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Key Conversations with Phi Beta Kappa is a podcast from The Phi Beta Kappa Society's Visiting Scholars program, featuring leading scholars across multiple disciplines in conversation with Fred Lawrence, PBK's Secretary and CEO.

Latest Episodes

Math Professor Ken Ono Is Connecting Swimming, Ramanujan, and Hollywood

He got a call to consult on the Hollywood film The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel. The director was so impressed with his knowledge of the life and work of Indian math prodigy Ramanujan that he invited him on set. By the time the credits rolled, he was an associate producer on the movie. But Ono’s own life would make a fascinating big-screen story: a high school dropout pushes away from an intellectually gifted family and his father’s academic legacy, only to be given a chance at college and advanced studies in the very field he avoided for so long.

23 MIN4 d ago
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Math Professor Ken Ono Is Connecting Swimming, Ramanujan, and Hollywood

Dan Simon on the Intersection of Law and Psychology

While writing his dissertation, Dan Simon began to wonder how judges make decisions not from a legal, sociological, or economic perspective but rather from a psychological one. Today, the USC law professor has built a career investigating how factors of the mind—such as memory, false confessions, and the framing of interviews—influence rulings in the criminal justice system.

25 MINAPR 24
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Dan Simon on the Intersection of Law and Psychology

Middle East Scholar Jamsheed Choksy Retraces the Roots of the Western Belief in Good and Evil

Much of Western culture and religious beliefs are grounded in a bifurcated notion of an epic power struggle between dueling forces, often defined as “good” and “evil.” This underlying premise influences how we parent, how we practice faith, how we choose vocations, and how we vote. In this episode Jamsheed Choksy, chair of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, provides surprising historical context for how the West’s construction of these binary elements evolved—from Islam.

26 MINMAR 27
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Middle East Scholar Jamsheed Choksy Retraces the Roots of the Western Belief in Good and Evil

Laura Brown Traces Our Love of Animals Through Literature

Professor Laura Brown’s endeavors as a literature reader and critical writer have provided a window into humans’ relationships with various species throughout history. She reveals to host Fred Lawrence what alterity, monkeys, feminist portrayal, and imperialism have to do with each other and what she considers to be the status of the humanities in academia.

24 MINFEB 28
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Laura Brown Traces Our Love of Animals Through Literature

Alfred Spector: Envisioning the Synergies between the Liberal Arts and Computer Science

In this episode, Dr. Alfred Spector offers an optimistic take on the evolving relationship between the liberal arts and computer science. Reflecting on his career experiences in creating a company, working for Google and IBM, and now diving into economic modeling, Spector provides a fascinating account of the evolution of computer science both inside and beyond the academy.

28 MINJAN 31
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Alfred Spector: Envisioning the Synergies between the Liberal Arts and Computer Science

2019 Book Awards Dinner Keynote Roundtable

The Phi Beta Kappa book awards are given annually to three outstanding scholarly books published in the United States. 2019’s winners are Imani Perry for Looking for Lorraine: the Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry; Adam Frank, for Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth; and Sarah Igo for The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. They revealed their thinking behind the works we celebrated and shared stories of unmatched discovery, spoke of love beyond adversity, and fueled our collective imagination with examples of unbound human curiosity.

36 MINJAN 3
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2019 Book Awards Dinner Keynote Roundtable

Why Dr. Dava Newman Will Be Among the People to Get Humans to Mars

Dava Newman has spent her career figuring out how to get humans to space, and helping them not only to survive there, but also to thrive. She is the Apollo Program Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and the former NASA Deputy Administrator. Her multidisciplinary work combines aerospace biomedical engineering, control modeling, biomechanics, and human interface technology, and she is a leader in advanced spacesuit design. In this episode, she talks about her journey from her childhood in Montana to college at Notre Dame to her research at MIT to leading role at NASA, in addition to how close she thinks we are to getting humans to land on Mars.

27 MIN2019 NOV 29
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Why Dr. Dava Newman Will Be Among the People to Get Humans to Mars

Two Philosophers Ponder What It Means to Act Together

Philosophers Michael E. Bratman, from Stanford University, and Margaret P. Gilbert, from UC Irvine, are this year’s recipients of the Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution, presented by the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the American Philosophical Association. In their respective work, each has expanded on the question of “What is it to act together?” based on sometimes divergent philosophical underpinnings of how two or more individuals interact in a collaborative effort.

30 MIN2019 NOV 1
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Two Philosophers Ponder What It Means to Act Together

Celebrated Author Edwidge Danticat Retraces the Arc of Her Literary Genius

While promoting her new book, an accomplished short story collection called Everything Inside, the PBK member and noted writer talks about her formative experiences, like imagining herself not as Madeline but the classic’s author, and writing for a high school paper in New York City a mere year after immigrating to the US from Haiti. She opens up about “borrowed memories” in her life and her work, about the role of death and ritual in healing, and the continuity of purpose in her writing

29 MIN2019 OCT 4
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Celebrated Author Edwidge Danticat Retraces the Arc of Her Literary Genius

How Neuroscientist Susan Birren Is Mapping New Pathways from the Brain

The human brain has 100 billion cells, and there’s still so much to discover about it. Brandeis University neuroscientist Susan Birren has dedicated her distinguished career to decoding the mysteries of how the brain functions and how it communicates with the rest of the body. In this episode, she talks to Phi Beta Kappa Secretary and CEO Fred Lawrence about the challenges and triumphs of such a singular pursuit.

