Upcoming Programs

The Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana is in summer-break mode. We will announce a full slate of events in time for the fall.


PAST EVENTS

PBK AWARDS EVENT

ARTIST TIFFANY CARBONNEAU

Date:            May 6, 2021

In addition to honoring our 2021 award winners, we were treated to a presentation from Tiffany Carbonneau, Associate Professor of Fine Arts with a concentration on Digital Art at Indiana University Southeast. Carbonneau creates what she calls “layered visual narratives”: videos projected on to large surfaces, often outdoors, that reflect the material histories of the places where her work is exhibited. These places include sites in our region (Churchill Downs and the Muhammad Ali International Airport among them) and throughout the United States. They also include international exhibitions in Lodz, Poland; Hamburg, Germany; Cape Town, South Africa; and Toronto, Canada. Carbonneau founded the Digital Art area at IUS. Her students use new technologies to create experimental films and videos, animations, web-based exhibits, and works in other media.

 


PBK SPRING LECTURE

CONGRESSMAN JOHN YARMUTH, “FROM A+ TO F: HOW THE LIBERAL ARTS LED ME TO CONGRESS (AND ALSO CHANGED THE WORLD)”

Date:            April 22, 2021

John Yarmuth, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky’s Third District, delivered the annual University of Louisville Annual Phi Beta Kappa Lecture. He discussed how a liberal arts education prepared him for his career in Congress. Now in his eighth term, Yarmuth has served as Chairman of the House Budget Committee since 2019. He has been recognized for his work to improve education, expand access to affordable health care, and revitalize manufacturing in Louisville.

Event replay:     A recording of this event is available via YouTube.

 


PBK SPECIAL EVENT

NIKKI LANIER, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, LOUISVILLE BRANCH OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST. LOUIS

Date:            February 25, 2021

Drawing on her experiences as Senior Vice President and Regional Executive of the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Nikki Lanier answered questions about the general operations of her organization. She also discussed the specific initiatives she has led to address systemic racism and the underdevelopment of parts of Louisville.

 


PBK BOOK DISCUSSION

MY BELOVED WORLD BY U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR

Date:            January 14, 2021

The January meeting featured a book discussion of My Beloved World, the memoir of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Growing up in the Bronx the daughter of parents who had immigrated from Puerto Rico, Justice Sotomayor earned a full scholarship to Princeton, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1976. One reviewer says “Sotomayor turns out to be a writer of depth and literary flair, a surprise to readers of her judicial prose.” Justice Sotomayor’s biography serves as our Book Award this year. Our discussion was moderated by Dr. Jeremy Wells, Associate Professor of English at Indiana University Southeast.

 


PBK SPECIAL EVENT

AN EVENING OF HARPSICHORD MUSIC BY DR. JACK ASHWORTH

Date:            December 3, 2020

Our December program featured harpsichord music performed and discussed by Dr. Jack Ashworth, Professor Emeritus of Music History at the University of Louisville, where he directed the Early Music Ensemble from 1977 until his retirement in 2013. A two-term President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, Dr. Ashworth is also an award-winning teacher and co-author of the continuo manual Running the Numbers, now in its second edition. He holds degrees from Stanford University and Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA (Washington Beta of PBK). He plays old-time fiddle in the Buzzard Rock String Band.

This program began with a toast in honor of the 244th anniversary of the founding of Phi Beta Kappa in 1776 by students at The College of William and Mary. 

 


PBK author forum

“FROM THE HILLS TO CITY HALL” FEATURING CASSIE CHAMBERS ARMSTRONG

Date:            October 15, 2020

Cassie Chambers Armstrong–author of Hill Women and Councilperson-Elect for Louisville’s Metro Council District 8–told the story of growing up in Owlsey County, Kentucky, being raised by her grandmother and aunt with “hill women values,” then graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and Harvard Law School, where she served as president of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. She has provided legal work with survivors of domestic violence, helping to pass Jeanette’s Law in 2018, which eliminated the requirement that domestic violence survivors pay an incarcerated spouse’s legal fees in order to get a divorce. Armstrong’s book may be purchased at Carmichaels

 


PBK FALL LECTURE

“CAN THE CONSTITUTION SURVIVE THE PANDEMICS OF 2020?”

