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Thursday, August 17

7:45pm PDT

Rebranding Psilocybin — From Magic Mushrooms to Modern Medicine

Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and a reporter covering a wide range of religious figures and movements in the United States. He has written several books. Lattin’s work has appeared in many U.S. magazines and newspapers. He has also worked as a consultant and commentator for several television programs. Lattin teaches religion writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. Especially notable of his previous books is The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America traces the efforts of four notable players who brought LSD to the attention of the world: Leary, Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass), Smith, and Weil. Lattin will be coming to Telluride to discuss his new book Changing Our Minds -- Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, which features quite a bit about the new wave of FDA-approved psilocybin research. He also plans to “share some stories of my own explorations in the underground mushroom therapy world, and with other sacred plant medicines.”

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Don Lattin

Don Lattin is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books. His most recent work, CHANGING OUR MINDS - Psychedelic Sacraments and the New Psychotherapy, was published in the spring of 2017. It chronicles a quiet revolution underway in our understanding of how psychedelic drugs work and how they can be used to treat depression and addiction, along with providing spiritual and psychological insight for "the betterment of well people... Read More →

Thursday August 17, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
Friday, August 18

7:30pm PDT

The Meaning of Life in Ten Mushrooms

Despite their abundant peculiarities, mushrooms behave according to the same rules that govern human existence. This means that a study of the fungi can help us understand how we work and why we do so. The claim that mycological inquiry can reveal why we exist may be surprising for people who think that science does not answer the why things happen sort of questions. This is illogical, however, given widespread confidence in the claim that we know why mushrooms exist. In this presentation, Nicholas shares a combination of mycological and philosophical stories to reveal what ten beautiful mushrooms can tell us about our own being. Life will never seem the same. 


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Nicholas Money

Nicholas P. Money is an Anglo-American gentleman of letters and professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is an expert on fungal growth and reproduction. Nicholas has authored a number of popular science books that celebrate the diversity of the microbial world, including... Read More →

Friday August 18, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
Saturday, August 19

7:30pm PDT

What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been: Reflections on the Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs, 1967-2017.

Fifty years have passed since the first ESPD symposium was held in San Francisco in 1967. That seminal conference was intended to be the first in a regular series, but followup symposia were never held due to changing political and cultural circumstances. The symposia were not staged, but work in ethnopharmacology continued, and there have been significant discoveries made in the last 50 years. This lecture will discuss some of the more significant ones, and will speculate as to the future of psycho-ethnopoharmacology in the coming decades.

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Dennis McKenna

Dennis McKenna's research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brasilian Amazon. His doctoral research (University of British Columbia,1984... Read More →

Saturday August 19, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435