Profs and Pints has expanded online using the Crowdcast platform to further democratize access to higher learning and provide people access to  hiqh-quality scholarly talks while social distancing. Below are both a schedule of upcoming talks and an archive where you can access to the recordings of great talks that you might have missed.  

Upcoming Talks

Recorded talks available for viewing

Queen Guinevere's Maying, a 1900 painting by John Collier.

The Women of

King Arthur Legends

with Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, former instructors at The Ohio State University and co-founders of the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic. (Talk on sale for $10.)

U.S. Route 163 at Monument Valley in Utah.

The Great American

Road Trip

with Allen Pietrobon, assistant professor of Global Affairs at Trinity Washington University and former professorial lecturer of history at American University. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

Children were terrified on ending up in iron lungs during the 1953 polio epidemic. (Photo from Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, Downey, California.)

Epidemics in American History

with Allen Pietrobon, assistant professor of Global Affairs at Trinity Washington University and former professorial lecturer of history at American University.

(Talk on sale for $10.) 

Benjamin Franklin as depicted in a 1767 painting by David Martin. (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.)

The Nine Lives of

Benjamin Franklin

with Richard Bell, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

Rusalka and her daughter, an engraving by

I. Volkov published in 1899.


Mermaid Tales

a discussion of the enigmatic water spirits of Russia, with folklorist Philippa Rappoport of George Washington University. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

Lars Krutak with Pius, one of the last

Makonde tattoo masters of Mozambique.

(Photo by Lars Krutak.)

A World Heritage of Tattooing

with Dr. Lars Krutak, anthropologist, research associate at the Museum of International Folk Art, co-editor of Ancient Ink: The Archaeology of Tattooing, and former host of the Discovery Channel's Tattoo Hunter. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

An epidemiologist tests blood samples for pertussis during a 2010 outbreak in Ohio. (Photo from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.)


Understanding Epidemiology

with Cara Frankenfeld, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at George Mason University. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

Perhaps no one in your neighborhood

is quite as clever.


Raccoons Unmasked

with John Hadidian, urban wildlife expert and instructor in natural resources for Virginia Tech. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

New York City's Deputy Police Commissioner

John A. Leach, right, watches agents waste good liquor on the city's rats following a raid.

(Library of Congress photo.)


Speaking of Speakeasies

a discussion of prohibition and its boozy effects, with Allen Pietrobon, assistant professor of Global Affairs at Trinity Washington University and former professorial lecturer of history at American University.

(Talk on sale for $10.) 

Alexander Hamilton as painted by John Trumball and George Washington as painted by

Gilbert Stuart.


Hamilton and Washington

a look at history underlying the hit Hamilton musical, with Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history at George Washington University and lecturer at Mount Vernon. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

The Witch, No. 1, c. 1892 lithograph by Joseph E. Baker


Witches and Witch Hunts

with Mikki Brock, associate professor of history at Washington and Lee University and scholar of demonology, witchcraft, and early modern Scotland. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

Social distancing will be difficult in slums such as this one in Kenya, where droughts linked to climate change have exacerbated poverty and fueled migration from the countryside to cities. (Photo by Claudio Allia.)

Coronavirus and

Climate Change

with Olufemi Taiwo, assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University and scholar of postcolonialism and issues related to environmental justice. (Talk on sale for $10.)

Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) and her lawyer Gloria Allred on the steps of the Supreme Court, 1989. (Photo by Lorie Shaull.)

Before and After

Roe v. Wade

with Sara Matthiesen, professor of history and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at George Washington University. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

Cthulhu as rendered by the artist Benoît Stella


Cthulhu and the Klan

a look at H.P. Lovecraft’s race problem, with Peter Herman. lecturer of theology and religious studies at Marymount University and scholar of religious and social themes in science fiction. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

Take a class that will help you win over friends in Ireland if you travel there.


Intro to Gaelic

with Jennifer O’Riordan, native of Cork and former assistant director of Irish Studies and Irish language instructor at Catholic University. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

“The Plague at Ashdod,” a 1630 painting by Nicolas Poussin.

Covid-19, Humans, and Pandemics

with Rui Diogo, associate professor of anatomy at Howard University's College of Medicine and resource faculty member at George Washington University's Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

A bank run early in the Great Depression.

(Social Security Administration photo.)

Our Current Crash and Economic History

with Trevor Jackson, assistant professor of economic history at George Washington University and teacher of courses on inequality and economic crises. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

Voting booths might go unused if people cannot get to them safely and end up voting by mail instead. (Image from

Covid-19 and

Election 2020

a look at our politics in the midst of pandemic, with David Barker, professor of government and director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

Asian Americans were involved with the Black Panther Party in a period when social movements conceived of identity in broader terms.

