About Professor Lyrical 


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Professor Lyrical 

Professor Lyrical is an award winning emcee with a legendary pen-game. Equally compelling is his side hustle as an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Faculty Developer at the University of the District of Columbia. Lyrical is a life-long learner and "raptivist," as he was affectionately dubbed by Chuck D. of Public Enemy after they performed and spoke at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Pro earned a bachelor's in Business (Marketing/Econ) as well as a master's of science in Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a doctorate at Northeastern University in Boston where he also taught mathematics for over seven years. This blend makes him an ideal messenger for PD at institutions of all kinds and to deliver such a smart and relevant monster breakout video like "House of Lies" that you have to see to believe.

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Professor Lyrical Biography

Dr. Peter Michael Plourde


Professor Lyrical is an artist and educator known for using the positive aspects of Hip Hop culture to empower citizens to self-advocate for socioeconomic change. As a master-craftsman lyricist, he has consistently published rap records in heavy rotation among college and mix-show stations for two different groups (Invasion and X-Caliber) while winning scores of emcee battles, poetry slams, and other similar lyrical challenges along the way. Lyrical won the inaugural "Pitch & Flow" Emcee Pitch Battle for Environmentally friendly corporate start-ups at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, hosted by legends MC Lyte & DJ D-Nice, while also sharing the stage with Doug E. Fresh. Rap Legend—Chuck D. of Public Enemy—called Pro a "Rapademic Reacher" after sharing billing at Metropolitan State University in Denver for the Sankofa Speaker/Performance Series and publicly implored others to purchase his "Amazing Albook"—a book and album combo entitled "Put Em All To Shame.
Professor Lyrical earned his doctorate degree at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), where he also taught for seven years as an assistant teaching professor of mathematics in the Foundation Year first-year cohort. His dissertation and subsequent research interest is "Increasing STEM degree attainment for underrepresented populations." In the classroom, Professor "Lyrical" Plourde has achieved similar distinction while developing his academic credentials lending to his speaking and performance appeal as a versatile Hip Hop artist, professional developer, and featured/keynote speaker. To date, Pro has spoken and performed at over 100 college and universities (as well as various k-12 institutions), taught over 100 college and university courses, and has recorded and published over 100 songs as a Hip Hop/Spoken Word/Rap recording artist.
Lyrical is currently an associate professor of mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia (where he also directs faculty development for its Community College campus) and was recently named a 2021 QuSTEAM-IBM-HBCU Quantum Education Faculty Scholar (QuSTEAM Content Expert). In addition to his doctorate, he also holds a master of mathematics and a bachelor of business administration with concentrations in marketing and economics from UMass-Lowell. 

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Professor Lyrical - Sample of College/University/Corporate Performances & Talks

National Math Festival "Hip Hop Math with Professor Lyrical" -Talk/Performance/Concert 01/12/21

Colorado University (Denver) –Dismantling the Stereotype, Auraria Gotz Talent -Guest Performance 4/20/21

ARTIVISM w/Dr. Noosh –Center for Identity and Inclusion at Colorado University -Guest Spoken Word Performance 03/21/21

National Math Festival  –“Performing New Steps Together” National Math Festival Presenters -Talk/Performance 05/27/20

Missouri Virtual Academy –"Careers in Education and Training; STEM; Information Technology" (Manchester, MO) -V. Talk Guest Speaker 02/25/20

UDC –"The Power of the March, MLK & a Legacy of Activism, host: Rev. Mark Thompson"(Washington, DC) -Performance and Panelist 01/29/20

Argosy Collegiate Charter High School –"Hip Hop, STEM and STEAM with Professor Lyrical" (Fall River, MA) -Performance and Talk 11/22/19 Success Academy at Knotts –"The Relationship of Speed & Energy (w/My Career as Educator/Arist)" (Kansas City, MO) -V. Talk Presenter 11/04/19

University of the District of Columbia –UDC Film Festival (Washington, DC), -Performance 11/02/19

Guadalupe Centers HS –"How High School is Relevant to me, even if I am not Going to College (Kansas City, MO)- V. Talk Presenter 10/31/19

Kennedy Center –Words Beats & Life Festival (Washington, DC) -Performance 10/06/19

WNBA/Washington Mystics/Deloitte –“MysticSTEM rap” (Washington, DC), halftime Mystics/STEM rap -performance 8/11/19

John Adams Elementary –“Father Figures”(Alexandria, VA) Mentoring men about being a father -Guest Speaker 6/18/19

