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Upcoming Events

May 2024


Stories and Spirits:
An Exclusive Tour of The Book Thing & Cocktail Hour

Join us for an exclusive evening at The Book Thing, a nonprofit dedicated to putting unwanted books into the hands of those who want them. During this special, first-of-its-kind event, experience a guided tour and bring your own books to donate for a demonstration of how books are handled, offering a unique behind-the-scenes preview of the next day's book giveaway (9am-5pm)! After the tour, join us for cocktails and lively conversation at the nearby home of PBK Baltimore's Vice President, Hannah Ravenscroft.

April 2024


Revolutionizing Animal Advocacy

A film and conversation with PETA's Ingrid Newkirk.

Step into the world of animal advocacy with a captivating virtual event showcasing a thought-provoking talk by none other than Ingrid Newkirk, the pioneering founder of PETA. Join us as she unravels the fascinating origins and monumental achievements of her brainchild, now a beacon of compassion and change worldwide. In this exclusive presentation, you'll gain insights into the passion, perseverance, and profound impact behind one of the most influential movements of our time. Stick around after the screening for a Q&A session with Ingrid Newkirk herself, where you can engage directly with this visionary leader. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired, empowered, and part of a meaningful conversation that is shaping the world.

Recent Past Events

March 2024


Thread: Uniting Communities for Equitable Futures

Thread harnesses the power of relationships to create a new social fabric of diverse individuals deeply engaged with young people facing the most significant opportunity and achievement gaps. Our community is committed to ending social isolation and building a more equitable culture in which everyone thrives.

Sarah Hemminger is a social entrepreneur, scientist, and ice dancer who co-founded Thread, a non-profit that harnesses the power of relationships to support exceptional young people facing significant opportunity and achievement gaps. 

March 2024


Art/Work: Women Printmakers of the WPA

Join us for Art/Work: Women Printmakers of the WPA, featuring approximately 50 prints by lesser-known female artists employed by the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project during the Great Depression. These artists focused on portraying social issues such as labor, poverty, worker's rights, racial and gender inequities, and the rise of fascism. Through their prints, they advocated for much-needed reforms, shedding light on timeless societal challenges that remain relevant today. Don't miss this opportunity to explore their powerful portrayals and gain valuable insights into both historical context and contemporary struggles. Sign up now to secure your spot and join us in celebrating art as a catalyst for social justice. Register today!

Two Piano Holiday: A musical evening with Amici Music


The program will feature a fantastic arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" for two pianos along with some interesting arrangements of holiday songs.  A not-to-miss in-person event to start off your holiday celebrations!

December 2023

Maryland Science Center


You are invited to the next DaVinci Society event of 2023!  Please join us at the Maryland Science Center for a journey to the stars with a private viewing of Deep Sky, a documentary on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, in our St. John Properties IMAX theater.
Where: Maryland Scienc Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230
When: Wednesday, November 8th, 6-8pm.  Light refreshments at 6pm, show to begin at 7pm.

November 2023

Brushwork & Brunch: A Tour and Lunch at the BMA

October 2023


Join us at the Baltimore Museum of Art to explore the exhibit, “Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800”. This major exhibition, new this October, aims to correct misconceptions about women artists through more than 200 diverse works. The tour will be led by co-curator Andaleeb Badiee Banta, offering an insightful journey through royal portraits, devotional sculptures, embroidered objects and more. After the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch served at the BMA’s fantastic restaurant, Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen. Don’t miss this opportunity to appreciate the works of artistic heroines such as Sofonisba Anguissola, Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Leyster, and others. We hope to see you there!

Behind Closed Doors:
The Secret White House Tapes

September 2023


Uncover hidden historical narratives with historian Marc Selverstone, the co-chair of University of Virginia's Miller Center's Presidential Recordings Program. Delve into the enigma of the Secret White House Tapes in a captivating Zoom session, where you'll access covert conversations from the highest echelons of power. From Nixon's White House insights to LBJ's thoughts on civil rights and JFK's private reflections, hear echoes of "presidential power in its rawest form". Established in 1998, the Presidential Recordings Program meticulously transcribes and annotates these covert White House tapes, offering an unparalleled window into the past, spanning from FDR's 8 hours to Nixon's 3,400 hours of discussions. Led by Director and Professor of Presidential Studies Marc Selverstone, this event promises a concise exploration of these recordings, accompanied by illuminating samples that unravel their profound historical significance.

Brilliant Baltimore:
Celebrating Baltimore’s Vibrant Art Scene

August 2023


Join us for an exciting evening at BmoreArt! BmoreArt is a leading resource for contemporary art and culture in the Baltimore region, providing a platform for artists, writers, and curators to share their work and ideas. As an independent, female-run art publication, BmoreArt highlights emerging artists and unconventional forms of expression. Their mission is to further the cultural and economic interests of artists, arts organizations, and diverse audiences for arts and culture in the region. BmoreArt’s vision is for Baltimore-based artists to achieve new levels of success and recognition. They work collaboratively to champion a vibrant cultural ecosystem in Baltimore. BmoreArt prioritizes historically underrepresented artists, considering race, gender, age, class, and geographic region. We invite you to visit the BmoreArt exhibition space to admire works by Baltimore-based artists!

