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TITAN Talks: The Chemistry of Beer & of People


Thursday, February 7, 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Hop Asylum Brewery
138 S Market Street, New Wilmington, PA 16142

We’re in the business of creating human beings at our best. We invite our alumni and extend the invite to our students and friends in the community to learn from our very own faculty scholars and alumni on how we can all live our lives with a mindful purpose. Everyone is invited to partake in this free, three-part series, each featuring two, 30-minute talks. We’re excited to learn and develop our best selves with you through the scope of research and wisdom-based education and learning how your best self impacts community.

In February, Westminster College will take the TITAN Talks up the road to the Hop Asylum Brewery to contextualize the Chemistry of Beer and of People.

Dr. Pete Smith is a professor of chemistry, chair of the department of biochemistry and chemistry, and guest/assistant brewer for the Hop Asylum Brewery. He was featured in their first ever Professor Tap, creating a red IPA called "Chemical Imbalance.” He will offer alumni and community members with the science and chemistry behind the craft of brewing beer. If you have ever wondered why hops are added to beer; why some beer is darker than others; or why some beers are ales and some are lagers, then this is the talk for you.

Dr. Sherri Pataki, associate professor and chair of the psychology department, will take attendees on an adventure as she shares the chemistry of people and the science behind relationships and how to make those connections stronger with the ones you love.


For additional information, please contact Nicole Hunter at or (724) 946-7373.

Reservations due by Friday, February 1, 2019