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About Professor Lyrical 

Cultivating Equitable Communities | Fostering Inclusive Environments | Creating Brave Spaces

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Listen to a powerful spoken word performance by Professor Lyrical!

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Professor Lyrical 
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Photo Credit: Raymond Jones

Pro Appearances, Talks, Performances, Workshops, and More!

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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. Equally compelling is his "side-hustle" as an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia, a public land-grant (HBCU) in Washington DC, where he also directs faculty development for its associate programs within its embedded community college.  

A regularly contracted public speaker, performer and faculty developer, Dr. Plourde is also a QuSTEAM Subject Matter Expert. The QuSTEAM initiative (Convergent undergraduate education in Quantum Science,  Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is developing a transformative and convergent undergraduate curriculum to provide a national education model for the emerging field of quantum information science and engineering and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator. Similarly, Dr. Plourde is also part of a grant funded UDC team working to develop the first Associates of Science degree in Quantum Information Science (QIS).  

As a master-craftsman lyricist and award-winning rapper and spoken word poet, Pro has consistently published records in heavy rotation among college/mix-show stations for three different groups (X-Caliber, Invasion, and most recently with ProQuo) and has had music placed in various movies and numerous advertisement campaigns. Lyrical has competed in some of the most prestigious rap battles in history (Battle for World Supremacy, Zulu Nation NYC, Pitch & Flow DC, Boston Super Bowl Battles, etc.), including winning the Pitch & Flow Battle at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (a battle which paired “dope, socially-conscious emcees with green entrepreneurs and corporations in accordance with UN sustainability goals”). After the Pitch & Flow Battle, Pro was recruited to speak and perform in two DMV area TEDx events and soon after caught the ear of Mazi Mutafa, Executive Director of Words, Beats & Life (WB&L), where he now serves as a Hip Hop Lyricism instructor and contributor to various events in conjunction with WB&L and its partnership with the Kennedy Center.  

Professor Lyrical was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and first taught high school mathematics for Lowell High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing/Econ) as well as a Master of Science in Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a Doctorate at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he also taught mathematics for over seven years as an assistant teaching professor. Pro has taught over 150 course sections (over 100 in mathematics, and several others in music and music business) at 13 different college and universities and has spoken and performed at over 100 different colleges and university events. Pro and ProQuo are currently distributed by Sony Orchard via Family & Friends Entertainment which distributes its Freedom Corner Brand parent label, which in turn directly distributes Pro’s own Dotted “i” Music & Entertainment imprint. After several weeks on the charts, including plays by DJ Tony Touch on SiriusXM Shade 45, Pro's latest solo release, “Yo That’s Pro,” hit #1 on, www.RapAttaclives.com, the longest running national college Hip Hop charts on July 4th, 2022. 

New Professor Lyrical Podcast Appearances

Photo Credit: Raymond Jones

Professor Lyrical Biography
(See & Hear Podcasts & Academic Speaking/Performing Engagements - Bottom of Page)

Dr. Peter Michael Plourde

House of Lies (full video)

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Video Intro of Talib Kweli ft. Pro at Grand Rapids Community College 4/6/22

Full Video Talib Kweli ft. Pro Lyrical Intro at Grand Rapids Community College 4/6/22

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

Physics Fiesta -Solorio Academy HS, Chicago, Il - Rap performance of Yo That's Pro & STEAM SONG 3/18/22

LA County "Our SPOT" -Professional development session, Positive Youth Development via Hip Hop Culture 3/12/22

Verizon Innovative Learning –Young Men of Color Workshop -Guest Speaker 01/29/22

Amani Public Charter School (Mt. Vernon-NY) Poetry Workshop & Slam -Speaker/Performer 06/01/21

Pound the Mic (Poetry Slam, Winner) Haverhill, MA (Online) 04/23/21

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

National Math Festival (Syracuse, NY) –"Rapping With The Professor" (The Math of Songwriting) 04/17/21

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

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

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 Sunculture.com), -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

University of Colorado Denver –SANKOFA Speaker Series with Dr. Robert Clift, Chuck D & Professor Lyrical, -Performer/Speaker 9/26/14

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

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 Lyrical@ProfessorLyrical.com today.

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