As part of the “Psychedelics and the Future of Religion” series, Dr. J. Christian Greer will host a discussion panel with Dr. Erik Davis and Dr. Gary Laderman, focusing on the intersection of psychedelic culture, sacred drugs, and the modern American zeitgeist. Dr. Erik Davis is an author, scholar, and award-winning journalist behind the groundbreaking study of psychedelic culture and technology, TechGnosis (1998), and most recently, High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies (2019). Dr. Laderman is the Goodrich C. White Professor of American Religious History and Cultures at Emory University, and the author of numerous books on American religion, including his recent work, Don't Think About Death: A Memoir on Mortality (2020), and an upcoming monograph on the drugs Americans hold sacred, including psychedelics as well as also caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals.
In their wide-ranging conversation, this distinguished panel of experts will address spiritualities centered on psychoactive substances, the material culture of psychedelia, and the potential role humanities scholars could play in the current wave of clinical research on psychedelics.
This event is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of World Religions, Chacruna, Esalen, and the RiverStyx Foundation.