As part of their "Arts & Sciences Cities of Distinction" program, Phi Beta Kappa shines a spotlight on U.S. cities that recognize the value of the arts and sciences to their communities. Phi Beta Kappa has chosen to honor Houston for Spring 2018 and worked with municipal leaders to select CHAMP and three other exemplary local organizations to be recognized for their work in building creative connections with new and diverse audiences in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. Each organization will be awarded a $5,000 prize at an evening reception taking place at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston on Tuesday, April 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Following the reception, Phi Beta Kappa will host (En)Lightning Talks Houston. Emceed by Ernie Manouse from the popular InnerVIEWS interview series, this electrifying event will feature local arts and sciences experts who will get just five minutes to spark your imagination with "en-lightning" ideas.
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States. It is widely recognized as the most prestigious honor society in the nation. The University of Houston recently established a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, in March 2016, allowing UH to join the 283 existing Phi Beta Kappa chapters at America's most esteemed colleges and universities. According to Phi Beta Kappa, its mission "is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression." Phi Beta Kappa members have included 17 U.S. Presidents, 37 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and 131 Nobel Laureates.