The Paris Institute for Critical Thinking (PICT) is an independent, non-profit educational organization devoted to the humanities and arts. And while the quality of its lectures, courses, and conferences could rival any university, PICT has no course prerequisites or grades. Instead, the institute’s doors are open to learners of all ages and backgrounds, with the only precondition being a passion for critical thinking. Why start or join such an endeavor rather than stay at a traditional university? What are the challenges and rewards of being an academic-at-large? And what is the place and future of institutions like PICT in the landscape of higher education? Come join PICT co-founders Evrim Emir-Sayers and David Selim Sayers as they discuss academic life beyond the university!