How the Elite Captured Identity Politics

with Olufemi Táíwò , assistant professor of political philosophy and ethics at Georgetown University and scholar of activism and the black radical tradition. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

Some of us complain about "herding cats," but the Norwegian goddess Freya managed to get cats to pull her chariot.


Folkloric Felines

a look at cats in folklore and fairy tales,

with Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, former instructors at The Ohio State University and

co-founders of The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic. (Talk on sale for $10.) 

The political power of John D. Rockefeller was the target of this Horace Taylor cartoon published in The Verdict, a magazine from his era.

Make America

Gilded Again?

a look at America’s “Gilded Age” and how

it compares to our current time, with

Allen Pietrobon, assistant professor of

Global Affairs at Trinity Washington University and former professorial lecturer of history at American University. 

Five-Way Portrait of Marcel Duchamp, 1917. (National Portrait Gallery.)

The Art of

Marcel Duchamp

with Lisa Lipinski, assistant professor of art history at the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and teacher of a graduate art history seminar on Duchamp and his legacy there. 

Bob Marley performing at Dublin's Dalymount Park in 1980. (Photo by Eddie Malin/Wikimedia Commons)


Lessons from Bob Marley

an insider’s perspective on a musical revolutionary and healer, with Vivien Goldman, a New York University adjunct professor who teaches a course on Bob Marley and is the author of two books on him. 

Silk Road explorer Aurel Stein and his team in the Taklamakan Desert, 1908. M. Aurel Stein, Ruins of Desert Cathay: Personal Narrative of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China, vol. 2 (London: Macmillan, 1912)

Meet the Real

Indiana Jones

with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University and author of Indiana Jones in History: From Pompeii to the Moon.  

A soldier stands guard on the corner of 7th & N Street NW in Washington D.C. near smoldering buildings destroyed during the 1968 unrest over the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Urban Uprisings

Then and Now

with Ashley Howard, assistant professor of history and African American studies at the University of Iowa, former assistant professor of history at Loyola University New Orleans, and scholar of urban unrest in the 1960s.

A mass arrest of Hong Kong protesters in May. (Photo by Studio Incendo/Wikipedia Commons.) 

Hong Kong—Laboratory for Cold War?

with Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center's Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. 

Brothel, a 1562 painting by the Flemish artist Joachim Beuckelaer. 


Saints and Harlots

a look at women and sexuality in premodern

Europe, with Amy Leonard, associate professor of history at Georgetown University and author of

Nails in the Wall: Catholic Nuns in Reformation Germany. 

The AIDS Memorial Quilt laid out beside

the Washington Monument.

(National Institutes of Health photo.)

Applying AIDS

Lessons to Covid-19

with Joseph Osmundson, professor of biology at New York University, expert on molecular microbiology, author, and queer activist. 

Julie Newmar as Catwoman in 1966, during the first season of the Batman television series.


On Gender and Cats

a feminist exploration of how we think about felines, with Crys Stuvland, lecturer at Howard University and scholar of cats in popular culture.

Police patrol Ferguson, Missouri, during protests over the 2014 killing of Michael Brown by a police officer. (Photo by Jamelle Bouie.)


On the Abolition of Police

with Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University and scholar of activism, anti-colonial thought, and the Black Radical Tradition.

A belted kingfisher as painted by

John James Audubon.


The Wonder of Birds

an introduction to the basics of ornithology, with Peter English, scholar of avian biology and behavior, bird guide, and assistant professor of biology at the University of Texas at Austin.


From a police mug shot taken of Josef Stalin in 1902, when he was 23 years old.


What Drives Dictators

with Dean Haycock, neurobiologist, former

instructor at Brown University, and author of both Tyrannical Minds and Murderous Minds.

Lin-Manuel Miranda in the title role of his musical Hamilton, April 20, 2016.

(Photo by Steve Jurvetson.)


Hamilton’s History Remix

a critical look at the musical and the people and events it depicts, with Richard Bell, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland. (This talk will only be available to view in recorded form through August 31, 2020.)

The May 2017 removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Lee Circle in New Orleans. (Wikimedia Commons.)


Monumental Controversies

with Fred Bohrer, professor of art and archaeology at Hood College, art historian, and creator of the website Monumental Anxiety: An Anti-Guide to the Monuments of Washington, D.C.

A Sam Droege photograph of Augochlorella aurata, a common bee of the eastern North America.


Portraits of Bees

with Sam Droege, biologist at the U.S.G.S. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, developer of online identification guides to native bees, and guest lecturer at colleges and universities.

From a portrait of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton painted by Ralph Earl in 1787. (Museum of the City of New York.)


The Women of Hamilton

with Cassandra Good, assistant professor of history at Marymount University and author of Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic.

A tiger shark off of the Bahamas.

(Photo by Albert Kok.)


The Fight to Save Sharks

with David Shiffman, marine conservation biologist, environmental policy consultant, and adjunct instructor at Arizona State University’s New College.

Profs and Pints talks are 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. 

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