August Public Lecture – Paul Grosswald: Cults and Coercion


Join us at the NYC Skeptic’s August public lecture:

Paul Grosswald – Cults and Coercion: How Ordinary People are Turned into Extraordinary Fanatics

When: Saturday August 15th @ 1:00PM

Where: New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Branch – 425 Avenue of the Americas @ 10th St.

Paul Grosswald

Paul Grosswald

Twenty years ago, Paul Grosswald was recruited into the Church of Scientology during his sophomore year at Hofstra University. During six months of intense indoctrination he became increasingly drawn to the group, until he ultimately dropped out of school, moved into the cult’s Manhattan compound, and signed a one billion year employment contract with Scientology’s Sea Organization.

After finally breaking free from the cult’s influence, he returned to Hofstra where he earned a B.A. in Communications. Paul has discussed his experience in over 200 lectures and media interviews, in which he educates the public about the dangers of destructive cults, and the techniques of coercive persuasion used by cult leaders.

Today, Paul is a personal injury attorney who helps victims of destructive cults fight back against their abusers.

Admission is free and open to the public.



One Response to “August Public Lecture – Paul Grosswald: Cults and Coercion”

  1. Larry Auerbach Says:

    I’m excited to see this topic addressed at a NYC Skeptics event, and am looking forward to hearing Paul. I’m a former member of a nasty NYC-based new age cult that counted Scientology as one of its major nefarious influences. During the early 1980’s, the counter-cult movement was where I had my first exposure to skeptical/critical thinking (and my introduction to CSICOP too), something I’m forever thankful for.

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