Thompson Lecture Slates Author, Speaker as Speaker



Northeastern University author, podcaster and guest speaker Megan Goodwin will be the guest
speaker at this year’s Thompson Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on October 18.

An author, podcaster, and guest speaker from Northeastern University will be the guest speaker at this year’s Paul Lamont Thompson Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on October 18 in the Hicks Student Center Banquet Hall.

Megan Goodwin’s lecture is titled “Undrinking the Kool-Aid: Mis/remembering Peoples Temple”. The presentation will provide incorrect popular memories of the Jonestown Massacre and invite the audience to question who benefits from the erasure of the deaths of many black women at the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in Guyana. The material is taken from Goodwin’s current book project, which is tentatively titled Cults Incorporated: The Bad Religion Business.

Goodwin is the author of Abusing Religion: Literary Persecution, Sex Scandals, and American Minority Religions (Rutgers University 2020). She obtained a doctorate. and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from Drew University and a Bachelor of Science in Print Journalism from Boston University. Goodwin writes, teaches, and produces podcasts on race, gender, sexuality, politics, popular culture, and American minority religions. His podcast, “Keeping it 101: A Killjoy’s Introduction to Religion,” is available on most podcast platforms.

The Thompson Lecture was established through a gift from the sons and daughters-in-law of Paul Lamont and Ruth Peel Thompson. A committee of alumni and friends of the College worked diligently to build the fund through donations from those many students whose lives were enriched by Thompson’s leadership during his days as President of the College from 1938 to 1949.

The conference, hosted by the Department of Religion, brings speakers to K who enrich the community’s ethical understanding of its position in society at large beyond the College. Please note that masks are mandatory during this event.



Angela C. Hale