Varsity Tutors: The Women of Alchemy

Programs, Lectures & Talks
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. EDT (UTC -4)

Join us for a Varsity Tutors virtual class to learn the secrets behind the chemistry of the alchemical laboratory.


Detail of Oil Painting: Early Italian Pharmacy

Detail of Early Italian Pharmacy, 1600s.

Science History Institute

Alchemists are wizard-like thinkers who tried to turn lead into gold and looked for a way to live forever. But who practiced alchemy? History tells us most alchemists were men, but is that true?

Institute fellow Meagan Allen will lead this live, interactive class hosted by Varsity Tutors, where students will learn about some of the women who practiced alchemy and why so little exists of them in the historical record. Then they will learn how to concoct a chocolatey treat using an alchemical tool, the bain-marie.

About the Speaker

Meagan S. Allen is the Cain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Science History Institute. She received her PhD from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Indiana University in 2021. Her research focuses on the intersection of alchemy and pharmacology in the 13th century, specifically in the works of Roger Bacon.

About Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors is a live-learning platform that seamlessly connects learners to experts in more than 3,000 subjects. Since 2007, the company has been investing in online learning technology, built new-to-the-world capabilities, and assembled some of the most talented tutors, educators, and instructors across the U.S. to help deliver that mission. Through one-on-one instruction, small group classes, large-format group classes, and adaptive self-study, Varsity Tutors has created a live-learning destination to meet the needs of all students.