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Past Event Highlights


Jeptha Creed Distillery

October 7, 2023

Reaching out to our members who live nearer Frankfort and Lexington, we invited Phi Betes to the Jeptha Creed distillery in Shelbyville. Jeptha Creed was hosting its first Fall Harvest Festival, featuring live music, craft vendors, food, and of course drinks! We met recent inductees as well as long-time members. All seemed to enjoy the event.

Geologist Kate Bulinski

May 9, 2023

At our annual Scholastic Awards event, Dr. Kate Bulinkski presented a lecture on climate change, explaining how geologists are able to compare our present era to periods of global warming in the past. Dr. Bulinski is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Bellarmine University. In her teaching, she involves students in hands-on explorations of the paleoecology of the Falls of the Ohio area. Her academic interests include invertebrate paleontology, paleoecology, geoscience education, and the dialogue between science and faith. She has guest-blogged for the Vatican Observatory on the subject of science and faith in the classroom.

Mayor Craig Greenberg

March 21, 2023


At an event jointly sponsored by PBK of Kentuckiana and the local University of Michigan Alumni Association, Mayor Craig Greenberg (Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan 1995) answered questions about his plans for Louisville and shared how his background in the liberal arts got him to where he is today. The event was held at Patrick O'Shea's in downtown Louisville.


Artist Tiffany Carbonneau

May 6, 2021


At the event where we honored our 2021 Scholastic Award winners, we were treated to a presentation from Tiffany Carbonneau, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Southeast. Carbonneau creates what she calls “layered visual narratives”: videos projected on to large surfaces, often outdoors, that reflect the material histories of the places where her work is exhibited. These places include sites in our region (Churchill Downs and the Muhammad Ali International Airport among them) and throughout the United States. They also include international exhibitions in Lodz, Poland; Hamburg, Germany; Cape Town, South Africa; and Toronto, Canada. Carbonneau founded the Digital Art area at IUS. 

Congressman John Yarmuth

April 22, 2021

John Yarmuth--at the time a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky’s Third District--delivered the annual University of Louisville annual Phi Beta Kappa Lecture. Titled "From A+ To F: How The Liberal Arts Led Me to Congress (and Also Changed the World)," Congressman Yarmuth's lecture addressed how a liberal arts education prepared him for his career in Congress. Then in his eighth term, Yarmuth had served as Chairman of the House Budget Committee since 2019. He was recognized during his career for his work to improve education, expand access to affordable health care, and revitalize manufacturing in Louisville.


Banking Executive Nikki Lanier

February 25, 2021


Drawing on her experiences as Senior Vice President and Regional Executive of the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Nikki Lanier answered questions about the general operations of her organization. She also discussed the specific initiatives she has led to address systemic racism and the underdevelopment of parts of Louisville.

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