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Profs & Pints DC: Goddess of Spring and the Underworld

June 12, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

$12. – $13

Profs and Pints DC presents: “Goddess of Spring and the Underworld,” an introduction to the Greek goddess Persephone in her many incarnations, with Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, former instructors at Ohio State University and co-founders of the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic.

Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman have earned a huge following among Profs and Pints fans by delivering fantastic talks on folklore, myths, legends, and fantasy. Profs and Pints is ecstatic to announce that, after a pandemic-inducted hiatus of more than two years, they’re going to be back on its stage in Washington D.C.

Fittingly, the first of the two talks they’ll be delivering on June 12th delves into themes of dormancy and reemergence, by looking at the spring goddess Persephone and the many ways in which she has inspired the human imagination.

The story of Hades and Persephone is one of the most famous—and most retold—episodes in Greek mythology. Persephone’s abduction, her interlude in the Underworld, and her partial return to the world above have inspired statues and webcomics, ancient cults and contemporary poetry. Thousands of years after her tale was first told, we’re still fascinated by this goddess.

Sara and Brittany will discuss how Persephone’s appeal lies in her liminality in being caught between two very different worlds and lives. She represents spring, renewal, and rebirth because Earth blooms with her return, but she’s also the Queen of the Underworld. From a 21st-century perspective, she’s basically a goth girl adorned with a flower crown.

They’ll also look at Persephone’s mythic roots, including their connections to the Eleusinian Mysteries. And then we’ll dive into some of the ways that Persephone has been revised and retold in recent years, from the Tony award-winning musical Hadestown to the webcomic Lore Olympus to memes and fairy tales and fashion.

After all, why be just one thing when you can be the queen of spring and darkness? (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, save $2 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later. Please allow yourself time to place any orders and get seated and settled in. The Bier Baron will be requiring event attendees to purchase a minimum of two items, which can be food or beverages, including soft drinks.)

Image: From “Proserpine” (Persephone) painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1882. (Birmingham Museums Trust / Wikimedia Commons.)


June 12, 2022
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
$12. – $13
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