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Who’s Your Daddy by Arisa White in Conversation with Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei

Video: Who’s Your Daddy by Arisa White in Conversation with Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei

March 18, 2021

Who’s Your Daddy is Arisa White's debut poetic memoir for which, with funding from the Center for Cultural Innovation in Los Angeles, she was able to go to Guyana, South America, to meet her father after 30-plus years of estrangement. With this same artist grant, White was able to offer community workshops for people to write letters to their own absent fathers, and some of those letters became centos in the collection.... Read more about Video: Who’s Your Daddy by Arisa White in Conversation with Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei

Honoring the Indigenous Roots of the Psychedelic Movement

Video: Honoring the Indigenous Roots of the Psychedelic Movement

March 15, 2021

A presentation and discussion on the continuities and discontinuities between the world of sacred plants and that of psychedelic science. This talk focused on what psychedelic therapists and scientists can learn from ayahuasca shamanism, as well as critique some common misunderstandings around the notions of set, setting, and integration. How can we dialogue with Indigenous traditions, knowledge, and practices? How can we practice reciprocity with Indigenous people?... Read more about Video: Honoring the Indigenous Roots of the Psychedelic Movement

Sisters of the Psychedelic Revolution: A Conversation with Leni Sinclair and Genie Parker

Video: Sisters of the Psychedelic Revolution: A Conversation with Leni Sinclair and Genie Parker

November 24, 2020

Hippie culture left a lasting impression on the Mid-West of the United States. Historians tend to portray the Haight Ashbury of San Francisco and the East Village of Manhattan as America’s foremost psychedelic hotspots, but it was in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, that the psychedelic revolution seems to have succeeded, at least partially.... Read more about Video: Sisters of the Psychedelic Revolution: A Conversation with Leni Sinclair and Genie Parker

The Religion of White Rage

Video: The Religion of White Rage

November 5, 2020

This panel discussion of "The Religion of White Rage" was held November 2 with the book’s three editors, as part of the Center for the Study of World Religion's series on “Race, Religion, and Nationalism.” This book sheds light on the phenomenon of white rage, and maps out the uneasy relationship between white anxiety, religious fervor, American identity, and perceived black racial progress. Among other things, the book examines the sociological construct of the “white laborer,” whose concerns and beliefs, this book argues, can be understood as religious in foundation. The book argues further that white religious fervor correlates to notions of perceived white loss and perceived black progress.... Read more about Video: The Religion of White Rage

Medicalizing Mysticism

Video: Medicalizing Mysticism: Religion in Contemporary Psychedelic Trials

November 3, 2020

Amid the so-called psychedelic “renaissance” in science, researchers at Johns Hopkins University, New York University, and elsewhere report that they can occasion “mystical-type experiences” among trial volunteers being treated for depression, addiction, end-of-life anxiety, and other conditions.

Many studies correlate the strength of this experience with the therapeutic outcome. Other recent studies administer psychedelics to religious professionals without a clear therapeutic aim. In this case, an experience that might be assumed to be accessible to religious clergy through...

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Fred Moten

Video: Fred Moten: Note on a Blue Note in The Gospel of Barbecue

October 27, 2020

Fred Moten, a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, discussed a poem called "On Listening to the Two-Headed Lady Blow Her Horn," which is from Honorée Fanonne Jeffers's extraordinary collection, The Gospel of Barbecue

He talked—in the wake and under the influence of Manolo Callahan, J. Kameron Carter, Ruby Sales and Frank Stewart—about how the disruption of the metaphysics of sovereignty which the physics of the barbecue undertakes is held, and held open, and released in Jeffers's rich musicality. After failing properly to analyze a musicality that defies analysis, he...

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Richard Wheeler with the Dalai Lama

Richard Warren Wheeler, Former CSWR Advisory Board Member and Chairman, 1929-2020

April 20, 2020

Richard Warren Wheeler,

February 8, 1929-April 20, 2020

CSWR Advisory Board Member and Chairman, 1974-1989

The CSWR celebrates the life and contributions of longtime Advisory Board member Richard Warren Wheeler who died April 20, 2020 at the age of 91. Rick was a friend of CSWR and longtime Advisory Board Member. His family has contributed the following information.  

Richard Warren Wheeler, 91, longtime Concord resident, died at his home on April 20, 2020, surrounded by family. Both his long, accomplished career and...

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