Phi Kappa Phi Forum

The quarterly journal of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Each issue treats a single theme and field, providing a forum for discussion of social and scientific issues in a variety of fields of interest. Authors include scholars, experts from the privat

Articles from Vol. 91, No. 3, Fall

9/11: A Graphic Depiction
Because 9/11 could barely seem to be part of anything but a fantastic realm, those working in cartoon strips, comic books and other sequential art took to the subject as a way to make sense of something that strained comprehension. Putting 9/11 to...
A Day of Disbelief, Dust, and Dignity
For years I crisscrossed thousands of people around the World Trade Center to get to and from my job as chief program officer for the National League for Nursing, located on the 33rd floor of a building a few blocks south of the site. On 9/11, after...
A Game Warrior Remembered
Many people consider Pat Tillman (Nov. 6, 1976-April 22, 2004) a hero. The defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals walked away from a three-year, $3.6 million contract and said goodbye to his new wife to join the Army in the wake of 9/11 and died...
Civil Liberties on Campus since 9/11
I watched the second hijacked plane crash into the South Tower of the World Trade Center with a class of my psychology students on TV. We knew the world was changing, but none of us realized how the events of that day would change what it meant to...
Commemoration without Politics?
The approaching 10th anniversary of 9/11 invites some thoughtfulness about how to reflect and remember. Can we contemplate, in our media-saturated society, the reporting or imaging of a disaster that does not play into or at least employ stereotypes...
Former Phi Kappa Phi Executive Director Offers Parting Thoughts upon Retirement
For several weeks. I have tried to identify four or five reminiscences to convey what it meant to labor in the "vineyards of honor and excellence" for 12 years as executive director of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Hmm. "Vineyards." Reminiscence...
Heartbreak and Honor
At 10:18 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, a confidential government email arrived to U.S. Public Health Service Disaster Medical Assistance Team personnel nationwide. It said that two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center and that "the overall federal...
How to Connect in a Shattered World
Rare is the literary artist who succeeds in rendering the elements of enormous events that defy imagination, that affect a multitude of people, catastrophes such as the tsunami in Japan and Hurricane Katrina, manmade holocausts such as the Jewish genocide...
Paranoia in Post-9/11 American Fiction
How do we assess the effects of 9/11 nearly 10 years later? Even if we think and speak about the terrorist attacks less than we once did, American culture over the last decade has been deeply affected by the fear and anxiety raised by them. The misinformation...
Phi Kappa Phi Forum and Its Relationship with the Society
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...
President's Message
Spring commencement occurred at my school, Augusta State University, on May 9, one week after the killing of Osama bin Laden. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As president of the university, I always see to it that commencement is carefully scripted and...
Question: SLU's Most Popular Chapter Event? Answer: Quiz Bowl!
"In Norse mythology, name the eight-legged steed that belongs to Odin and has runes carved on its teeth." If you answered Sleipnir (and knew that runes are mysterious and magical marks or lettering), you might have what it takes to compete in the...
Shared Grief Is Good Grief
Because there is no formula for grief and no two people grieve alike, 9/11 did not change how people mourn. Yet 9/11 likely contributed to how people share grief. Unlike those who mourn someone dying from chronic illness, no one could prepare for...
Terror Takes Flight
When the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center fell to terrorist attacks, poetry suddenly appeared everywhere: taped to lampposts in Manhattan, passed around via email, and soon thereafter published in journals and anthologies dedicated to remembrance....
The Economic Costs of 9/11 on the U.S
Nearly 3,000 people perished in the 9/11 attacks. As of May, more than 6,000 U.S. troops have died and more than 43.000 other American military have been wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (1) The magnitude of the tragedy leaves even an economist...
The New/old Terrorism
With the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, almost 10 years after the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., it would seem logical that the long-sought turning point in the American War on Terror had been reached. Yet amid media coverage and blogosphere reactions,...
U.S. Business Travel after 9/11-And Bin Laden
Nearly 10 years after terrorist hijackers turned commercial airplanes into devastating weapons, the mastermind of these horrific deeds, Osama bin Laden, was killed during a U.S. military raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. But only-time will tell it 'the...
Versus Public Safety after 9/11
The increase of global positioning system satellite tracking devices, combined with the ease of data mining, and other technological advances, such as airport security scanners, blur the line between privacy rights and public safety in the post-9/11...
When Comedy Is No Joking Matter
Every Tuesday morning, I wake up at 3:45 PST to prep for my nationally syndicated radio segment, "The Zany Report;' Despite my touring schedule, I am usually able to phone it in from my home office in Southern California, although I have broadcast...
When Healing Is Job One
When a catastrophe strikes companies, they often reel, manage, pitch in, and pull through like families. Take Cantor Fitzgerald and 9/11. Howard Lutnick. chief executive of the financial services firm that lost 658 employees in 9/11. attended 20...
When the Dust Finally Settled
The 9/11 images that stick with me involve the dust that coated lower Manhattan after hijacked planes were crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center (WTC). The collapse of the buildings created a billowing mass of more than 1.2 million...
Writer's Roots Grew in Twin Towers Rubble
Bryan Charles moved to New York City in 1998 to find success as a writer shortly after receiving a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University, where he had majored in creative writing and taken several writing classes from one of your columnists....