Johnson & Whales –Prof. Viscardi's Hip Hop Culture Class, Discussion (Providence, RI) -Guest Speaker 05/01/19   

UDC "Ourstories" –Performance & Discussion (Washington, DC) -Host/Performance 03/29/19   

Alden Theatre –TedxTysons (Special Pitch Event), Crampton Auditorium (Maclean, VA) -Performance 03/20/19   

Howard University –TedxLedroitPark, Crampton Auditorium (Washington, DC) -Performance 02/27/19   

League for Innovation Conference –Marriot Marquis (NYC) -Talk & Performance 02/25/19   

UDC "Word of Issues" –Performance & Discussion (Washington, DC) -Host/Performance 11/26/18   

Columbia University –#HipHopEd Conference (Washington, DC) -Paper & Performance 06/10/18   

USA Science & Engineering Festival/AMS –Who Wants to be a Mathematician? (Washington, DC) -Featured Performance 04/06/18 

Arlington Cinema (Arlington, VA) –Awesome NOVA "Awesome Pitch Night," -Performance 4/04/18   

Roger Williams University w/Times2 Academy (Bristol, RI) –“STEM Talks,” -Talk & Performance w/Q&A 03/08/18   

MIT (Cambridge, MA) –Professor Karatsolis Rhetoric Class Visit -Talk/Performance 03/08/18   

Times2 Institute STEM (Warwick, RI) –“STEM Talks,” -Closing Talk & Performance 11/29/17  

Busboys & Poets @ 5th & K (Washington, DC) -Feature Performance/Spoken Word 11/15/17  

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (Washington, DC) –Gender Justice Project Conference, -Performance/Talk 10/20/17  

Howard University (Washington, DC) –Beats & Books (Music industry/education), -Panelist/Talk 10/18/17  

Connecticut College (New London, CT) –Mellon Mays Undergrad Fellowship “Pathways to the Professoriate,” -Lecture 10/09/17  

UDC (Washington, DC) –UDC Film Festival Closing "I Am Not Your Negro," -Performance 09/23/17  

UDC (Washington, DC) –Fall 2017 UDC Convocation Closing Selection, -Performance 09/20/17  

Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) –Pitch & Flow (Lyrical Winner for, -Performance 09/13/17  

Northeastern Univ. (Boston) –"NeXT" Experiential Learning Conference for inaugural cohort 07/19/17  

USC (LA, CA) –Prof. Shafiqa Ahmadi & Darnell Coles' 1st Spoken Justice event Center for Ed. Identity & Soc. Justice, -Feat. Performance 03/09/17  

USC (Los Angeles, CA) –"Dr. V." Class visit, -Discussion 03/08/17    

MIT (Cambridge, MA) –Professor Karatsolis Rhetoric Class Visit "Helping Scientist Communicate Effectively," -Discussion/Performance 03/02/17  

UMass-Boston –Boston Public Library Showcase Massachusetts Hip Hop -Archive, Talk 11/19/16   

Boston Public Library (Rabb Hall) –Shakespeare Smackdown (winner), -Performance/Battle 10/25/16    

SEIU1199 Union Hall (Dorchester, MA), –Hip Hop 4 Flint Boston -Performance 3/19/16    

333 Tremont, Boston, MA –Cipher Divine, Hip Hop Education (Lyricism), -Performance/Class 3/05/16    

MIT (Cambridge, MA) –Professor Karatsolis Rhetoric Class Visit "Helping Scientist Communicate Effectively," -Discussion/Performance 02/18/16    

Landmark College (Putney, VT) –Self-Betterment and Redefining your Identity, -Performance/Talk 02/08/16    

UTEC (Lowell, MA) –Lyricism contest, discussion and performance, -Performance/Talk 01/20/16    

UTEC (Lowell, MA) –Lyricism discussion and performance, -Performance/Talk 12/16/15    

         ~Preparing for Doctoral Dissertation Defense 1/2/15-12/1/15~

Tech Boston Academy, Dorchester, MA -Presentation/Talk w/students 10/01/14    

UMass-Lowell –University Crossing -Performance 9/27/14      

Central Connecticut State University -Performance 9/11/14      

Northeastern University (Boston) –Boston Celtics "Stay in School" event, -Keynote/Performance 5/22/14        

Boston College –Hip Hop, Its History, Its Effects, -Featured Panelist/Performer 5/08/14   

Emerson College –Victory Stride, 60 Years of Civil Rights Progress, -Featured Performer/Speaker 2/26/14    

