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Thu, Jan 18


USC Doheny Memorial Library 233


A discussion of psychedelic drugs, Rastafarianism, and spirituality with Dean Varun Soni, Professor James McHugh, and Dr. Armaity V Austin.

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Time & Location

Jan 18, 2018, 12:00 PM

USC Doheny Memorial Library 233, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA

About the event

The ZYGO Series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum. The events involve a panel of faculty members speaking on a current events theme, and are moderated by the ZYGO Student Director.

zygo / ˈzʌɪgəʊ, ˈzɪgəʊ / pref. relating to union or joining.

MEDICINE AND MYSTICISM: A discussion of psychedelic drugs, Rastafarianism, and spirituality

While many nontraditional practices such as mindfulness, meditation, and yoga have found their way into mainstream healthcare, other practices connected to psychedelic drugs, Rastafarianism, and spirituality are more closely scrutinized by physicians and public health professionals. Is there a place for these practices in modern medicine? What are potential moral, legal, and health concerns? Moreover for physicians, what is the best way to consider such practices and their place in modern medicine? Join us, as we discuss all of these questions and more! Lunch provided.


Varun Soni, Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention, Dean of Religious Life

James McHugh, Associate Professor of Religion

Armaity V Austin, MD Family Medicine, Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine


Hima Rajana and Vanessa Yu, Levan Undergraduate Fellows and ZYGO Student Directors

A joint program of the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study.

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