Date:            September 15, 2020

Phi Beta Kappa of Kentuckiana was pleased to host a panel discussion addressing a key question of our time: can the U.S. Constitution survive the pandemics (note the plural) that currently face us? The panel featured three speakers, all of them professors who teach Constitutional Law at the University of Louisville. They are Dr. Jasmine Farrier, Professor of Political Science and Vice-President for University Advancement; Samuel A. Marcosson, Professor of Law, Brandeis School of Law; and Cedric Merlin Powell, Wyatt Tarrant and Combs Professor of Law, Brandeis School of Law. Our moderator was the Honorable Fred Cowan, former Kentucky Attorney General and current Kentucky Circuit Judge of the 30th judicial district in Louisville.

Event replay:     A recording of this event is available via YouTube.

 


PBK Key connections EVENT

INTRODUCTION TO THE WATERFRONT BOTANICAL GARDENS

Event Date:            October 15, 2019

During a presentation led by Kasey Maier, President of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, guests learned how the was once an abandoned landfill, how the Education Center was the first building built, and how a Japanese garden will be the next feature. In addition they were taught about several of the plants being grown at the Gardens, which had opened only a few days earlier.

 


PBK Key connections EVENT

APOCALYPSE BREW WORKS

Event Date:            September 6, 2019

Leah Dienes–owner and brewer of Apocalypse Brew Works as well as judge of national beer competitions–led a tour of the facility. A tour . . . and a tasting!

 


PBK AWARDS LUNCHEON

DR. FRED LAWRENCE, “PHI BETA KAPPA’S MISSION IN THE 21ST CENTURY” 

Event Date:            May 8, 2019

Dr. Fred Lawrence, Secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, was the guest speaker at our annual event recognizing our award-winning students from local universities. He spoke about the importance of the humanities and sciences and the roles Phi Beta Kappa can play in strengthening them.

 


PBK SPRING LECTURE

DR. NEELI BENDAPUDI, “THE LIBERAL ARTS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY”

Event Date:            March 5, 2019

Eleven months into her tenure as President of the University of Louisville, Dr. Neeli Bendapudi explained why she believes “a strong liberal arts education is the best preparation for addressing the challenges of globalization.”

Event replay:     A recording of this event is available via YouTube. A transcript of Dr. Bendapundi’s lecture is available here.

 


PBK FALL LECTURE

DR. JOHN R. HALE, “THE TIME MACHINE AT ANTIKYTHERA”

Event Date:            October 25, 2018

Dr. Hale explained how the world’s oldest analog computer was discovered on an ancient Greek shipwreck. Dr. Hale is the Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville and an archaeologist with more than 30 years of fieldwork experience. He has excavated at a Romano-British town in Lincolnshire, England, and at the Roman Villa of Torre de Palma in Portugal. He is the author of Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy.

 


PBK KEY CONNECTIONS EVENT

TASTE HISTORY AT THE OLD FORESTER DISTILLERY

Event Date:            September 7, 2018

Members were treated to a tour of the distillery on Louisville’s Whisky Row, which ended with a tasting. One member got to push the button that charred a new oak barrel–one of the essential characteristics of bourbon!

 


PBK AWARDS LUNCHEON

DR. JACK ASHWORTH, “COUNTRY ROADS: AN APPALACHIAN MUSICAL JOURNEY” 

Event Date:            May 9, 2018

Dr. Jack Ashworth, Professor of Music at the University of Louisville, was the guest speaker at our annual event recognizing our award-winning students from local universities. He shared his experiences taking students to places in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee where they learned about traditional Appalachian music.

 


PBK AUTHOR PORUM

DR. MARTIN BRUCKNER, “THE SOCIAL LIFE OF MAPS IN AMERICA, 1750-1860”

Event Date:            April 12, 2018

Dr. Martin Brückner (Professor of English, University of Delaware) told the story of how maps became so pervasive in American culture, lecturing from his recently published book, The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Event co-sponsored by the Filson Historical Society.

 


PBK SPRING LECTURE

HONORABLE MATTHEW W. BARZUN, “OUR SEPARATE WORLDS: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? (HINT: MORE HUMANITIES)”

Event Date:            February 6, 2018

Former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden and to the United Kingdom, Matthew Barzun discussed the importance of the Humanities in relation to what he perceived to be young people’s biggest fear–social division–as well as foremost source of hope–social diversity. Event co-sponsored by the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences. An interview with Barzun about the event is available via WFPL and Soundcloud.