A Night at the Movies:
Oppenheimer at the Senator Theater

July 2023


Embark on an extraordinary evening at Baltimore's Historic Senator Theater, exclusively curated for Phi Beta Kappa alumni. Immerse yourself in the untold story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the legendary physicist who shaped the course of history. Join us for a captivating film experience as Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" takes center stage, featuring an exceptional cast including Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Gary Oldman, and Rami Malek. Be the first to see to see the movie its opening weekend!  It is already mentioned as an Academy Award contender.

Before the screening, enjoy delicious snacks and forge new connections with fellow PBK alumni. As the curtain rises, be prepared to be spellbound by Murphy's captivating portrayal of Oppenheimer. Delve into the complexities of his life, his role in developing the first nuclear weapons, and the profound impact of his work on humanity. Reserve your seat today for this rare occasion to experience "Oppenheimer" alongside esteemed Phi Beta Kappa alumni. History, entertainment, and camaraderie await you at the Senator Theater in Baltimore, Maryland.

Making Waves: The Fight to Protect Our Oceans

June 2023


Join us for an urgent virtual presentation with Kelsey-Anne LeBlanc of the Ocean Conservancy, the premier global organization fighting the plastic pollution crisis. In this illustrated discussion, Kelsey-Anne, an expert from the agency leading the fight will present graphic evidence of ocean deterioration caused by huge amounts of plastic waste clogging the waterways. The speaker will share photographs and evidence-based solutions that enable all people of the world to help in cleaning the oceans of the detritus generated partly by our own household machines, and halting the flow of plastics into the oceans, where it can be ingested by the fish that end up on our dinner tables.

Brushes and Books:An Exploration of the Ashcan School and The Importance of a Liberal Arts Education

May 2023


Virginia Anderson, the Curator of American Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art, will guide you through the stunning home of Mary Hyman, filled with art from the Ashcan School, known for its realistic portrayal of urban life in America during the early 20th century. Following the tour, The President of Goucher College, Kent Devereaux, will give a talk on the importance of a liberal arts education and the excellence of small colleges like Goucher. Discover why small liberal arts colleges offer a unique educational experience that emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and personal development within a broad interdisciplinary framework.

April 2023


Myths and Truths: The Civil War in Maryland Reconsidered

Join us for an educational lecture by esteemed historian Jean Baker as she delves into Maryland's Civil War studies. Baker will present new insights from her recently published essays in The Civil War in Maryland Reconsidered, and explore misdirected and mistaken past views. She will also discuss how our collective memories of the war have influenced its place in history.

March 2023


The Doctor Who Wasn’t There

Join us for a fascinating talk with author and physician Jeremy A. Greene as he discusses his new book, The Doctor Who Wasn’t There. In this gripping history, Greene explores the long and complex relationship between electronic media and healthcare, from the early days of the telephone to today’s sophisticated telehealth devices.  Through a captivating blend of medical history, technology, politics, and economics, Greene reveals how electronic media have both promised to democratize access to healthcare and raised ethical, economic, and logistical concerns.

February 2023


Cosmic Clues in Charm City

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was designed to study the first stars and the first galaxies that formed in the universe. What does that even mean, and how would you know an ancient galaxy if you met one? In this talk, Dr. Van Dixon of Baltimore's Space Telescope Science Institute will discuss the science questions that JWST was built to address, how those questions informed the design of the telescope, and what we have learned in the six months since JWST began science operations. 

January 2023


Harm Reduction - it Really is That Good

Join this zoom event to learn about how harm reduction practices in Baltimore and beyond serve to reduce the negative consequences associated with HIV and substance abuse.
Marik Moen is a nurse scientist, educator, program director, and champion of health equity especially in HIV Care and care of people who use drugs in global and local settings. She was formerly a nurse lead at the Lord Baltimore COVID isolation hotel. 

November 2022


Stemming the Tide

In his compelling report from the front, Dr. Sweet will explain to us exactly what NOAA, our government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is doing to combat the rise of the seas and to the building of a weather-ready nation in the perilous years to come. He will discuss the latest sea level rise report and information from the U.S. Federal Sea Level Task Force and implications for changing coastal flood risk by 2050 within U.S. coastal communities, and specifically the upper Chesapeake Bay region.

October 2022


A House (and Senate) Divided

Join us for our always lively and popular political event, in person for the first time in three years. Professors Matthew Crenson and Robbie Shilliam, of the political science department at Johns Hopkins University, will help us put into perspective one of the most contentious and consequential midterm elections in recent memory.

June 2022

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Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet?

Come learn from Johns Hopkins University Professor Jessica Fanzo about how the decisions that you make at the grocery store impact the global food system, the people that shape it, and the environment that supports it.

February 2022

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Alone in the Cosmos?

NASA scientists are looking for signs of life on planets light years away. We learned how they plan to identify biospheres on these other worlds, the technology required, and some of the lessons that planets closer to home have to teach us on the way.

January 2022

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Beyond "Nature vs. Nurture"

What makes each of us a unique person? We learned from Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David Linden about how our genes respond continually to our experiences in ways that shape who we are as individuals.

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