Opium – a blessing or a curse, or a little of both? It’s been with us since before the dawn of civilization, sometimes causing bliss, at other times chaos. Join us for this tale of addiction, trade, crime, sex, war, literature, medicine, and, above all, money, as we explore the history and current impact of this both marvelous and malevolent substance. The major resource for our discussions will be the book Opium: A History, by Martin Booth (St. Martin's Press, 1998). Supplemental materials and guest speakers may be included as part of the program. Your active participation is not only invited but expected. Plan to leave each discussion with new insights and a new high!