Fields and Professional Associations
Fields: Culture, Media and Society; Sociology of Religion; Social Movements, Subcultures, and Countercultures; Globalization; Filmmaking.
Associations: American Sociological Association (Sociology of Culture Section), Popular Culture Association, Center for Millennial Studies, Boston University, Boston, MA; Picture Business, New York, NY; Ferrini Productions, Gloucester, MA
Ph.D. Sociology, Northeastern University, 1991
M.A. Social Anthropology, Northeastern University, 1983
B.A. Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1980
Alumnus: Percussion and Music Education, Berklee College of Music, Boston,
Millennium Rage: Survivalists, White Supremacists and the Doomsday Prophecy,
"Secularizing the Millennium: Survivalists, Militias and the New World Order", in
Thomas Robbins and Susan Palmer, eds. Millennium, Messiahs and Mayhem,
"Shooting Holes in Monolithic Millennialism: A Reply." Journal for the Scientific Study
of Religion, 1993, 32 (4): 399-400.
"Millennialism in the Mass Media: The Case of Soldier of Fortune Magazine."
Journal for the Study of Religion, 1992, 31 (4): 408-424.
"Punk and Middle-Class Values: A Content Analysis," with Jack Levin. Youth and
Society, Vol. 17, No. 5, December 1985. Reprinted in Sandra Ball-Rokeach and
Muriel Cantor, Media, Audience and Social Structure, Sage, 1986.
"Alien Invasion: Ufology as an Apocalyptic Subculture", in Nancy L. Schultz, ed. Fear I
Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture, Purdue University Press,
forthcoming, Fall, 1998.
Editorials: (Rutland Herald and the Sunday Times Argus, Rutland, Vermont)
"The End in Nigh, Again", Rutland Herald, May 10, 1995:15.
"In Las Vegas the Apocalypse is Now", Rutland Herald, October 13, 1995:17.
"State's Religious Diversity in Danger", Rutland Herald and The Sunday Times
Argus, August 31, 1997:3.
"Rhetoric and Reality of Promise Keepers", Rutland Herald and The Sunday Times
Argus, October 29, 1997:11.
Review of Daniel Wojick's The End of the World as we Know It .Millennial Stew, a
publication of the Center for Millennial Studies. Winter 1998, Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 10.
Film Productions (http://www.pixbiz.com)
"Witch City" Produced by Picture Business, New York, N.Y. and Ferrini Productions,
Gloucester, MA. Writer, Associate Producer. 1997. Boston premier, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. June 19-23 (and in April, 1997);
Premier, "Nantucket Film Festival, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, June, 1996:
Winner Best Documentary, Greater Enid Film Festival, Enid, Oklahoma, Summer 1997."10.4.97--Promise Keepers" Produced by Aaron Katz and Ferrini Productions for
the Center for Millennial Studies. Writer, Associate Producer. Commissioned and
presented to the Center for Millennial Studies Conference, November 2-4, Boston
University Boston, MA.
"Leather Soul: Working for a Life in a Factory Town" Narrated by Studs Terkel, 1991.
Produced by Picture Business, New York, NY. Researcher, Production Assistant.
"The Restoration of the Gardner-Pingree House" 1989. Produced by Ferrini
Productions and the Essex Institute Museum, Salem, MA. Writer, Director.
In addition to film festivals, both "Witch City" and "Leather Soul" have been shown at
numerous other venues, including colleges and universities, historical societies and
museums, and other educational and arts oriented associations. For further
information on these and other Picture Business and Ferrini Productions films
Conferences, Panels, Presentations (Selected):
"Fear and Loathing on the Survivalist Right: Secular Millennialism and Social Rage",
Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San
Diego Hotel and Marina, November 19-22, 1997.
"U.S. Conspiracy Theories and the Year 2000", Panelist. Conference entitled, "The
Apocalyptic Other: Millennial Views of Unbelievers Among Christians, Jews, and
Muslims. Presented by The Center for Millennial Studies, Boston University,
November 2-4, 1997.
