The Phi Kappa Literary Society is a debate society at the University of Georgia. We meet every academic Thursday at Phi Kappa Hall on North Campus at 7 p.m.

All with an insatiable appetite for knowledge and oratory are welcome.



BIHR: American Values Never Existed 

Freedom. Equality. Independence. Family. Faith….just a few of the many “Values” we’re taught from a young age. 

Some say that these principles have been under assault for decades, others suppose rather that we’ve collectively turned our eyes away from the moral ideals that our country was built on. Still others may purport any dialogue of concern to be political posturing around election time. 

But what if these American Values never existed in the first place?

Brother Antonoff is presenting and Brother McDuff is negating. 


By Values, I mean the ideals, customs, and institutions of a society that people in a society find desirable. A value can also generally refer to any quality that an individual finds desirable. 

Specifically by American Values, I am referring to certain core beliefs that have been shared by those residing in the United States since its founding.

By never, I mean at no point in time.

And by existed, I mean been found to occur.

Join the Phi Kappa Literary Society this Thursday, January 19th at 7 pm for a debate that is sure to transcend the usual political conversation.


A Resounding Huzzah of Welcome 

The Great Hall echoed with the sound of cheers and jubilation last Thursday after the induction of Phi Kappa Literary Society’s newest member, Brother Chris Stalcup. The Society is proud to count ourselves one sibling greater. Come out next Thursday to see our expanded society take on Be It Hereby Resolved: American Values Never Existed. 


First Spring Meeting Jan. 12th 

Are we prescribing our kids wonder drugs or kiddie cocaine? 

The Phi Kappa Literary Society commences their spring semester this Thursday with the resolution BIHR: The Medicating of Minors for ADHD should be Illegal. Sister Kris Henry is presenting the affirmative and Sister Amy Libby is negating. Join us for some heated debate that is sure to hold your attention. 



Spring 2012 Officers

President: Brother Mark Wheeler
1st Assistant: Brother Michael Antonoff
2nd Assistant: Sister Jessica Melear
Chief Justice: Sister Ruth Beatrice Lichtenstein
Associate Justices: Brother Henry Friederich, Sister Kristin Henry
Alumni Secretary: Brother Benjamin Woodard
Clerk: Sister Cherith Fuller
Treasurer: Brother Joseph Dylan Summer
Historian: Brother Walker Smith
Clavinger: Brother Nicholas Wheeler
Censor: TBA
Webmaster: Sister Amy Libby
Congratulations & good luck on another great semester!

Phi Kappa teams up with Roosevelt Institution and Demosthenian for Occupy Wall Street Debate!

The Roosevelt Institution, in conjunction with the Phi Kappa Literary Society and the Demosthenian Literary Society, will be hosting an open debate on the Occupy Wall Street Protests. Join us for the resolution, “Be It Hereby Resolved: Occupy Wall Street will have beneficial effects on the future of the United States.” Following the debate, Roosevelt will host a National Issues Forum on policy effects of the protests. Come eat dinner and discuss this highly salient and interesting topic with us!

The first affirmative as well as the first negation will be presented by the Roosevelt Institution; after that, the debate is open to anyone who would like to speak. Anyone taking the floor will be geiven 3 minutes to talk; the meeting will operate under Robert’s Rules of Order. Guests are encouraged (but not required) to speak!

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 15th from 6-8PM in Journalism 501. To RSVP, e-mail with “RSVP” in the subject line.