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PBK Annual Founders' Day Event

The Alpha of Oklahoma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will host its annual Founders' Day event on Wednesday, December 4 at 4:30 pm in the Regents' Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Dr. Kimberly Gail Wieser will give a talk with discussion and signing to follow. The title of the talk is "Indigenous Representations from the Page to the Screen."

Dr. Wieser is the author of Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and Literacies in American Indian Studies published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2017. Her poetry collection Texas . . . to Get Horses is forthcoming from That Painted Horse Press in 2018. She has written and published individual poems, academic articles,short stories, book reviews, and reference entries. She is a playwright, screenwriter, and actress, with two of her most recent roles being on AMC’s The Son and in the independent film Thistle Creek.

We hope to see you Wednesday, December 4 to help us celebrate the founding of Phi Beta Kappa.  Light refreshments will be served.

Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Oklahoma Chapter

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest scholastic honor society, was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary. Since then, Phi Beta Kappa has evolved to become the nation's leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level.

The chapter at the University of Oklahoma, Alpha of Oklahoma, was chartered in 1920.

The Society's emblem, a golden key, is widely recognized as a symbol of academic achievement. It has been virtually unchanged since it was adopted at the first meeting in 1776. The Greek letters ΦΒΚ are the initials of a Greek motto, which transliterates as Philosophia Biou Kubernêtês and means "Love of wisdom, the guide of life." The pointing finger symbolizes the ambition of young scholars, and the three stars represent the three distinguishing principles of the Society: friendship, morality, and literature (learning).