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Rachel Nuwer: Understanding MDMA

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Few drugs in history have generated as much controversy as MDMA—or held as much promise, according to some. Once vilified as a Schedule I substance that would supposedly eat holes in users’ brains, MDMA (also known as Molly or Ecstasy) is now being hailed as a therapeutic agent that could transform the field of mental health and outpace psilocybin and ketamine as the first psychedelic approved for widespread clinical use.

Award-winning science journalist Rachel Nuwer separates fact from fantasy, hope from hype, in the drug’s contested history and still-evolving future. Hear more as Nuwer explains the cultural and scientific upheaval that is rewriting our understanding of our brains, our selves, and the space between.

MLF Organizer
Eric Siegel

This program is in-person only. 

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

Copies of I Feel Love: MDMA and the Quest for Connection in a Fractured World are available for purchase during registration (U.S. domestic shipping only).

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Nuwer photo by Gil Gonzalez..

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Thu, Jun 15 / 5:30 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Rachel Nuwer

Rachel Nuwer

Science Journalist; Author, I Feel Love: MDMA and the Quest for Connection in a Fractured World

Image - Danielle Venton

In Conversation with Danielle Venton

Science Reporter, KQED Public Media; Twitter@DanielleVenton


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:30 p.m. program
6:30 p.m. book signing
(all times PDT)


$10 members
$20 nonmembers
$39 members with a book,
$49 nonmembers with a book