The Secret Psychedelic History of Tulsa
December 14, 7:00 pm-8:30 pmFree
TU community join Oklahoma Center for Humanities for an enthralling one-hour talk with journalist Michael Mason, founding editor of This Land magazine, and recipient of the Tim Ferris Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship. Dive into “The Secret Psychedelic History of Tulsa,” a journey through the city’s clandestine connection to America’s psychedelic movement.
Discover Tulsa’s pivotal role in the largest LSD bust in Wamego, KS, in 2003, and explore how Cascia Hall, Oral Roberts University, and local businesses unknowingly contributed to today’s psychedelic renaissance. Hear about Oklahoma’s ties to the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, the infamous OU psychiatrist who experimented with LSD on an elephant, and the Native American Church’s roots in the state. Discover TU’s link to the CIA’s controversial MKUltra program.
Featuring exclusive audio from a decade of interviews, this talk offers a unique glimpse into the psychedelic undercurrents that shaped Tulsa and continue to influence the broader cultural landscape. Don’t miss this chance to unravel a hidden chapter of Tulsa’s history!
Michael Mason is a science journalist and author of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath. In 2010, he founded the award-winning Oklahoma media company, This Land Press. His writings have appeared in Discover magazine, The Believer, NPR, The New York Times and elsewhere.