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Celebrating a Century

posted November 4, 1998

December marks the 100th anniversary of Phi Beta Kappa at Berkeley. Since its inauguration in 1898, more than 9,000 students have been initated into the chapter.

In celebration, the campus chapter will present a Centennial Lecture by Derek Bok, former president of Harvard University, Thursday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Lipman Room, 8th floor of Barrows Hall.

Bok and William Bowen have just published "The Shape of the River" (1998, Princeton University Press), a study of 60,000 students of various races who were admitted by selected colleges in the 1970s and 1980s under affirmative action policies.

His Centennial Lecture, "What Affirmative Action Can Teach Universities About How to Improve in the Next Century," will cover the ways we respond to the institutional changes a changing student body brings, and how to try to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the new century.

Former Chancellor and UC President Clark Kerr will introduce Bok.

"The Berkeley chapter was the first Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the state of California," said Mary Kay Duggan, associate professor of music and president of the Phi Beta Kappa Council.

In addition to the November lecture, a banquet is being planned for December, and a centennial publication is being prepared. To keep up to date on centennial plans, check the chapter web site at


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