As part of my personal and professional development, I like to broaden my horizons with new education experiences wherein people use big words and assume I’m capable of paying attention to a single subject for long periods of time.
Who am I kidding? Kate asked me to go to a lecture with her last week and I thought she was kidding. A lecture? On purpose? For money?
But the lecture Kate wanted to attend just wasn’t my kind of lecture. Maybe if I find my kind of lecture, I could happily sit and learn and nod at all the right parts.
Commonwealth Club: Monday, July 19, 2010
David Sullivan, Professional Cult Investigator
Learn about cults from a man who's seen them from the inside. Professional investigator Sullivan describes the process of identifying and investigating cults, providing an overview of how cults recruit, convert and maintain control of their members through a variety of psychologically coercive techniques. A licensed private investigator for more than 19 years, Sullivan has worked in collaboration with leading authorities in the area of undue influence.
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 4:45 networking reception, 5:15 p.m. program
Cost: MEMBERS FREE, $20 non-members
I have a couple of concerns about this lecture:
1. Why is there a networking reception at 4:45? It sounds, quite frankly, like cult recruitment.
2. How long is this lecture? Exactly. What if it’s boring? I need to know there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
3. Aside from the whole recruitment technique thing, will David Sullivan be discussing living within the cults? Sex lives of the cult members? Specific cults he’s infiltrated and what he saw?
That being said, I’ll probably go to this if for no other reason than it sounds like one big cult recruitment under a very clever guise…