In light of the public health recommendations to increase social distancing and reduce the incidence and spread of COVID-19, Phi Beta Kappa Northern California is suspending all in-person events and meetings for the foreseeable future. 

Birder's Special

Thursday, April 8, 2021

12:00-1:30 PM (PDT)

a virtual nature journaling experience 
at the Palomarin Field Station of Point Blue

PBKNCA has visited Point Blue as part of our programming, and they welcome our participation in this virtual event, which is good also for kids and grandkids.

Whether a dedicated Birder, or interested in learning, this program will give you insight into the world of birding and the work that  one of the premier conservation organizations in the world has been doing, both locally and internationally, for over 50 years.

All ages and experience levels welcome.

Bird in the Hand
a virtual nature journaling experience 
at the Point Blue Palomarin Field Station

Thursday, April 8, 2021
12:00-1:30 PM 

Join Naturalist Artist Educator John Muir Laws on a virtual visit to our Palomarin Field Station, where Point Blue scientists have been banding birds and advancing conservation for more than 55 years. Explore drawing techniques, from fast sketching to vivid detail, to observe and appreciate the natural world around us. Get out "in the field" with Point Blue Avian Ecologist Renée Cormier to see how birds are captured, banded, measured, and released. Learn how long-term data sets inform conservation strategies. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Bring pencil, paper, and a sense of humor.

Please contact Ray Hendess, by April 3 for zoom link

Also checkout the Point Blue website at


"The Fight for Racial Justice, then and now”

A two-part series on Racial Justice.

March 13th and April 17th, 2021

  The Honorable Lise Pearlman, who is an award-winning author and documentary film producer.


This is a two-part presentation by PBKNCA members on the topical subject of Racial Justice.

“AMERICAN JUSTICE ON TRIAL: 1968,2020 AND BEYOND” The Honorable Lise Pearlman (ret.)

Lise Pearlman is an award-winning author and documentary film producer. She will speak from her work on a 2016 book “American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton.”

The outcome of this landmark trial has impacted the fight for racial justice in an ongoing way.

Topic: "The Fight For Racial Justice, Then and Now, #2"

Time: Apr 17, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 867 0122 9782, Passcode 495814

The Reverend Jim Richardson, the final speaker at Asilomar 2020, presented an updated and compelling view of Abolitionist times from his own family history.

Jim Richardson presented a history of his abolitionist family and their activities followed by Lise Pearlman, who will start with the Huey Newton trial’s groundbreaking results and bring us up to date on pivotal issues, and cases, affecting Racial Justice in the Criminal Justice system.

“THE ABOLITIONIST’S JOURNAL, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN AMERICAN ANTI-SLAVERY FAMILY" James Richardson, PBK, M.Div. (Theology), Dean, Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento 

Methodist pastor George Richardson (1824-1911) left behind a 334-page journal richly detailing how he and his family used their home on the Underground Railroad to assist escaped slaves; his service as the white chaplain to an African American Union regiment in the Civil War; and then after the war, his family’s struggle to found a college for the formerly enslaved in Texas. The college was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan, chased out by the city of Dallas, and then reestablished in Austin where it thrives today as Huston-Tillotson University. His journal has prompted a decade-long search through family archives -- yet raises questions about how a family’s deep commitment to emancipation faded and disappeared in succeeding generations. 

James Richardson is a former senior writer with The Sacramento Bee and the author of several books on California politics, including an acclaimed biography of the politician Willie Brown, published by the University of California Press. His newest book project heads into a new direction, exploring his family roots in the anti-slavery abolitionist movement of the 19th century. Richardson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA and has a Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. He is an Episcopal Priest (ret) residing in Sacramento.

Topic: "The Fight For Racial Justice, Then and Now, #1"

Time: Mar 13, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 873 1462 3628

Passcode: 830391

O’Neil Dillon, First Vice President – Programs

We suggest you check out the Visiting Scholar virtual lectures through May 2021 are listed on the National PBK website. Please go there for details. 

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. 

Please see the National PBK website for details

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