Speakers | Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony
MIT chapter, Xi of Massachusetts

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Arthur Bahr | 2023

Associate Professor of Literature


“Reading by Hand: Mens, Manus, and the Medieval Manuscript" 
Arthur Bahr
MIT Literature

Story: 2023 PBK ceremony


Elizabeth Wood2022

Professor of History


“Love of wisdom is the helmsman of life.”
Elizabeth Wood
MIT History

Story: 2022 PBK Ceremony


Hazel Sive2019

Professor of Biology
MacVicar Faculty Fellow


"Belonging and Community"
Hazel Sive | Webpage
MIT Biology Webpage


Allan Adams2018

Principle investigator of the MIT Future Oceans Lab


"On the Value of Invisible Things"
Allan Adams | Webpage
Oceans Lab at MIT Webpage


Malick Ghachem2017

Associate Professor, History


"The University, the Constitution, and the Ends of Academic Excellence"
Malick Ghachem | Webpage
MIT History Webpage

3Q: How history can help us solve today's issues


Diana Henderson2016

Professor of Literature,
MacVicar Faculty Fellow
"To Be and Not To Be: Working with Shakespeare at 400"
Diana Henderson | Webpage
MIT Literature Webpage


John Belcher 2015

Professor of Physics,
Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow
"Voyager in the Interstellar Medium:
What Are We Seeing Out There?"

John Belcher | Webpage
MIT Physics Webpage


Emma Teng 2014

T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations,
Head, Women's and Gender Studies Program,
Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, History and Global Studies and Languages
"Crossing Boundaries:
The Hidden Histories of Transnational and Mixed Families in the US, China and Hong Kong, 1842-1943"

Emma Teng | Webpage
Global Studies and Languages
History Webpage


David Kaiser 2013

Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science,
Department Head, MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society,
Senior Lecturer, MIT Department of Physics
"Quantum Jitters on the Sky: Why the Universe is Lumpy"
David Kaiser | Webpage
Program in Science, Technology, and Society Webpage


Rebecca Saxe 2012

Associate Professor of Cognitive Sciences
MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
“How We Read Each Other’s Minds”
Rebecca Saxe | Webpage
Brain and Congitive Sciences Webpage


David Jones | 2011

Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine
Harvard University
Making Decisions, in Medicine and in Life"
Harvard Global Health and Social Medicine
Department of the History of Science, Harvard University


Anne McCants 2010

Professor of History, MIT History
Director, MIT Concourse Program

"Cloth, Cloister, Cathedral: a Medieval Puzzle"
Anne McCants | Webpage
MIT Concourse Webpage


Charles Stewart III 2009

Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science,
MIT Department of Political Science 
"Stalking the Pregnant Chad:
What I Learned on the Way to Fixing Elections"

Charles Stewart III | Webpage
Political Science Webpage


Pardis Sabeti 2008

Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
MIT Alum ‘97, Rhodes Scholar
"Evolution: Exploring New Territory While Preserving Fundamentals"
Pardis Sabeti | Webpage


Rebecca Blevins Faery 2007

(July 27, 1940 - May 29, 2017)


Former Director, MIT First-Year Writing Program
"Writing Our Lives"


William Porter 2006

Leventhal Professor of Architecture Emeritus
MIT Department of Architecture
"Symmetrical Ramblings"
MIT School of Architecture and Planning



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