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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.

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. 

Below is the statement issued upon the suspension of live talks.



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.

“There's no question of heroism in all this. It's a matter of common decency. That's an idea which may make some people smile, but the only means of fighting a plague is — common decency.”

                                                                    from The Plague by Albert Camus.


Peter Schmidt
Founder and CEO
Profs and Pints

Scheduled Talks: Full Descriptions

  • CANCELLED- 6 pm Tue., March 31st at Church Hall

    “The Science of Inspiration,” a look at how the brain creates, with Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University and co-author of

    The Molecule of More.

    A lateral view of a brain tractogram, which used

    magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computer-based diffusion MRI to create an image of nerve tracts.

    (Image by Aaron G. Filler, MD, PhD.)

    Advance tickets: $12. Door admission: $15, discount of $2 with a student ID. 

    Creative ideas seem to come out of nowhere, often popping into our heads, fully formed, with no apparent work being done on our part. Sometimes creative ideas solve simple problems, other times they revolutionize an industry. Are they divine inspiration? The influence of a friendly muse? Or are they manufactured by hidden circuits within the brain that we’re ordinarily unaware of?

    Come learn what neuroscience tells us about the creative process from Dr. Lieberman, who previously gave fantastic Profs and Pints talks on brain chemistry and politics based on his book The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity―and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race.

    He will review five strategies that activate the creative parts of the brain, with illustrations from ancient history and modern life.

    Our modern economy is no longer based on natural resources or physical labor. It’s based on ideas. Understanding creativity—what it is, where it comes from, and how to stimulate it—gives us the key to understanding progress in the 21st century.

    Whether the next creative task in front of you involves coming up with a strategic plan, writing a book, or simply helping build a snowman, you'll leave this talk with a much better understanding of how your brain will rise to the challenge.


    You might even find yourself better at such tasks than you had been before.

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