23 MIN2019 AUG 30
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How Neuroscientist Susan Birren Is Mapping New Pathways from the Brain

Latest Episodes

Math Professor Ken Ono Is Connecting Swimming, Ramanujan, and Hollywood

He got a call to consult on the Hollywood film The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel. The director was so impressed with his knowledge of the life and work of Indian math prodigy Ramanujan that he invited him on set. By the time the credits rolled, he was an associate producer on the movie. But Ono’s own life would make a fascinating big-screen story: a high school dropout pushes away from an intellectually gifted family and his father’s academic legacy, only to be given a chance at college and advanced studies in the very field he avoided for so long.

23 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Math Professor Ken Ono Is Connecting Swimming, Ramanujan, and Hollywood

Dan Simon on the Intersection of Law and Psychology

While writing his dissertation, Dan Simon began to wonder how judges make decisions not from a legal, sociological, or economic perspective but rather from a psychological one. Today, the USC law professor has built a career investigating how factors of the mind—such as memory, false confessions, and the framing of interviews—influence rulings in the criminal justice system.

25 MINAPR 24
Comments
Dan Simon on the Intersection of Law and Psychology

Middle East Scholar Jamsheed Choksy Retraces the Roots of the Western Belief in Good and Evil

Much of Western culture and religious beliefs are grounded in a bifurcated notion of an epic power struggle between dueling forces, often defined as “good” and “evil.” This underlying premise influences how we parent, how we practice faith, how we choose vocations, and how we vote. In this episode Jamsheed Choksy, chair of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, provides surprising historical context for how the West’s construction of these binary elements evolved—from Islam.

26 MINMAR 27
Comments
Middle East Scholar Jamsheed Choksy Retraces the Roots of the Western Belief in Good and Evil

Laura Brown Traces Our Love of Animals Through Literature

Professor Laura Brown’s endeavors as a literature reader and critical writer have provided a window into humans’ relationships with various species throughout history. She reveals to host Fred Lawrence what alterity, monkeys, feminist portrayal, and imperialism have to do with each other and what she considers to be the status of the humanities in academia.

24 MINFEB 28
Comments
Laura Brown Traces Our Love of Animals Through Literature

Alfred Spector: Envisioning the Synergies between the Liberal Arts and Computer Science

In this episode, Dr. Alfred Spector offers an optimistic take on the evolving relationship between the liberal arts and computer science. Reflecting on his career experiences in creating a company, working for Google and IBM, and now diving into economic modeling, Spector provides a fascinating account of the evolution of computer science both inside and beyond the academy.

28 MINJAN 31
Comments
Alfred Spector: Envisioning the Synergies between the Liberal Arts and Computer Science

2019 Book Awards Dinner Keynote Roundtable

The Phi Beta Kappa book awards are given annually to three outstanding scholarly books published in the United States. 2019’s winners are Imani Perry for Looking for Lorraine: the Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry; Adam Frank, for Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth; and Sarah Igo for The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. They revealed their thinking behind the works we celebrated and shared stories of unmatched discovery, spoke of love beyond adversity, and fueled our collective imagination with examples of unbound human curiosity.

36 MINJAN 3
Comments
2019 Book Awards Dinner Keynote Roundtable

Why Dr. Dava Newman Will Be Among the People to Get Humans to Mars

Dava Newman has spent her career figuring out how to get humans to space, and helping them not only to survive there, but also to thrive. She is the Apollo Program Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and the former NASA Deputy Administrator. Her multidisciplinary work combines aerospace biomedical engineering, control modeling, biomechanics, and human interface technology, and she is a leader in advanced spacesuit design. In this episode, she talks about her journey from her childhood in Montana to college at Notre Dame to her research at MIT to leading role at NASA, in addition to how close she thinks we are to getting humans to land on Mars.

27 MIN2019 NOV 29
Comments
Why Dr. Dava Newman Will Be Among the People to Get Humans to Mars

Two Philosophers Ponder What It Means to Act Together

Philosophers Michael E. Bratman, from Stanford University, and Margaret P. Gilbert, from UC Irvine, are this year’s recipients of the Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution, presented by the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the American Philosophical Association. In their respective work, each has expanded on the question of “What is it to act together?” based on sometimes divergent philosophical underpinnings of how two or more individuals interact in a collaborative effort.

30 MIN2019 NOV 1
Comments
Two Philosophers Ponder What It Means to Act Together

Celebrated Author Edwidge Danticat Retraces the Arc of Her Literary Genius

While promoting her new book, an accomplished short story collection called Everything Inside, the PBK member and noted writer talks about her formative experiences, like imagining herself not as Madeline but the classic’s author, and writing for a high school paper in New York City a mere year after immigrating to the US from Haiti. She opens up about “borrowed memories” in her life and her work, about the role of death and ritual in healing, and the continuity of purpose in her writing

29 MIN2019 OCT 4
Comments
Celebrated Author Edwidge Danticat Retraces the Arc of Her Literary Genius

How Neuroscientist Susan Birren Is Mapping New Pathways from the Brain

The human brain has 100 billion cells, and there’s still so much to discover about it. Brandeis University neuroscientist Susan Birren has dedicated her distinguished career to decoding the mysteries of how the brain functions and how it communicates with the rest of the body. In this episode, she talks to Phi Beta Kappa Secretary and CEO Fred Lawrence about the challenges and triumphs of such a singular pursuit.

23 MIN2019 AUG 30
Comments
How Neuroscientist Susan Birren Is Mapping New Pathways from the Brain
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