Poulomi Saha and Grace Goudiss Resource Recommendations 

Miranda Schonbrun

Accompanying the online reflection “Enthralled Subjects: Cults, Conversion, and Quarantine Fixations,” Poulomi Saha and Grace Goudiss provided resource recommendations on the topics of popular media surrounding “cults,” faith, and the history of “cults”/new religious movements.

From Poulomi Saha:

  • Wild, Wild Country, 2018, Netflix, Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, Duplass Brothers Productions
  • Cult Podcast, 2017–Present, Hosted by Paige Wesley, Armando Torres, and Andrea Guzzetta, https://www.cultpodcastshow.com/

From Grace Goudiss:

  • Jonestown: the Life and Death of Peoples Temple, 2006, PBS, Produced and Directed by Stanley Nelson
  • Cults and New Religions: A Brief History (New York, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2015), Douglas E. Cowan and David G. Bromley
  • Mystics and Messiahs : Cults and New Religions in American History (Oxford University Press, 2000), Philip Jenkins

As part of the Berkeley Democracy and Public Theology Program, BCSR’s Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic brings together scholars and the public to address the current pandemic and its commensurate crises, exploring the intersection between religion and timely topics such as the environment, public health, elections and democracy, religious freedom, and nationalism in order to foster dialogue and reflection.

The Berkeley Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic is generously sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation