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A Celebration of the Pioneering Legacy of Sasha and Ann Shulgin

June 26, 2021 - June 27, 2021

Bold explorers of the frontiers of neurochemistry, Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, master psychopharmacologist, along with his wife Ann, during their lifetimes, helped usher into being a major paradigm shift in the way we view the exploration of human consciousness. In June 2021, Synergetic Press and Transform Press will publish The Nature of Drugs: History, Pharmacology, and Social Impact. This will be the first book by Sasha since 2011. Together, Transform and Synergetic have scheduled an exceptional new series of books for release over the next two years celebrating Professor Shulgin’s life and work.

To coincide with this auspicious occasion, a consortium including his publishers and numerous supporters of his work present a weekend Virtual symposium (June 26 & 27, 2021) exploring the many aspects of Alexander Shulgin’s life and legacy. Through a series of sessions comprising lectures and panel discussions, we will pay tribute to a man known to many as one of the great pioneers of the exploration of human consciousness.

The two-day online event is free. A brief outline of the program follows. Confirmed participants include Ann Shulgin, Michael Pollan, Wendy Tucker, Mariavittoria Mangini, David Nichols, David Presti, Stanislav Groff, Bob Jesse, Hamilton Morris, Janis Phelps, Kile Ortigo, Mike Margolies, Leonard Pickard, Paul Daley and many others.

Events are free but require registration. Click the provided links to reserve a placement.


Saturday, June 26, 2021

12pm – 2pm Pacific / Session 1: The Shulgin’s Pioneering Psychedelic Research

Host: Peter Maravelis, introduction to event and reflections on City Lights relationship to consciousness studies
Moderator: Bob Jesse – researcher, engineer, convener of the Council on Spiritual Practices (CSP.org)
Stanislav Grof – world’s leading researcher in psychedelic therapy, breathwork, and the exploration of non-ordinary states of consciousness, with wife and psychotherapist, Brigitte
David Nichols – co-founder Heffter Institute, Chair in Pharmacology at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy
Paul Daley – Chief Science Officer and Chemist, Alexander Shulgin Research Institute
Ann Shulgin
Wendy Tucker – Publisher, Transform Press, daughter of Ann Shulgin
Connie Littlefield –  filmmaker, producer “Better Living Through Chemistry,” documentary
Earth and Fire Erowid – cofounders of the non-profit Erowid Center, largest and most visited collection of information about psychoactives on the web

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3pm – 5pm Pacific / Session 2: Stories from the Edge: Trailblazers in Psychopharmacology

Moderator: Dr. Mariavittoria Mangini – family nurse midwife for 25 years, author of numerous papers on historiography and social impacts of psychedelics
George Greer – psychotherapist, cofounder Heffter Research Institute, and Requa Greer, nurse practitioner, pioneers in MDMA medical research
Dennis McKenna – ethnobotanist, author, founder of the McKenna Academy of Naturalist Philosophy
Keeper Trout – ethnobotanist, conservationsist, curator the Shulgin Archive Project

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

12:00pm – 2:00pm Pacific / Session 3: Currents in Psychedelic Research & Regulation

Moderator: Hamilton Morris – chemist, filmmaker, and science journalist
Dr. Rick Doblin cofounder, CEO, MAPS and John Gilmore, Chairman, MAPS, cofounder Electronic Frontier Foundation
Amanda and Cosmo Feilding – Founder and Executive Director of the Beckley Foundation and Cosmo Feilding, CEO, Beckley Psytech, Limited
Leonard Pickard –  chemist, author, former research associate in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, and Deputy Director of the Drug Policy Analysis Program at UCLA
Dr. Paul Daley – CEO, Chemist, Alexander Shulgin Research Institute and Dr. Nick Cozzi – professor of pharmacology, research scientist
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3:00pm – 5:00pm Pacific / Session 4:    Psychedelic Psychotherapy & Social Impact

Moderator: Janis Phelps – Dean of Faculty at CIIS for the graduate departments in the School of Humanities and Social Science; founder and director of the CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research
Dr. David Presti – director of UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics, neurobiologist, psychologist, and cognitive scientist
Kile Ortigo – clinical psychologist and founder of the Center for Existential Exploration, author of Beyond the Narrow Life: A Guide For Psychedelic Integration and Existential Exploration
Bill Richards –  psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, consultant/trainer at sites of psychedelic research internationally
Annie Oak – Managing Editor, Lucid News, journalist, long-time public health activist, developed risk reduction strategies for event organizers; cofounder of Woman’s Visionary Council

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6:00pm – 8:00pm Pacific / Session 5: Towards a Sane and Healthy Future

Moderator: Mike Margolies – psychedelic community catalyst and conversation creator; Founder of Psychedelic Seminars (psychsems.com)
Bob Jesse – researcher, engineer, convener of the Council on Spiritual Practices (CSP.org)
Michael Pollan – NYTimes bestselling author of How to Change Your Mind, cofounder UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics
Ann Shulgin author, collaborator with Sasha Shulgin, with her daughter, Wendy Tucker – Publisher, Transform Press
Dr. Julie Holland – psychiatrist specializing in psychopharmacology, author of numerous books, most recent Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, From Soul to Psychedelics

Closing statements with Paul Daley, Ann & Wendy & Trout – and the work of the Shulgin Foundation and forthcoming publications

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Click the following links to purchase:

The Nature of Drugs (Link to be posted soon!)

Also available:

Pihkal (Link to be posted soon!)

Tihkal (Link to be posted soon!)


June 26, 2021
June 27, 2021


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