March 8, 2006


Henry Smits Lecture

“Illness and Identity: The Leper That Lurks in Us All”
Gerald G. Osborn, lecturer in philosophy at Truman State University.
7:00 pm, SUB Alumni Room
Philosophically, identity implies sameness, but paradoxically people maintain a sense of personal identity in the midst of lives changing constantly. Illness and injury can alter this abiding sense of sameness and can become an affront to people’s personal identity. In its most malignant form, the process becomes all-consuming and the person becomes their disease.

A psychiatrist, teacher and consultant, Dr. Osborn’s areas of research center on the interfaces between psychiatry and primary-care medicine and in medical ethics and history.


March 1, 2006   

Third Annual Il Salone dello Spazio:

Skepticism for fun and (very little) profit

With Dr. Taner Edis

Dr. Edis, Associate Professor of Physics, Truman State University, will discuss how he has ended up writing books critical of religious and paranormal claims, rather than locking himself in an office to solve equations as proper physicists are supposed to do.

7:00 pm, Il Spazio Restaurant, Kirksville

Discussion begins at 7:30.


Event is free and open to the public.

Appetizers provided courtesy of

Northeast Missouri Phi Beta Kappa Association. 


October 26, 2005

Harry Laughlin, Eugenics, and Racism: Then and Now.

Lecture by Maria Evans, Associate Professor of Pathology, A.T. Still University, and Anton Weisstein, Assistant Professor of Biology, Truman State University.

7:00 pm at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 100 N. High St.

2003 Annual Meeting Held December 14

The Annual Meeting for the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Northeast Missouri (NEMO-PBK) was held Sunday, December 14, 2003.  Dereck Daschke and Kasye Hahn were re-elected as President and Vice President, respectively, and Abby Swetz, a Member-in-Course of Delta of Missouri, was elected Secretary-Treasurer.  Mary Shapiro, Andrea Davis, and Carol Marshall all leave the executive board with many thanks and the sincere appreciation of all who worked with them over the last two years!

Plans for the year were discussed, including inaugurating “Il Salone dello Spazio” (see “Latest Association News ,” above) and hosting a PBK Fellow, University of Chicago Historian of Science Robert Richards, on April 4, 2004.  Dr. Richards is one of the foremost authorities on the history and cultural impact of the theory of evolution.

DUES:  We are beginning our collection of dues for 2004.  Please plan to bring $10 to the meeting to cover your membership (and our expenses!) for the year if you have not already (thanks to those who have!).  If you are a Resident member of Delta Chapter and you have not paid your annual dues to them (also $10), we will collect for them at the meeting as well.

President Daschke is Association’s Delegate to PBK Society’s 40th Triennial Council

Association President Dereck Daschke attended the National PBK Society’s 40th Triennial Council in Seattle, WA, August 6-10, as the delegate from the NEMO-PBK Association.  In this capacity, he participated in voting for National officers, including President, Vice President, District Senators ( Association member and former Treasurer Carol Race was elected Senator from the North Central District — congratulations, Carol! ), Senators-at-Large, and the Nominating Committee.  He also participated in awarding new PBK Chapters to eight universities:  Alfred University, Eckerd College, SUNY-Geneseo, Roanoke College, Saint Michael’s College, University of San Diego, Texas A&M University-College Station, and Valparaiso University.  President Daschke also attended break-out sessions on Association fundraising and membership retention and expansion, as well as the ongoing PBK nationwide conversation on the public value of a liberal arts education.  A report on his participation and ideas he has for the future of NEMO-PBK will be presented at the Annual Meeting in December.


Lewis Binford Gives Annual Association Lecture

Dr. Lewis Binford, one of the preeminent figures in American anthropology in the last thirty years, gave the NEMO-PBK Association lecture this year on April 26 in the Georgian Room of the Truman State University campus.  The lecture, entitled “Where Does Knowledge Come From?  What Archaeologists Want From Educated Students,” was enthusiastically received by an estimated 100 attendees.  After his talk, Dr. Binford answered questions from the audience, and elaborated on his experiences as a participant-observer among various indigenous peoples, including the Inuit Eskimos of Alaska.



Kimberly Ahrens Honored with Association’s Inaugural “Love of Learning” Educator Award.

Mrs. Kimberly Ahrens, a junior and senior English teacher at Hannibal High School, received the Association’s first “Love of Learning” award for excellence in teaching in a ceremony on April 26, at the annual Association lecture (see above).  Mrs. Ahrens has been teaching at Hannibal High School since 1968 and has been the chair of the Language Arts Department since 2001.  Mrs. Ahrens has a B.S. in Education from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), where she later served on the Board of Governors.  She holds an M.S. in Education from Southwest Baptist University.

The Love of Learning award is special in that nominees are suggested by colleagues and former students, people who know first hand of the teacher’s talent and enthusiasm.  Mary Shapiro, Vice President of Membership, and the Outreach Committee issued a call for nominations to all counties in the Northeast Missouri region, soliciting names of outstanding teachers in public, private, and home school environments.  This award exemplifies the Association’s recognition that the values that lead students to pursue liberal studies must be imparted early on.  Gifted and talented teachers at all levels and in all settings are working hard every day to give their students a love of learning that will last throughout their lives.

Mrs. Ahrens received a recognition plaque, a check for $100, and two copies of a book she selected, Mark Twain: An Illustrated Biography, one of which will be donated to her local library in her name.  Local businesses including Collins Party Rentals, Washington Street Java, and Pro-Tech contributed money or services towards these awards.  Our most sincere congratulations and thanks go to Mrs. Ahrens on this occasion.

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Kimberly Ahrens (l.) with
Dr. Mary Shapiro, VP of Membership
and head of the Outreach Committee.