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Between Sacred & Profane: Psychedelic Culture, Drug Spiritualites, and Contemporary America
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.

Apr 21, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Erik Davis
Erik Davis is an author, award-winning journalist, and independent scholar based in San Francisco. He is the author, most recently, of High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies, co-published by MIT Press and Strange Attractor. He graduated from Yale University in 1988, and more recently earned his PhD in religious studies at Rice University. www.techgnosis.com
Gary Laderman
Gary Laderman is Goodrich C. White Professor American Religious History and Cultures in the Department of Religion at Emory University. His new book is Don't Think About Death: A Memoir on Mortality. He’s written on the history of death in America and on the sacred in American religious life. He helped to launch and run Religion Dispatches and Sacred Matters, just started a new podcast, Sacrilegious with Gary Laderman, and is writing a book on religion and drugs.