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 tentatively planning to resume its talks in venues in September 2021. The exact timing will depend on guidance from federal, state, and local public health officials and college administrations' abandonment of pandemic-related bans on faculty members' public speaking and travel. Check back here for details. Venues interested in hosting Profs and Pints events, and people interested in becoming Profs and Pints speakers or hosts, should email


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Profs and Pints is bringing a fantastic new nightlife alternative to Philadelphia with great talks at the  

Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City 

219 South Broad Street


Keep an eye out for its expansion to other venues in and around Philadelphia and get your name on the metro Philadelphia  mailing list using the online form below.

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(2020 EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC) 6 pm Tues., March 17th (St. Patrick's Day) at the

Cambria Hotel Philadelphia-Downtown Center City

“A Lesson in Irish (Gaeilge),”

with Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, lecturer in Irish Gaelic at the University of Pennsylvania. 


The flags of Ireland's Four Provinces: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster

Advance ticket: $12. Door: $15, save $2 with a student ID.

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an introduction to the Irish language and culture.  


We'll cover basic pronunciation and phrases, including some about our favorite activities for 17 Mí an Mhárta, like ceol (music) and craic (a good time). And we'll see how “An Ghaeilge” differs from its neighboring languages. 

What makes Celtic languages distinctively Celtic?  We'll unravel the linguistic mysteries of “séimhiú” and “urú,” the latter also being used for an eclipse of the sun or moon. And how does that relate to language?  Bí linn (join us) to find out.


You'll learn how some Irish words are very recognizable for an English speaker, like “pionta” for “pint.” Others are much less transparent, like “ollúna” for “professors,” or, as we say here, “profs.” And when we put “ollúna” in actual phrases, it may end up like “hollúna” or “n-ollúna,” or in the older spelling system “ollamhna.” Confused? Don't worry. The only requirement is that all have fun.


Of course, we'll also acknowledge the life and accomplishments of Naomh Pádraig himself (although the snakes bit is a little iffy, considering the geology of Ireland.)

We'll close the session with your new-found language skills and try a couple of Irish language singalong songs with simple choruses.  You'll leave ready to paint the town green. 

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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. 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 for additional information on how to apply.