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Profs and Pints (https://www.profsandpints.com) brings professors and other college instructors into bars, cafes, and other venues to give fascinating talks or to conduct instructive workshops. They cover a wide range of subjects, including history, politics, popular culture, literature, law, economics, and philosophy. Anyone interested in learning and in meeting people with similar interests should join. Lectures are structured to allow at least a half hour for questions and an additional hour for audience members to meet each other. Admission to Profs and Pints events requires the purchase of tickets, either in advance (through the link provided in event descriptions) or at the door to the venue. Many events sell out in advance. Your indication on Meetup of your intent to attend an event constitutes neither a reservation nor payment for that event.
Although Profs and Pints has a social mission--expanding access to higher learning while offering college instructors a new income source--it is NOT a 501c3. It was established as a for-profit company in hopes that, by developing a profitable business model, it would be able to spread to other communities much more quickly than a nonprofit dependent on philanthropic support. That said, it is welcoming partners and collaborators as it seeks to build up audiences and spread to new cities. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Profs & Pints Richmond: Those Who Left IrelandTriple Crossing Beer - Fulton, Richmond, VA
Profs and Pints Richmond presents: “Those Who Left Ireland,” a look at what drove the Irish diaspora and at the destinies of the Emerald Isle’s emigrants, with Matthew Dziennik, associate professor of History at the United States Naval Academy and scholar of the British Empire.
[Advance tickets: $13.50 plus sales tax and processing fees. Available at https://profsandpints.ticketleap.com/cork/ .]
The story of Irish immigration to the United States often gets told through the horrific accounts of the two million people who left Ireland during the potato famine of the 1840s and 1850s. What is less well remembered is that for more than 200 years before that period emigration had already been a common feature of life in Ireland.
Gain a deeper understanding of the long history of Irish emigration with Matthew Dziennik, who teaches British and Irish history at the United States Naval Academy and who has published on the role of Irishmen in the American and French Revolutions.
We will follow in the footsteps of the political prisoners, soldiers, merchants, weavers, and peasants who took flight to all parts of the globe, including Europe, North America, Asia, and Australasia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. You will learn about the history of Ireland in this period and how emigration was both a voluntary and involuntary response to the conditions of the time.
You’ll also hear about the complex lives of Irish immigrants. Some ventured forth to escape British rule and fought against the crown in the armies of Louis XIV, George Washington, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Others served the British Empire and helped make it a global empire. Some did both. The Ireland of this period was a complicated place that defies easy explanations.
At the end, we will explore what emigration before the potato famine says about Ireland and Irish history and how the story of Irish emigration is essential to understanding the nation’s present. Irish migration is the story of harsh economic realities, new opportunities, and a population caught in the midst of seismic change. Learning about it is the perfect way to get geared up for Saint Patrick’s Day. (Doors: $17, or $15 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later.)
Image: A Dublin sculpture by Rowan Fergus Meredith Gillespie memorializes victims of Ireland’s great famine. (Photo by William Murphy / Creative Commons.)
- Profs & Pints Richmond: Fairies and ChangelingsTriple Crossing Beer - Fulton, Richmond, VA
Profs and Pints Richmond presents: “Fairies and Changelings,” a look at how lives and cultures have been influenced by beliefs in fairies and in their ability to steal and replace children, with Debra Lattanzi Shutika, associate professor of folklore at George Mason University and associate editor of the Journal of American Folklore.
[ Advance tickets: $13.50 plus sales tax and processing fees. Available at https://profsandpints.ticketleap.com/swapped/ ]
Don’t let film portrayals of a kind Tinkerbell or doting Fairy Godmother fool you. The fairies that originally sprang out of folklore and became real in people’s minds were beings to be feared, capable of causing mayhem, and even death, among us mere mortals. And one of their most feared habits was kidnapping human children and replacing them with “changelings” from their own realm.
Come hear such beliefs discussed by Dr. Debra Lattanzi Shutika, a folklorist and former Fulbright scholar who traveled to Ireland to research its fairy beliefs and now serves as director of the Mason-Library of Congress Field School for Cultural Documentation. She’ll take us on a folkloristic and literary exploration of fairies and changelings in contemporary oral tradition, fantasy, and young adult literature. And she’ll look at how the impact of belief in fairies and changeling often has been very, very real.
To acquaint us with the lingering power of fairy folklore, she’ll offer accounts from Ireland of claimed cases of “fairy enchantment”—blamed by people for mishaps such as becoming lost in fields at night—and discuss the great lengths that developers and road planners go to there to avoid cutting down trees where fairies are thought to live or gather.
Her discussion of changelings will cover how fairies were thought to steal human children and leave something else in their place—typically the offspring of a fairy, troll, goblin, or some other folkloric creature, but sometimes an enchanted piece of wood or an infant sculpted from ice. Disturbingly, fairy believers of past centuries sometimes labelled as “changelings” children who were born with birth defects or manifested some misunderstood medical or psychological condition as they grew older. Such explanations served to enable parents to distance themselves from such children and justify neglecting them or, in some cases, simply abandoning them in the woods for fairies to take back. Beliefs in changelings reflected concerns about not just disability and vulnerability but a variety of other differences—physical, social, economic, or gendered.
In looking at how authors have derived works of fiction from changeling and fairy beliefs, she’ll discuss Eloise McGraw’s The Moorchild, Graham Joyce’s Some Kind of Fairy Tale, and Thomas Tryon’s The Other.
This talk might replace your previous assumptions about the human imagination and actual human behavior with something a lot more interesting and complicated. (Doors: $17, or $15 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later.)
Image: A cropped monochrome print of “The Changeling,” a 1780 work by Henry Fuseli on display at the Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland. (Wikimedia Commons.)