UMass-Boston –Class Presentation w/Dr. Pacey Foster (Creative Markets and Hip Hop), -Speaker 2/20/14    

Boston College –Black History Month (Hip Hop & Black History), -Panel/Speaker 2/19/14     

Bristol Community College –Gateway Program Guest Speaking Event, -Speaker/Performance 10/11/13  

Northeastern University (Boston) –Incoming Student Event, -Emcee/Host/Speaker/Performance 9/03/13      

Northeastern University (Boston) –Boston Parks & Recreation Summer Concert, -Emcee/Performance 7/22/13   

Northeastern University (Boston) –Boston Celtics "Stay in School" event, -Keynote/Performance 5/23/13   

MIT Media Lab –Museum of Science/Intel Computer Clubhouse, -Speaker/Performance 10/12/12   

Northeastern Univ. (Boston) –Boston Celtics "Stay in School" event, -Keynote/Performance 5/23/12     

Southern NH University (SNHU) –NHHEAF Destination College -Keynote, Speaker/Performance 3/24/12    

New England Institute of Art (Boston) –College wax cylinder recording w/John Krivit, -Workshop Speaker 3/23//12    

Northeastern University (Boston) –Sickle Cell Event w/ Prodigy of Mobb Deep, -Host/Performance 11//10/11 

MCI Norfolk State Prison –La Familia and Young Father's Event, -Speaker/Performance 10//29/11 

Northeastern University (Boston) –LASO.CVS @ AfterHours w/Yunel Cruz, -Performance 10/28/11  

Northeastern University (Boston) –Color in Freedom, -Speaker/Performance 8/21/11    

Possible Project (Cambridge) –High School student entrepreneurialism talk, -Speaker/Performance 8/14/11    

Community Charter School of Cambridge –Career Glimpse, -Speaker/Performance 8/11/11    

Northeastern University (Boston) –Boston Celtics "Stay in School" event, -Keynote/Performance 5/26/11     

Southern NH University (SNHU) –NHHEAF Destination College -Keynote/Performance 3/26/11     

New England Institute of Art (Boston), -Speak/Performance 12/02/10  

Northeastern University (Boston) -Class Presentation w/Prof. Emmett Price, -Speak/Performance 12/01/10  

Showa Institute of Japan (Boston), -Speak/Performance 10/24/10  

Showa Institute of Japan (Boston), -Speak/Performance 5/04/10    

Bay State College –Haley House (Dorchester), -Performance/Benefit 4/22/10    

Southern NH University (SNHU) –NHHEAF Destination College Readiness, -Speak/Performance 3/28/09    

Curry College –Healthy Choices W/District Attorney Keating, -Speak/Performance 3/12/09    

Northeastern University –Sports in Society, -Speak/Performance 5/07/08    

Harvard Graduate School of Education –Black Student Union Youth Day, -Speak/Performance 4/21/08    

Southern NH University (SNHU) –NHHEAF "How College Made the Difference," -Panel/Performance 3/22/08  

Berklee College –Songwriting Department Guest Lecturer, -Speak/Performance 2/19/08    

Harvard Grad School of Education –Black Student Union Youth Day, -Speak/Performance 4/21/07    

Bristol Community College –NE Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges, -Performance 4/20/07    

Bentley College –"The Business & Culture of Hip Hop," -Speak/Performance 4/06/07    

Bentley College –"The Business & Culture of Hip Hop; Historical Context," -Lecture/Performance 4/05/07    

Eastern Nazarene College –Youth Violence Prevention, -Keynote/Performance 4/03/07    

Plymouth State College –8th NHHEAF Destination College, -Panel/Performance 3/17/07    

Harvard Graduate School of Education –Screening of "Beyond Beats & Rhymes," -Panel/Workshop 2/26/07    

Emmanuel College –Screening of "Beyond Beats & Rhymes,” -Panel/Performance 2/01/07    

Democracy Center Harvard –Screening of "Beyond Beats & Rhymes,” -Panel/Performance 1/23/07    

New England Institute of Art –IBS Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS), -Panel/Performance 11/04/06  


Professor Lyrical is an in-demand public speaker and performer who has keynoted numerous events and participated in multiple Tedx Talks as well. A member of X-Caliber, Invasion, and now ProQuo, Pro's impressive catalogue continues to grow while painting a unique picture of his storied history as an elite master-craftsmen lyricist and social justice advocate. A faculty developer and associate professor of mathematics, Pro brings a completely unique perspective to all of his events. Contact him directly at today.

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