The Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest of the learned societies in the United States, was founded in 1776. It is recognized world-wide as the most prestigious liberal-arts honor society. After over 220 years nationally and over one hundred years at Ohio Wesleyan (Ohio Wesleyan’s Chapter was established in 1907), Phi Beta Kappa continues to preserve and promote the liberally educated person as a cultural ideal. The honor society’s principles of scholarship, friendship, and morality serve as the mainstays of educational institutions such as Ohio Wesleyan.

Students elected to membership demonstrate the diverse elements of the spirit of learning: spontaneity, patience, soundness, and depth; and the quest of scholarship for the development of individual personality and service to humankind.

“Phi Beta Kappa stands for freedom of inquiry and expression, disciplinary rigor, breadth of intellectual perspective, the cultivation of skills of deliberation and ethical reflection, the pursuit of wisdom, and the application of the fruits of scholarship and research in practical life. We champion these values in the confidence that a world influenced by them will be a more just and peaceful world”  – John Churchill, Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Society

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Visiting Scholar Announcement

Laura Wexler, from Yale University, will speak on November 9, 2017 from 7-8 p.m. in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library.

The title of her speech is “Frederick Douglass: On Photography” and the event is open to the public.

About the Speech

In the 1860s, Frederick Douglass gave several public lectures about the importance of the then-new invention of photography. In “Pictures and Progress” he shared his vision of the role he hoped photography would play in fostering a more democratic society after the Civil War. Along with Sojourner Truth, Douglass thus became one of the first American theorists of the medium. This lecture engages with his critical thought in the context of his time, and ours, with clear relevance to issues surrounding African-American control of representation and the Black Lives Matter movement.


Read more about Laura Wexler

Contact Info


Lynette Carpenter
English Department
Sturges #311
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3587
E llcarpen@owu.edu