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Upcoming Activities

Walk around Greenlake followed by coffee at Fix Coffeehouse

Saturday, October 7, 9 to 11 a.m.
Walk: Parking lot of Evans Pool, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle (9 a.m.)
Coffee only: Fix Coffeehouse, 6900 E. Green Lake Way N., Seattle (10 a.m.)

The walk is about three miles total around the lake on a completely paved concrete sidewalk.

You and your friends and family are invited to join us for a walk around Green Lake. You will be in excellent company: there are cute dogs, bicyclists, Rollerbladers, joggers, walkers, families, and many more people who enjoy the park. We will meet at the parking lot of Evans Pool (see a map), a nice central meeting location. After the walk, we will head to Fix Coffeehouse for a latte, Americano, pastry, or perhaps a light snack… you pick your treat! If you want to skip walking and meet for coffee, that’s great too — meet us at Fix at 10 a.m. The coffeehouse is in the same strip as Turnpike Pizza and Teddy's Bigger Burgers (see a map).

Please RSVP to Linda Willenberg at [email protected] or call her at (425) 641-1606 if you plan to join us for the walk or for coffee.

Fall Luncheon: Secretary Frederick M. Lawrence: “Phi Beta Kappa’s 21st-Century Mission: Advocating for the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Championing Free Expression”

Tuesday, October 24, 11:45 a.m.
Ward Room, Seattle Yacht Club
1807 E. Hamlin Street, Seattle (map)

Frederick M. Lawrence is the 10th secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He is visiting professor at the Georgetown Law Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and has previously served as president of Brandeis University, dean of the George Washington University Law School, and visiting professor and senior research scholar at Yale Law School.

An accomplished scholar, teacher, and attorney, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression, and bias crimes. Lawrence has published widely and lectured internationally. He is the author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law (Harvard University Press, 1999), examining bias-motivated violence and the laws governing how such violence is punished in the United States. He frequently contributes op-eds to various news sources, such as Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Observer, The Hill, the New York Daily News and The Huffington Post, and has appeared on CNN, among other networks.

At Phi Beta Kappa, Lawrence has focused on advocacy for the arts, humanities, and sciences; championing free expression, free inquiry, and academic freedom; and invigorating the society’s 286 chapters and nearly 50 alumni associations. As president of Brandeis, Lawrence strengthened ties between the university and its alumni and focused on sustaining the university’s historical commitment to educational access through financial aid. An acclaimed teacher, Lawrence taught an undergraduate seminar on punishment and crime that was one of the most popular undergraduate courses offered at Brandeis.

Prior to Brandeis, Lawrence was dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at George Washington University from 2005 to 2010. During his time there, Lawrence recruited the strongest classes in the school’s history, and his five years as dean were five of the six highest fundraising years in the school’s history. He was professor of law at Boston University from 1988 to 2005, during which time he served as associate dean for academic affairs and received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest teaching honor.

Lawrence’s legal career was distinguished by service as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in the 1980s, where he became chief of the Civil Rights Unit. Lawrence received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in 1977 from Williams College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his law degree in 1980 from Yale Law School.

The luncheon will take place on Tuesday, October 24, at the Seattle Yacht Club. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot. The luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m.; doors open at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $40 per person and guests are welcome. For your luncheon entrée you may select either roast turkey breast with mashed potatoes and vegetables, or vegetarian spinach tortellini. Please let us know of any special dietary requests. Please make your reservation by Wednesday, October 18 using the form below. To register more than one person, please be sure to return to this page after registering the first attendee.

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Panel discussion with Phi Beta Kappa Secretary Frederick M. Lawrence: Protecting Free Speech in an Era of Combative Discourse

Wednesday, October 25, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Trimble Forum, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma (map)

Join Frederick M. Lawrence, secretary and CEO of the national Phi Beta Kappa Society and author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Michael Benitez, African American Studies Professor Grace Livingston, Philosophy Professor Justin Tiehen, Politics and Government Professor Seth Weinberger, and Associate Professor and Director of Environmental Policy and Decision-Making Rachel DeMotts for a discussion about how engaging the right of free speech may impact the safety and wellbeing of minortized individuals and communities; how to respond to each other about pressing issues with a sense of civility and mutual endeavor; and how to own the realities and implications of different thinking/acting in shared contexts/communities.

This event is free and open to the community.

Docent tour of Seattle Art Museum exhibit Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect

Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m.
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue, Seattle (map)

You and your guests are invited to join us for a private docent tour of the exhibition Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect. This exhibition follows the evolution of one of America’s most famous painters, bringing together some of his most well-known and rarely seen works. From depictions of his life in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, to the coastal villages of Maine, Wyeth’s art challenged the 20th century’s norms of realism and abstraction.

We will meet in the lobby near the main ticketing area. Doors to the museum open at 10 a.m. Our tour will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m.

Your museum admission ticket will be good for the entire day. After the docent tour you can join other tour participants for a no-host lunch at a local café or visit other exhibits at the museum. If you have questions, contact Linda Willenberg at [email protected] or call her at (425) 641-1606.

The cost, which includes the docent fee, is $29 for adults, $27 for seniors (62 and over), $18 for students (including full-time college students), and $5 for SAM members or children 12 and under. Please RSVP by November 1 using the form below. SAM members need to include their full name and SAM ID number. We will purchase the tickets for all tour participants. To register more than one person, please be sure to return to this page after registering the first attendee.

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