- June 25, 2016
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
The Center for Psychedelic Therapy and Research is presenting the excellent documentary film, Psychedelic Mysticism: The Good Friday Experiment & Beyond by Susan Gervasi. After the film, stay for a panel discussion with Dr. Bill Richards, Rev. Mike Young and filmmaker Susan Gervasi.
Dr. Richards is a collaborator and colleague of Dr. Walter Pahnke, who is featured in the film. Rev. Mike Young was one of the divinity students who took psilocybin in the famous group experiment at the Marsh Chapel of Boston University in 1962 that is the subject of the film. Filmmaker Susan Gervasi captured the cultural backdrop of the landmark experiment as well as a look at the personal lives of those involved in the experiment, including Dr. Ralph Metzner, Dr. Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) and Dr. Timothy Leary.
The film is an official selection of two 2016 film festivals: The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival in Evansville, Indiana, and the Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland.
William A. (Bill) Richards, STM, Ph.D., is a psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he and his colleagues have pursued research with entheogens for the past 15 years., and also a clinician in private practice in Baltimore. His graduate training in clinical psychology and the psychology of religion included studies at Yale University, the University of Göttingen, Andover-Newton Theological School, Brandeis University, and Catholic University. After encountering psilocybin research in Germany in 1963, he pursued psychotherapy research with LSD, DPT, MDA and psilocybin at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center from 1967-1977. Columbia University Press has published his new book, Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences, which is a required textbook for the certificate program.
Rev. Mike Young currently the Interim Minister for the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in Canoga Park, CA. He has served Unitarian Universalist churches in Palo Alto, CA; West Los Angeles, CA; Tampa, Florida; St. Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands; Honolulu, Hawai'i, Waterville, Maine; Studio City, CA; and Venice, FL. That's 51 years of continuous ministry. A graduate of the University of Redlands and Andover Newton Theological School, Rev. Young was one of the earliest Unitarian Universalist Community Ministers, serving as UU Campus Minister at Stanford University '65-69 and later working to develop innovative juvenile programs for the Los Angeles Juvenile Court '69-'82. He has been very active in the communities he has served, and has received several awards for interfaith, inter-racial and social justice activities.
Susan Gervasi is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her newest film, Psychedelic Mysticism: The Good Friday Experiment & Beyond, (2015), investigates a ground-breaking 1962 psilocybin experiment and the troubled history of legal psychedelic research. Susan has published more than 60 articles in The Washington Post, contributed to Washington City Paper, and syndicated stories to The New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Detroit Free Press and other major newspapers. Her 2008 documentary, On the Trail of Jack Thorp, won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Film, and screened at the White Sands International Film Festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico; the Gene Autry, Oklahoma Film & Music Festival; the Delray Beach, Florida Film Festival; Maryland's Utopia Film Festival and Toronto's ReelHeART film festival.
This event is an educational program of the CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research in collaboration with CIIS Public Programs & Performances.