October Prof and a Pint

Over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, psychoactive substances from opiates, cannabis to coffee underwent rapid globalization. Enlightenment thinkers were by no means immune to the allure of these novel drugs. Scientists and physicians tried to discover the “occult virtues” of these drugs through an array of experimental methods, including testing drugs on themselves. This talk explores how the globalization of drugs in the eighteenth century influenced Enlightenment-era science, commerce, and technology. It does so through three case studies: Jesuits observing ayahuasca ceremonies in South America, East India Company merchants sampling cannabis in South Asia, and the strange story of the invention of nitrous oxide. 

When Drugs Became Global:
Technologies of Intoxication in the Enlightenment
Professor Ben Breen
Monday, October 15, 2018
6:30—8 p.m.
Forager Tasting Room & Eatery
in Downtown, San Jose

Please join us for A Prof and A Pint, a monthly series of informal discussions, served over dinner and drinks, at Forager Tasting Room and Eatery. Brought to you by UC Santa Cruz Alumni, and helping to celebrate 2018 as the Year of Alumni, each talk will engage a UC Santa Cruz faculty member or grad student in discussion with you, the local community of Silicon Valley. Talks are held on the 2nd Monday of each month (except for our October Prof & A Pint!). Topics include everything from organic artichokes to endangered zebras. Self-driving cars to Shakespeare. Audience participation is encouraged. Enjoy a great meal and learn something while you eat!

Entry is free, but please consider ordering some food and drinks to support *Forager, our host.