NEW YORK ASSOCIATION
PBKNY Stands With Our Community. Hate Has No Home Here.
March 19, 2021
In the wake of the tragic murders in Atlanta that took the lives of 8 innocent Americans, including 6 Asian Americans, we mourn these insurmountable losses and acknowledge the pain, fear, and suffering many in our community are feeling.
We stand united with members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community, and all those who experience prejudice, hate crimes, terror, and threats.
We must recognize that hate crimes, especially against Asian Americans, have been rising since the start of the pandemic and that this is not an isolated incident.
As a community and as Americans, we must condemn bigotry and racist attacks, and ensure we prioritize the safety and welfare of Asian Americans and all who are targeted with bias, intimidation, and hate.
In the spirit of keeping open communication with our members, on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:00PM EDT, we will host PBKNY Discussion: How Can We Recognize and Combat Racism? You can register for this upcoming event here.
Recommended Reading and Resources:
EXPLAINER: Why Georgia attack spurs fears in Asian Americans
A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19
COVID-19 and Advancing Asian American Recovery
ACLS Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Violence (Signed by The Phi Beta Kappa Society)
Asian Mental Health Collective
Stop AAPI Hate
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
AAPI Women Lead
Asian American Legal Defense Fund
Members of The Board of Directors, Phi Beta Kappa New York Association
Meets monthly (currently on Zoom)
This month, we will be reading "Swann's Way," our classics pick
As the next event in our Community Discussion series, join us on Thursday, April 22nd at 7pm EDT.
PBKNY Discussion: How Can We Recognize and Combat Racism - RSVP Here
Congratulations to the new Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications, Lexi Eisert, and the new Vice Chair of Events, David Zarowin!
Join us on Wednesday, May 12 at 7pm EDT for a "Meet the Board" event with all the YP Vice Chairs of the Committee. RSVP Here
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
On January 7, 2021, Members of The Board of Directors of The Phi Beta Kappa New York Association released a statement regarding the political violence in Washington, D.C. Please see the attached statement to the left.
National Office News
Summer 2020: Virtual Events and Activities
As the entire world adjusts to the new normal brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Phi Beta Kappa chapters and associations have risen to the occasion. After many chapters held virtual inductions for the Class of 2020, associations across the country have hosted book clubs, happy hours, trivia game, movie screenings, and lectures, all via Zoom. Our members have clearly figured out how to remain connected while staying at home!
Back in Washington, DC, the National Office has been hard at work supporting our members and advocating for the arts, humanities, and higher education. Our National Arts and Sciences Initiative inducted its inaugural class of Key Into Public Service Scholars with a two-day virtual convening. The scholars met with industry leaders and experts to learn about the value of graduate school, how to enter the foreign service, and how to communicate the value of their degrees to employers.
Finally, we listened to member requests and highlighted 28 fantastic books by Black authors in our 2020 Summer Reading List. With books spanning centuries and continents, we hoped to capture just a fraction of the incredible contributions that Black authors have made to the literary canon. We’re certain every member can find something of interest on the list.