Brains in a Bar

The Association of Rice Alumni’s Brains in a Bar series, which mixes socializing and learning in a fun and casual environment, has gone virtual! Craft your own cocktail or bring your favorite drink and hear from a lineup of incredible Rice faculty – no matter where you are in the world.

Past Speakers

Yvette Pearson Brains in a Bar

Jeffrey Kripal

Dean Desroches Brains in a Bar



Business plans don't necessarily capture the fragile moments just before and after any new enterprise launch. The ability to anticipate and recognize unexpected challenges and opportunities can mean the difference between success and failure. In "Beyond the Business Plan: Start-up Lessons Learned Through the Unexpected," Chaz Lusk '08 led a discussion covering the essential but frequently overlooked aspects of new enterprise development.


Nicole Van Den Heuvel '81

Nicole Van Den Heuvel ’81 led an interactive session about the value and importance of branding yourself. Guests learned what this means, best practices to get ahead in the workplace and how to expand your Rice network.



What does it mean to be Irish? For many people in Ireland and the Irish diaspora, the answers to that question may range from ‘being white and Catholic’ to having ‘Irish roots.’ But what about people and groups that do not fit these rigid categories and racialized identities? This talk explored these issues by presenting interview data of young first- and second-generation Pakistani Muslim and non-Muslim men living in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Craig Considine, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with family links in County Clare, Ireland, re-imagined Irish identity by addressing its fluidity throughout history and during the 21st century.