 


PBK FALL LECTURE

MAYOR JERRY ABRAMSON, “FROM LOUISVILLE TO THE WHITE HOUSE”

Event Date:            February 25, 2017

Former Mayor of Louisville Jerry Abramson told the story of his journey from local office to Frankfort (where he served as Lieutenant Governor from 2011-2014) to the White House (where he served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs from 2014-2017). Mayor Abramson also discussed the importance of his background in the Humanities to his career. Co-sponsored by the Louisville Free Public Library.

 


PBK KEY CONNECTIONS EVENT

EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE

Event Date:            September 8, 2017

 


PBK AWARDS LUNCHEON

DR. VICTOR WAINGEH, “A DOSE OF HERBAL MEDICINE”

Event Date:            May 10, 2017

Dr. Victor Waingeh, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University Southeast, was the guest speaker at our annual event recognizing our award-winning students from local universities. He discussed his research into the forms of medicine practiced in his native Cameroon and what industrial medicine can both learn from and contribute to more traditional practices.

 


PBK key connections event

GUIDED TOUR OF THE SPEED MUSEUM

Event Date:            February 25, 2017

Guests were treated to a tour of the newly renovated Speed Museum.

 


PBK FALL LECTURE

DR. JAMES SHAPIRO, “SHAKESPEARE IN AMERICA”

Event Date:            November 17, 2016

Dr. James Shapiro, Professor of English at Columbia University and author/editor of two books about the influence of William Shakespeare on American culture, lectured about the ways Americans have “turned to Shakespeare, time and again, to engage the issues that have defined and divided us as a nation.”

 


PBK SPECIAL EVENT

PROFESSOR CHRIS GRAINEY, “YOU WOULD NOT HAVE STOOD WITH GALILEO”

Event Date:            September 21, 2016

Professor Grainey (Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Jefferson Community and Technical College) discussed how Galileo was opposed not just religious authorities but also by fellow scientists during his day. Co-sponsored by the Louisville Free Public Library.

 


PBK AWARDS LUNCHEON

DR. DEBORAH FINKEL, “REVIVING THE LOUISVILLE TWIN STUDY”

Event Date:            May 11, 2016

Dr. Deborah Finkel, Professor of Psychology at Indiana University Southeast, was the guest speaker at our annual event recognizing our award-winning students from local universities. She discussed the work she has done as part of the Louisville Twin Study, “nationally recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive studies of child development related to multiple birth status.”

 


PBK SPECIAL EVENT

REV. DR. GEORGE KILCOURSE, “MERTON AND CIVIL RIGHTS”

Event Date:            March 29, 2016

Bellarmine University hosted the Thomas Merton Centennial in 2015, a year-long series of events honoring the theologian, who made his career as a writer, activist, and monk at nearby Our Lady of Gethemani Abbey. Father George Kilcourse, who directed the Centennial, shared some of the ideas and information published here in the Louisville Courier-Journal.  

 


PBK FALL LECTURE

DR. LYLE ROELOFS, “LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION: THINK LIKE YOU MEAN IT”

Event Date:            November 12, 2015

President of Berea College, Dr. Kyle Roelofs advocated for liberal arts colleges and the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities in general: “By sharing the basic elements of reasoning, intellectual history, cultural competency, communication and various literacies, liberal arts institutions prepare their students for the more flexible and nimble adaptations that modern society currently demands.’ Co-sponsored by the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences and the university’s Office of the President.

 


PBK SPECIAL EVENT

DR. KEITH MOUNTAIN, “DYNAMIC EARTH”

Event Date:            October 15, 2015

 


PBK AWARDS LUNCHEON

DR. TRACY K’MEYER, “FROM BROWN TO MEREDITH: THE LONG STRUGGLE FOR SCHOOL DESEGREGATION IN LOUISVILLE, KY 1954-2007”

Event Date:            May 6, 2015

Dr. Tracey K’Meyer, Professor of History at the University of Louisville, was the guest speaker at our annual event recognizing our award-winning students from local universities. She shared some of the insights of her book From Brown to Meredith (U. of North Carolina Press, 2016). Focusing on Louisville’s history of desegregation, the book uses “oral history narratives, newspaper accounts, and other documents” to expose “the disappointments of desegregation, draws attention to those who struggled for over five decades to bring about equality and diversity, and highlights the many benefits of school integration.”

 


PBK SPRING LECTURE

FORMER U.S. CONGRESSMAN ROMANO MAZZOLI, “POLITICS À LA CARTE: A SURVEY OF ISSUES LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL”

Event Date:            March 11, 2015