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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, horticulture, literature, creative writing, and personal finance. 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 ticket 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 email@example.com.
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- Profs & Pints Annapolis: Those Who Left IrelandGraduate Annapolis, Annapolis, MD
Profs and Pints Annapolis 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/dundalk/ ]
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. Doors open at 4 pm and talk starts at 5:30 pm, a half hour earlier than previous talks at this location.)
Image: A Dublin sculpture by Rowan Fergus Meredith Gillespie memorializes victims of Ireland’s great famine. (Photo by William Murphy / Creative Commons.)
- Profs & Pints Annapolis: Captain Cook's Last VoyageGraduate Annapolis, Annapolis, MD
Profs and Pints Annapolis presents: “Captain Cook’s Last Voyage,” on a famed mariner’s exploits and demise, with Justin M. Jacobs, professor of history at American University and scholar of the history of archaeology and of the travels of Captain Cook.
[Advance tickets: $13.50 plus sales tax and processing fees. Available at https://profsandpints.ticketleap.com/cook/ ]
Over the span of little more than a decade in the late 18th century, Captain James Cook embarked on three of the most consequential maritime voyages in history, capping a meteoric career in which he rose from the depths of rural poverty to receive global fame and accolades.
Cook’s first two voyages were marked by near-fatal encounters and groundbreaking scientific discoveries, but it’s his third that became the stuff of legend.
Join historian Justin M. Jacobs, a favorite of Profs and Pints fans, as he retraces Cook’s final Pacific voyage in a talk lavishly illustrated with the work of Cook’s shipboard artists and supplemented with newly drawn satellite maps.
We’ll stop along the way at nearly every island or coastline where Cook’s ships laid anchor. We’ll examine Cook’s surprising responses to the Māori cannibalism of his crew and learn about Cook’s narrow escape from plots on his life on Tonga.
Professor Jacobs will discuss how Cook was invited to join a Tahitian war fleet and give an account of Cook’s harrowing sail through deadly icebergs in the Bering Strait. Finally, he’ll talk about Cook’s attempted kidnapping of a Hawaiian chief—a foolish act that led to Cook’s untimely demise.
It’s a talk that will give you newfound appreciation of an age of oceanic exploration and scientific discovery and the huge risks involved. (Doors: $17, or $15 with a student ID. Doors open at 4 pm and talk starts at 5:30 pm.)
Image: Cook's ships Resolution and Discovery off Tahiti, as painted by Samuel Atkins around 1800.