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Phi Beta Kappa - Gamma DC Celebrates HU@150

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Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel

Washington, DC 20059

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On the occasion of the Howard University sesquicentennial, Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will give a keynote address on Wednesday, April 19, at 3:00 pm on the main campus at the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at 6th Street NW and Howard Place. A reception will follow in the Founders Library Pictorial Museum. The Gamma of the District of Columbia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Howard University is delighted to organize this event as one of many taking place during the year-long celebration. The program is free and open to the public.

Lawrence was appointed Secretary and CEO in 2016. He has spent much of his career at institutions committed to providing students with a solid foundation in the arts and sciences. His body of work also reflects a lifetime of advocating for the arts and sciences, civil liberties and human rights, both nationally and internationally. Lawrence served as President and Professor of Politics at Brandeis University (2010 to 2015). Lawrence previously served as Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School and on the faculty of the Boston University School of Law, where he received Boston University’s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has written extensively, lectured internationally, and testified before Congress on bias crimes and freedom of expression. He is the author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law, published by Harvard University Press. He is a Phi Beta Kappa member inducted at Williams College and a Yale Law school graduate.

Phi Beta Kappa Gamma of the District of Columbia Chapter at Howard University, was formally installed on April 8, 1953. A public meeting was held in Andrew Rankin Chapel, where Dr. Ralph Bunche, a former professor of Political Science at Howard and at that time a United Nations official, gave a speech indicating that the chapter was installed at a critical period in American higher education. Free speech was under attack during the beginning of the cold war; it was still suffering from the McCarthy backlash and communist witch hunts. On the other hand, segregation was also under attack. One year after this chapter’s installation, Brown vs. the Board of Education was decided. In the ensuing years, nearly 2,000 students have been elected to membership. They serve in public school systems and universities, in hospitals, and in Congress.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States.

For more information on Gamma of DC, visit http://coas.howard.edu/phibetakappa/

For more information on Howard University visit www2.howard.edu

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