From June 22 through 26th Tyndale University College and Seminary, in Toronto, will host a course and conference on Scientology, planned and directed by Professor James Beverley and me. Jim and I have been friends for four years and have worked toward this event for some time. Our course and conference promises to be the most in-depth and wide-ranging course or conference ever held on Scientology. I intend to withdraw from Scientology related work after this event.
We will cover all aspects of the cult with the help of some of the leading experts – former members, academics and investigative journalists. It will be the first time that the global influence of the cult has been properly scrutinised. Sessions will consist of presentations by the various participants, interviews with luminaries, videos, question and answer sessions and panel discussions. We will bring together activists from around the globe.
The following stars of the counter-Scientology firmament have already confirmed that they will be available in person, by skype or on video:
Paulette Cooper, author of The Scandal of Scientology and target of the infamous Operation Freakout.
Steven Hassan, the best known cult expert in the world, author of three books, including the best-selling Combating Cult Mind Control.
Tony Ortega, proprietor of the Underground Bunker, to speak about his remarkable new book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.
Eminent biographer, Russell Miller, author of Bare-Faced Messiah.
Jesse Prince, senior Sea Org member, and David Miscavige’s auditor, with revelations from his new book.
Hana Whitfield, founding member of the Sea Org, captain of the Mission Into Time and former leading exit counsellor.
Ursula Caberta, former Hamburg Minister and driving force behind German legislation concerning Scientology.
Nancy Many, author of My Billion Year Contract, and subject of Brainwashed (which will be shown at the seminar).
Andreas Heldal-Lund, creator of xenu.net and Operation Clambake.
Arnaud Pallison, criminologist, author and advisor to the French courts.
Tory Christman, former OSA agent (and brilliant speaker).
Professor Alexander Dvorkin, for 21 years head of a counter-cult group in eastern Europe, and the main target for Scientology harassment in Russia.
Karin Spaink, journalist and long term Scientology critic, who won a long legal battle against the cult’s attempt to take down her website.
David Pike, head of FACTNet.
Lawrence Wollersheim, who was paid a nine million dollar judgement by Scientology.
Chuck Beatty, former Sea Org member, privy to Hubbard ‘advices’.
David Barrett, PhD, sociologist and author of several books about ‘new religious movements’.
John Duignan, author of The Complex.
Jonny Jacobsen, journalist, who has reported on Scientology for over two decades. Host of Infinite Complacency.
Chris Shelton, former member and advocate of critical thinking.
Nora Crest, second generation member and Celebrity Center staffer.
Pete Griffiths, leading activist from Ireland and organizer of Flag Down.
Marta Gorna, Polish activist.
Professor Martin Poulter, expert on belief systems.
Steve Cannane, ABC TV presenter, author of a forthcoming history of Scientology in Australia.
Since we first announced, we have added Gerry Armstrong, Jamie de Wolf and Nan McLean to the bill. Gerry was the Port Captain (head of intelligence) for Hubbard aboard the Apollo, he was the head of Hubbard’s personal Household Unit and collected the famous Hubbard Archive. He is also the most harassed individual in the annals of Scientology, since Paulette Cooper. He will give a two hour presentation.
Jamie de Wolf is Ron Hubbard’s great-grandson, a film-maker and stand up comedian. We hope to host other members of the Hubbard family, too.
Nan McLean is a legendary former member and critic, from Canada.
• The whole conference will be professionally filmed and edited, and made available to schools and universities around the world. Several companies are interested in creating a TV documentary at the conference, because of the availability of so many luminaries in one place.
• The conference will cover Hubbard’s true biography, the beliefs and practices of Scientology, fair game and the intelligence agency (GO and OSA), the RPF, Narconon, finance and the IRS, the celebrity connection, Scientology under Miscavige, violence inside the cult and the exploitative techniques of hard-selling and auditing.
Other noteworthy participants have yet to confirm.
Tickets for the five day seminar and conference are priced at $120 per day or $500 for the five days. Advanced tickets are available, for a limited time, at $75 per day or $350 for the week. Ticket prices cover the expenses of those of our participants who cannot cover their own costs, and professional filming of the event.
There will be concessions for those unable to afford this price. Donations are also most welcome.
Please apply to the organizers at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Be there, or be square!