I served as academic consultant and consulting producer for the hit podcast "Heaven's Gate," produced by Pineapple Street Media and Stitcher and hosted by Glynn Washington. The podcast focused on the new religion best known for the 1997 mass suicides in Calfornia that ended the group. Listen to the podcast online, or with your favorite podcast app.

Social Media

Twitter feed: ZellerProf.

Instagram feed: sacredchicago. It features my explorations of the sacred spaces of the Chicagoland metro area. You can see excerpts from the feed below.

Virtual Reality Work

I have been experimented with virtual reality, 360° photography, photogrammetry, and augmented reality as tools for digital research and teaching. Most recently, I worked with a team of undergraduate research assistants to create immersive 360° virtual reality tours of several sacred spaces near our Lake Forest College campus and farther afield.

You can see examples at the Digital Chicago website.

Support for that project came from the Digital Chicago program at Lake Forest College, funded by an $800,000, four-year (2015-2018) grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to involve students and faculty in exploring specific at-risk or forgotten sites in Chicago’s history. 

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Scholar, speaker, academic consultant. Excerpt on new religious movements, sects, cults, UFO religions. Scholar and author on the topic of religion and food.