Upcoming Events

PBK Visiting Scholar: Donald S. Lopez Jr. | April 20-21, 2022

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April 20, 2022
5 PM: Public Lecture in Humanities Gateway 1030: Buddhism & Science
7PM: Dinner with Religion Studies Program Faculty, Students, and PBK

April 21, 2022
12 PM: Conversation Kitchen with Jessica VanRoo
3:30 PM - 4:50 PM: Visit to Elizabeth Tinsley's Japanese Buddhism Class

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Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan.

Professor Lopez is the author, translator, and editor of numerous works in the field of Buddhist Studies, on topics ranging from Buddhist philosophy to Buddhism and Science. He has also written extensively on the European encounter with Buddhism. Among anthologies, he is the editor of the Buddhism volume of the Norton Anthology of World Religions and Buddhist Scriptures for Penguin Classics. His recent books include Dispelling the Darkness: A Jesuit’s Quest for the Soul of Tibet (with Thupten Jinpa) and Gendun Chopel: Tibet’s Modern Visionary. In 2008, he was the first scholar of Buddhism to deliver the Terry Lectures at Yale. In 2014, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (edited with Robert Buswell) was awarded the Dartmouth Medal for best reference work of the year. In 2000, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This event is sponsored by the Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at UCI and UCI Illuminations.

2022 Annual PBK Induction Ceremony | June 9, 2022

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Past Events

Fall 2021 Events

2021 PBK Book Award Ceremony & Fall Welcome Social | Nov. 18, 2021

Location: Science Library Atrium
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Access the event recording here!

Thank you to all who came to participate in our Book Awards Ceremony! Congratulations to those who received an award. You may access the student photos here and the general photos here!

Spring 2021 Events

2021 PBK Induction Ceremony | Keynote Speaker: Michael Dennin

June 10, 2020. 2:00pm
Location: Vimeo Live Broadcast https://vimeo.com/544110762 Password: 2021pbk

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Dean of Undergraduate Education, Professor of Physics

Michael Dennin

PBK Visiting Scholar: Roger Guenveur Smith | COMPLETED

Recording Available Here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5JxrzBWa7whttps

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2021 PBK Visiting Scholar Event by Roger Guenveur Smith: Performing History! As a courtesy to those who were unable to attend this marvelous performance, please click here to enjoy the experience.

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We are excited to have Actor, Writer, and Director Roger Guenveur Smith as a Visiting Scholar this spring. In this lively and inspiring conversation, actor, writer, and director Roger Guenveur Smith will share his theatrical inquiries into history, including his recreations of Frederick Douglass, Otto Frank, Huey P. Newton, and Rodney King.

Roger Guenveur Smith adapted his Obie Award-winning performance of A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm. His Bessie Award-winning RODNEY KING is currently streaming on Netflix. His latest solo is OTTO FRANK, inspired by the father of diarist Anne Frank. For the international stage, Mr. Smith has also created and performed studies of Frederick Douglass, Christopher Columbus, and Bob Marley. His eclectic range of screen credits includes DO THE RIGHT THING, EVE’S BAYOU, HAMLET, ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS, BIRTH OF A NATION, the HBO series K STREET and OZ, and AMERICAN GANGSTER, for which he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award. He has essayed portraits of Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, Tuskegee Institute founder Booker T. Washington, NAACP secretary Walter White, and Rosa Parks’ husband and comrade, Raymond Parks. Roger studied at Yale University and Occidental College and has taught at both institutions as well as Cal Arts, where he directs his Performing History Workshop.

This event is sponsored by the Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at UCI and is free and open to all.

Please register here to attend Roger Guenveur Smiths' Visiting Scholar program.

Co-hosted by the Mu chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts and Culture Initiative

Winter 2021 Events

"What Matters to Me and Why" with PBK Mu Chapter Historian Virginia Trimble

January 13, 2021, 12:00pm
Location: Please register here to attend.
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“What Matters to Me and Why” encourages reflection about values, beliefs and motivations in the lives of those who shape our university. The series explores personal journeys – choices made, difficulties encountered, commitments formed and joys revealed – with the hope that these stories will help us to understand diverse pathways in life, work and leadership. Such understandings are crucial for fortifying tolerance, strengthening bonds, and supporting the virtues that make UCI a great institution.

Virginia Trimble is the 2019-2020 PBK Mu Chapter Historian and UC Irvine Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

Please mark your calendar for future “What Matters to Me and Why” speakers:

  • Jan. 13 - Virginia Trimble
  • Feb. 10 - Dr. Albert Chang
  • Feb. 25 - Dr. Shruti Gohil - UCI Health Series
  • Mar. 10 - Jack Miles
  • Apr. 7 - Paula Smith
  • May 12 - Anita Casavantes Bradford

Please register here to attend Virginia Trimble's discussion.

Hosted by: UCI Office of the Chancellor

Shakespeare Festival of Foolery Scavenger Hunt

February 23 2021, 5:00-6:00pm
Location: Please fill out this form to attend.

