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Thursday, March 19th | 6:30pm-8:00pm | History Happy Hour: The Cult of Heaven's Gate

Thursday, March 19th | 6:30pm-8:00pm | History Happy Hour: The Cult of Heaven's Gate


In March of 1997, 39 members of Heaven's Gate participated in a mass ritual suicide, believing that upon death their souls would be transported to a spaceship trailing behind the Hale-Bopp Comet. Ultimately, they hoped this act would bring them to a new level of spiritual existence. In this class, we'll explore a brief history of cults to consider how they are created and why people join them. Then we'll turn our attention to the cult of Heaven's Gate and their final exit from planet Earth, as well as contemplate why they all wore the same pair of Nikes for this monumental event.

Please note: Each ticket includes one happy hour drink, or a non-alcoholic drink, of your choice. Students will also receive 10% off dinner at Nox the day of class. Drinks and mingling will take place from 6:30pm-7:00pm, and the class itself will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm.

This class is appropriate for ages 16+.

This class will take place at Nox Cocktail Lounge, located at 302 Goodman St N., Rochester NY, 14607.

About the teacher:
Maya Rook is a historian, artist, and writer living in Rochester, NY. She holds an MA in American History from the University at Albany and seeks to better understand the human mind and heart through the practice of history. As a college instructor and public speaker, Maya strives to blend critical insight with humor and empathy in her investigations of the past.

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