February 9, 2014 · 12:00 PM
SPEAKER: PAUL GROSSWALD
SUBJECT: SCIENTOLOGY: Cults and Coercion: How Ordinary People are Turned into Extraordinary Fanatics.
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 elite Sea Organization. He finally broke free from the cult's influence after his parents engaged him in a dramatic, heart-wrenching intervention.
Paul is now an attorney and frequently counsels cult victims and their families. He will discuss the manipulative techniques of mind control common in all destructive cults, effective strategies for dealing with such cults, and the continuing legal issues faced by those who have escaped and exposed cults.
LOCATION: The Press Box Restaurant - 932 Second Avenue (bet. 49th & 50th Sts.) -2nd Floor
COST: BRUNCH is $20, which includes a selection of Buffet Entrees, salad, one soft drink, coffee, tax and tip.