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For one wild evening, come with us to a virtual Verona, for gustatory and poetic pleasures.  Chef Jessica will provide the food, which you can pick up at the ARC, and prepare at home.  Then we’ll meet via Zoom, and play a game based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The game is formatted like a scavenger hunt, with you or your teammates providing a few visual and vocal interpretations of some great moments from the play.  For dessert, contestants will compete in the Marzipan Challenge.You don’t need to know Shakespeare from Shake-Shack to join us for this festival of foolery!

“We’ll meet on Zoom and play the game on the GooseChase app. It’s not necessary to cook or make submissions for the game to join in the foolery.”

Co-sponsored by Anteater Recreation Center, Illuminations, and the New Swan Shakespeare Center.

Fall 2020 Events

"What Matters to Me and Why" with PBK Mu Chapter Secretary Michael Arias

November 18, 2020, 12:00pm
Location: Please register here to attend.
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“What Matters to Me and Why” encourages reflection about values, beliefs and motivations in the lives of those who shape our university. The series explores personal journeys – choices made, difficulties encountered, commitments formed and joys revealed – with the hope that these stories will help us to understand diverse pathways in life, work and leadership. Such understandings are crucial for fortifying tolerance, strengthening bonds, and supporting the virtues that make UCI a great institution.

Michael R. Arias served as a UCI staff member for nearly 40 years. He joined UCI in 1979, starting as support staff for the School of Physical Sciences. Two years later, he became director of the academic budget until 1990, when he was named assistant dean of the School of Social Sciences. In 1998, he was recruited to be associate executive vice chancellor and chief of staff. Mike has played many critical roles in the university, where senior leadership relied greatly on his deep knowledge and insightful advice. As one of Chancellor Gillman’s principal advisers from 2014 until his retirement in 2018, Mike played a major role in every significant initiative in recent years, including the development of the UCI strategic plan, the establishment of the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, the creation of the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, the gift of the Buck Collection of California art, the construction of two student housing complexes and the Anteater Learning Pavilion, and the planning for the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Building. He also served on the UCI Foundation board of trustees and the Chief Executive Roundtable, demonstrating admirable skill in connecting with our external partners. His decades of contributions have been enormously valuable and will benefit UCI for generations to come. A proud alumnus, earning his bachelor’s degree in social sciences magna cum laude, Mike is secretary of the UCI Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Please mark your calendar for future “What Matters to Me and Why” speakers:

  • November 5, 2020: Alumni Event, Dr. José Mayorga ’99, MD ’05
  • November 18, 2020: Mike Arias, former associate chancellor and chief of staff, Office of the Chancellor
  • December 9, 2020: Judy Stepan-Norris, former vice provost, Academic Planning; professor, Sociology

Please register here to attend Michael Arias's discussion. Registration opens approximately three weeks prior to each event.

Hosted by: UCI Office of the Chancellor

No Labels Youth Congress

November 14, 2020, 11:00am
Location: Online through Zoom
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Our generation has grown up with a dysfunctional political system that seems exhausting. But it wasn't always like this. Our parents and grandparents remember the days when Democrats and Republicans could sit down and actually talk with each other.

But let's face it, if there is one thing we can all agree on it's this: we are tired of the partisan fighting. Now more than ever, we need to bring fellow Americans and our leaders together to solve problems after this election.

On Saturday, November 14th at 11am Pacific time, Youth Congress members will take part in a conversation with No Labels Chief Strategist Ryan Clancy and two members of Congress from the House Problem Solvers Caucus- a group of 25 Democratic and 25 Republican House members who work together to put country over party. From there, we'll get to know each other through an interactive breakout session before receiving a post-election briefing from Ryan Clancy.

The No Labels Youth Congress provides a rare opportunity for tomorrow's leaders (ages 16-35) to learn from and with each other and to help grow a movement whose mission - of bringing our leaders together to solve problems - suddenly has a new urgency.

Register here for this free, virtual event: https://www.nolabels.org/uni_nlyc

Hosted by: No Labels

PBK Fall Welcome Social 2020

October 28, 2020, 4:00-5:00pm
Location: Zoom (recording)
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Thank you for attending and for those wo were unable to attend, you may share in the fun by clicking this link to our recorded Zoom event. Hope to see you all at our next event on November 18th.

To access the recording, please visit this link.

Hosted by: UCI PBK Mu Chapter

Spring 2020 Events

2020 PBK Induction Ceremony

June 11, 2020
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This year, PBK's Mu Chapter of UC Irvine conducted our first virtual Induction Ceremony.

To view previous Induction Ceremonies, please navigate to this page.

Winter 2020 Events

Networking: Showcasing Yourself

January 23, 2020

Fall 2019 Events

PBK Fall Welcome Social 2019

November 5th, 2019

UCI PBK Founding Anniversary

December 5th, 2019