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. 89, No. 2, Summer

Baseball Doubles as a Symbol of the Country: July 4 Games and Other Developments Helped Define the Nation
Independence Day falls right in the heart of baseball season, and that's only lilting for America's national pastime. Baseball, it seems, grew up with America. From its origins as a New York City-area club game in the 1820s to the powerful healing...
Dig into the All-American Diner for Appetizing History
What makes diners, the most palatable of casual restaurants, prototypically American and a source of national pride? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A quick answer might be that the "democratic" counter, for one, is uniquely American. Patrons from all...
Doctor's Orders: Do Good Work
Ophthalmologist and humanitarian Alice (Wendy) True Gasch understands the importance of giving back. The Phi Kappa Phi member (University of Maryland) not only underwrites numerous worthy causes but also donates her services to the needy. Gasch...
Editor's Note
Reasons abound to stand I tall as Americans even though challenges may weigh down some of us. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We know all too well that the recession threatens the banking sector, housing market, auto industry, newspapers, philanthropy,...
Ellis Island Will Tell More Immigrant Stories
At some point in 2011, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum will become Ellis Island: The National Museum of Immigration. By expanding its function and taking on a new name, the institution is rewriting history. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "It's very...
Homework for the Country: Build a 21st Century Education System in Public Schools in Order to Help Run the Economic Engine
The election of President Barack Obama, pending No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization and a rise in national reports urging innovations in the nation's schools have resulted in a shift away from basic education and a push towards 21st century...
In Memoriam
William Brock Brentlinger (Lamar University), 82, committed himself community service and family values. Higher education: he spent 18 years at his alma mater Greenville College (bachelor's degree in speech) as a professor of speech and later as Dean...
Member News
Numerous Phi Kappa Phi members assumed new academic duties: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Nancy H. Blattner (Fontbonne University), President, Caldwell College. Immediate previous position: Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, Fontbonne University....
Notable Composer and Society Member William Bolcom Defended the Arts in an Address at University of Michigan's Phi Kappa Phi Spring Initiation
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Phi Kappa Phi member William Bolcom urged Americans to take care of the artistic health of the nation, especially in a recession, in a keynote speech at the University of Michigan Phi Kappa Phi chapter 39 induction...
Now Playing: The Patriotic Movie Musical, Starring the United States of America!
There is a curious convergence in cinema between the Fourth of July and one of the most powerful and iconic forms that Hollywood has ever produced: the movie musical. On the one hand, by marrying all the glitz, glamour and wizardry of musical film...
O'er the Land of the Free and the Home of Country Music: The Name of the Tune Is Red, White and Blue with a Twang
"We live in the greatest country on earth." That statement is embedded in every American--and in many country music tunes. We hear that statement our entire life until we take it for granted, accept it as a self-evident fact and then say it to...
President's Page
The Board of Directors of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi periodically discusses, even debates, whether to refer to our beloved honor society as a national or an international organization. During the past decade, members have seen terminology shift...
Pulitzer Prize-Winner Admires the War Tactics of Abraham Lincoln: Civil War Experts and Master Storyteller James M. McPherson Recounts Lincoln's Battles to Ensure Victory
In his latest book that blends scholarly insight with mainstream appeal, James M. McPherson deftly chronicles President Abraham Lincoln's direction of the Union war effort. The author details the evolution of a national strategy that initially focused...
Seeing the Light about the Rocket's Red Glare: The Physics of Fireworks Goes Back Thousands of Years
Fireworks began with a bang. Anyone who has taken freshman chemistry may remember that a match set to a mixture of 75 percent potassium nitrate, 15 percent charcoal and 10 percent sulfur is likely to set off some interesting pyrotechnics. Where...
Some Americans Work Hard to Succeed through Dishonesty
Even before the stock market signaled the worst recession since the Great Depression, many people in the United States were embroiled in a self-interested, "me first" approach to life that often involved cheating. Strivers may rationalize deceit...
Taxing Our Way to Thinness: Patriotic Problem or All-American Solution? Shape Up or Pay the Consequences, Literally and Figuratively
By the year 2030, more than 86% of adult Americans will be obese and the rate of obese U.S. children ages 6 to 11 will reach 50%, according to the research journal Obesity in an article from October 2008. States such as California and New Jersey,...
The American Melting Pot Is a Rich Stew: Immigrants Become Attached to Their New Country, despite Fears to the Contrary
Once again, the United States is truly a nation of immigrants. In the wake of the huge influx since the late 1960s, the number of immigrants in the United States has risen to an all-time high. According to the U.S. Census, in 2007 more than 38 million...
'The President's Own' Marine Band Includes a Phi Kappa Phi Member
when I graduated from the celebrated Eastman School of Music in 1986, I considered myself an artist with aspirations of making classical saxophone a respected and sought-after platform for musical expression. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I never would...
The Star-Spangled Banner Flies High, Shining New Light on American History
One million people visited the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in the first 100 days after the museum reopened on Nov. 21, 2008, after an $85 million renovation. They came from across the country and around the world to explore the...
Twinkle and Grin: Why One of Our Own Winks and Smiles at Life
Heather Hitchcock uses her psychology degree from Auburn University in ways the Phi Kappa Phi member never expected. After graduating magna cum laude in 1996, Hitchcock landed an entry-level job as an inventory control specialist for a construction...
When Doing Your Job Means Serving Your Country: An Air Force Pilot Takes Pride in the Duties Asked of Him
As a citizen soldier, I was pleased when I heard that the theme of the summer 2009 edition of Phi Kappa Phi Forum was going to be "American pride. "That doesn't mean, though, that this column is intended to be a flag-waving, chest-thumping defense...
When in the Course of Human Events It Became Necessary to Celebrate July 4th: Why the Country's Forefathers Considered It Self-Evident to Mark the Nation's Birthday
Many of today's Fourth of July customs stem from the actions of the early leaders of Congress and our nation's other founders. With express purpose, they encouraged the celebration of Independence Day as a time for reflection, reverence and revelry....

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