"Apocalypse Now: Survivalists, Militias, and the Millennial Myth." Presentation to
the Villages at Killington Lecture Series, Killington, Vermont, August, 1997.
"Alien Invasion: Ufology as an Apocalyptic Subculture", Paper presented at the Annual
Conference of the New England American Studies Association; Conference entitled
"Fear Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture", Salem State
College, May 2-3, 1997.
"Secular Millennialism and the International Jewish Community", Presentation to
Wilstein Institute of Jewish Studies at Hebrew College, Brookline, MA. "The
Millennial Year 2000 and the Jewish Community: Implications for Public Policy."
Organized by the Center for Millennial Studies, Boston University, March 10, 1997.
"First Annual Slatebelt History and Culture Conference", Conference organizer,
Castleton State College, Vermont , June 1996.
"The Branch Davidian Apocalypse and the American Millennial Myth." Presentation to
the Villages at Killington Lecture Series, Killington, Vermont, Summer 1994.
"Salem Bewitched: Conflicts Over Image and Motive in the Promotion of a
Community." Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological
Association, Los Angeles, CA, 1994.
"The Fall of Babylon and the New World Order: American Millennialism in the War with
Iraq." Paper presented at the Center for the Study of Communications Conference.
"Mainstreams and Margins: Cultural Politics in the 90s." University of
Massachusetts, Amherst, 1992.
"Fighting the Great Cosmic Effort: Soldiers of Fortune and the American Millennial
Myth.' Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Northeast Popular Culture
Association, Amherst, MA , 1990.
"Popular Militarism in American Culture: The Case of the Survival Game" with Angie
Diana. Paper presented at the annual meetings of the North American Society for
the Sociology of Sport, Washington D.C., 1989.
Radio and Television News commentary:
"Fox News Boston". Interview with Glenn Pearson on the Promise Keepers and other
forms of contemporary millennialism. FOX Broadcasting, November 3, 1997.
"The Talk of Vermont". Interview and discussion with Jeff Kaufman on anti-government
and paramilitary groups. WFAD-AM, Middlebury, Vermont. October 8, 1997.
"Afternoon Magazine". Interview and discussion with Valerie Sprague on Timothy
McVeigh trial and militias in America. KCNN Radio, Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Channel 7 News, WHDH Boston. Interview with Laurie Kirby on survivalists the
paramilitary right. CBS Television, Boston, MA, May 14, 1997.
BBC Television News interview and commentary on Heavens Gate suicide. March 26,
"Morning Chat" (BBC Radio News). Interview and discussion of Heaven's Gate
suicide, March 28, 1997.
"Strange Universe". Interview on UFO groups and the millennium. Syndicated TV
News Magazine, Los Angeles, CA, March 11, 1997.
"Afternoons With Bugs". Interview with Ed Bugs on paramilitary groups and the
survivalist right, WGBI Radio, Baton Rouge, LO, February 14, 1997.
"Talk America". Interview and discussion with John McLaughlin on survivalist and
militia groups in America. Syndicated talk radio program on the USA Radio
Network, December 19, 1996
"The Connection". Interview and discussion with Christopher Lyden on the
Unabomber. National Public Radio (WGBH, Boston), October, 1996.
"Switchboard". Interview and discussion with Steve Zind on the Patriot Movement and
the militias. Vermont Public Radio, May 11, 1995.
An award winning teacher, writer, and filmmaker, Dr. Lamy is the author of Millennium Rage: Survivalists, White Supremacists, and the Doomsday Prophecy (Plenum, 1996). His articles and commentary on new religious movements and countercultures have appeared in professional journals, edited volumes, numerous newspapers, includingThe Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, and on National Public Radio, national television and raido. He was the winner of the 1992 Marshall Fishwick Award of the Popular Culture Association for his article on Soldier of Fortune Magazine. His recent documentary, Witch City , about the legacy of the Salem Witch Trials, is produced in conjunction with Picture Business and Ferrini Productions New York. Dr. Lamy is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Castleton State College in Vermont, where he lives with his family.