Profs and Pints has expanded online to further democratize access to higher learning and provide people access to hiqh-quality scholarly talks while social distancing. See listings of talks that you can watch from home on the Online Talks page.
Profs and Pints is suspending its staging of live talks effective March 12, 2020 in response to the current coronavirus crisis.
I am sorry to announce that I am suspending the staging of talks in response to the public-health threat posed by the Covid-19 coronavirus and the need to contain its spread. All future talks scheduled for March and April have been cancelled, and anyone who has purchased a ticket will soon be receiving a refund through Brown Paper Tickets.
I was hesitant to take this step this because I believe deeply in the social mission of my company and hate to take potential earnings away from the bartenders and servers at my venues, who themselves have health-care costs and other bills to worry about. However, several fast-moving developments over the last 48 hours have pushed things beyond the tipping point. They were:
A District of Columbia government state of emergency declaration late yesterday advising against gatherings of over 1,000 and discouraging any sort of public gathering.
Similar advisories in other cities and the inescapable conclusion they were about to become more common.
Several cancellations by speakers I had lined up for the coming week, including some from local institutions that have just decided to forbid faculty members from engaging in such activities, gutting my talent pool.
A growing body of advisories from authoritative sources urging everyone out there to avoid any public events.
Demands from customers for ticket refunds in response to news about coronavirus broadcast just before events, after it had become impossible to obtain refunds through Brown Paper Tickets.
Perhaps most fundamentally, I was finding it impossible to reconcile my desire to run a company with a social mission with the possibility that doing so could endanger public health.
Fortunately my venues, hosts, and Brown Paper Tickets have all been incredibly understanding and helpful.
It is hard to tell when I will be able to resume talks given what remains unknown about the virus and its spread and about the likelihood of finding a vaccine or remedy any time soon. Fortunately my company's fixed expenses are extremely low, so it won't be hard for me to simply keep the company dormant until this threat is behind us. You'll be among the first to know when I get the company back into gear.
In the meantime, stay healthy and never stop learning. If you do go out, please tip well, as a lot of people in the service industry will be going through hard times.
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from The Plague by Albert Camus.
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6 pm Tuesday, September 24th at the Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas
“The Sea Monsters of Prehistoric Dallas,” with Louis Jacobs, professor emeritus of paleontology at Southern Methodist University, president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, and author of Lone Star Dinosaurs.
A mosasaur dines on a juvenile dinosaur unlucky enough to have fallen into the water. (Image from the Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 144(3), 301-321.)
Tickets are $12 and must be purchased online and in advance.
If someone invents a time machine and offers to take you back to prehistoric Dallas, you’ll be a lot safer not getting inside. There’s a good chance you would end up at the bottom of an ocean and be devoured by some huge creatures long before you can reach the surface.
The vast shale bed that underlies the city came from the mud and clay at the bottom of large bodies of salt water that existed here 66 to 96 million years ago. It holds not just the fossil fuels that gave rise to our local economy, but plenty of fossils offering clues as to which life forms dwelled here. Come learn about them from Louis Jacobs, a vertebrate paleontologist who is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on dinosaurs, mosasaurs and other prehistoric creatures. The talk is being staged at the Petro Bar & Bistro at the Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas as part of a collaboration between Profs and Pints and the national Cambria Hotels brand that seeks to expand access to higher learning in the city.
Citing his field research and excavations in Texas and other parts of the world—including, most recently, Angola—Professor Jacobs will paint a picture of life in an extinct ocean, eerily like that of today yet starkly different. Its residents included huge sea turtles and giant marine lizards. Among the questions he’ll tackle: Why was the ocean here? Where did it go? How do remnants of it help explain our modern earth?
Dr. Jacobs will also describe how paleontologists who are excavating the coastal cliffs of Angola are making finds that the nation sees as a source of pride, and how he prepared fossils uncovered there for display at a special exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.
You’ll walk out more knowledgeable about Texas’s geology and distant past and more aware of the legacy of a strange world beneath your feet. You also might end up feeling younger, more in touch with your inner dinosaur enthusiast, and full of facts that you can repeat to captivate the kids in your life. If you can do that just by coming to the Cambria Hotel, who needs a time machine?
Profs and Pints talks represent a great way to introduce young people to various academic fields. Please note, however, that all talks are delivered on an adult level and may feature mature content. Unless otherwise stated in event descriptions, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
A note from Profs and Pints CEO Peter Schmidt about diversity among presenters:
In my recruitment of speakers I am committed to diversity in all of its forms, including gender, race, and ideological orientation. I encourage any college faculty member interested in being featured by Profs and Pints to click this link for important background on the lectures and workshops that Profs and Pints offers and to email email@example.com for additional information on how to apply.