of Becoming by Michelle Obama.

Sept 15, 2019     1:30 - 4:30 PM EST

Key Connections 2019

At the 2019 Key Connections event, 16 PBK members met up for an exciting afternoon of puzzle-solving at Escape Room Novi! After a successful escape, the group enjoyed appetizers at the nearby Bar Louie.

Jun 29, 2019     12:00 - 2:30 PM EST

Summer Luncheon with Dr. Jon Corvino

John Corvino, Dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College and a Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University, joined Detroit PBK members at the Common Pub in the historic Belcrest Hotel for our 2019 Summer Luncheon. In his presentation “Civility: Its Uses and Abuses in Public Discourse”, Corvino described the challenges and importance of maintaining relationships and engaging in constructive dialogue with persons whose viewpoints differ from ours.

Jun 05, 2019     6:30 - 8:30 PM EST

Inaugural Book Club Meeting

The first meeting of our book club was a success! Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's book, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, sparked a lively discussion. Attendees commented that they enjoyed having a PBK event with more opportunities for members to talk and get better acquainted.

Apr 14, 2019     1:30 - 5:00 PM EST

Theater Event & Meet-up

PBK members and their guests attended the new play Flint, presented by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. Flint by playwright José Casas explores the current state of the water crisis through narratives based and inspired by the lives and stories of people affected by the tragedy. Following the thought-provoking performance, we gathered at Rappourt to discuss the play while enjoying craft beers and tasty pub food.

Apr 07, 2019     2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

Welcome New PBK Inductees

Alpha Chapter of Michigan invited representatives of Greater Detroit PBK to participate in the induction of 252 new Phi Beta Kappa members at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The keynote speaker was Abdul El-Sayed, a public health doctor, progressive activist, and former candidate for Governor of Michigan. Dr. El-Sayed was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Michigan in 2006, became a Rhodes Scholar, earned a doctorate from Oxford University, and completed a medical degree at Columbia University. El-Sayed encouraged PBK inductees to use their knowledge and opportunities to improve the lives of others. He described his own trajectory from medical doctor, to public health commissioner, to aspiring politician to show how he deliberately altered his career path to better help people in dire need.

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