Phi Kappa Phi Forum is the multidisciplinary quarterly magazine of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Each issue of the award-winning journal reaches more than 100,000 active members as well as government officials, scholars, educators, university administrators, public and private libraries, leaders of charitable and learned organizations, corporate executives and many other types of subscribers.
It serves as the flagship publication of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, with chapters at more than 300 college campuses across the country. Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and upwards of one million members spanning the academic disciplines have been initiated since the Society's inception. Notable alumni include former President Jimmy Carter, former NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writer John Grisham, YouTube co-founder and former CEO Chad Hurley and poet Rita Dove. The first incarnation of what's now called Phi Kappa Phi Forum began publishing in 1915.
The spring, summer and fall issues (mailed late February, late May and late August, respectively) feature a variety of timely, relevant articles that offer variations on an overall theme from influential scholars, educators, writers and other authorities, oftentimes active Phi Kappa Phi members.
Notable politicians to have contributed pieces include Ronald Reagan, fortieth President of the United States; Bob Dole, former U.S. Senator for Kansas; Edward Kennedy, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts; Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts; and Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neal and Newt Gingrich.
Civil rights trailblazers Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., and Myrlie Evers-Williams have weighed in. So have legal experts Warren E. Burger, the fifteenth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Alan M. Dershowitz, the lawyer, professor and writer. Feminist literary critic Annette Kolodny and African-American studies groundbreaker Molefi Kete Asante are other prominent thinkers to share their insights.
What's more, fiction writer Ernest J. Gaines, novelist and writer James A. Michener and editor/writer Norman Cousins are some of the well-known authors to place original work in the magazine. They join jazz pianist Ellis L. Marsalis, Jr., Sundance Film Festival director Geoffrey Gilmore and actor, writer and director Tim Blake Nelson.
Sally Ride, former NASA astronaut, launched her thoughts for the magazine, too.
Phi Kappa Phi Forum also encourages movers and shakers to speak for themselves through exclusive interviews. Q & As have run the gamut from public servants (Doris M. Meissner, former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; Lynne V. Cheney, former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Richard W. Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education) to famous artists (playwright August Wilson; cartoonist Stephan Pastis; actress Glenn Close). Memorable interviewees also have ranged from the likes of television journalist Mike Wallace to literary critic Stanley Fish.
The spring, summer and fall issues further contain columns on fields such as education and academics, science and technology, and arts and pop culture in addition to book reviews, poetry and cartoons. Plus, these issues compile member news, chapter updates and Society happenings, along with letters to the editor, the Phi Kappa Phi bookshelf and general announcements of interest to keep readers abreast of Phi Kappa Phi developments.
Through words and images, Web links and multimedia components, the magazine intends to appeal to the diverse membership of Phi Kappa Phi by providing thoughtful, instructive, helpful — and sometimes provocative — material in smart, engaging ways.
The winter issue (mailed late November) celebrates those who win monetary awards from Phi Kappa Phi. The Society distributes more than $700,000 annually through graduate and undergraduate scholarships, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives, and Phi Kappa Phi Forum applauds the recipients in this edition, listing them all and spotlighting a few.
As an arm of the Society, Phi Kappa Phi Forum helps uphold the institution's mission: “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”