Mason Winfield ’73 believes in ghosts. The English major has found many people who appreciate his forays into the world of the supernatural. He has written and edited more than a dozen book, taught courses about the paranormal and even appeared on the Today Show.
From an interview:
“I believe I have seen three ghosts in my life, or, rather, five, with three having manifested at the same time. All sightings were at night, but otherwise they varied. Two seemed simple site-apparitions with little message to be drawn. The first - three odd people under a streetlight at a country crossroads - was an outdoor sighting. The second, a ghostly cat in a friend’s apartment, seemed to have been the apparition of the family’s late animal companion. The third, an inexplicable, broad white light-form that survived every test of wakefulness, I associated because of its shape and timing to have been connected to the death of my grandmother. That could have been the one that was a message.”
Winfield will teach “A Course in the Paranormal.” The course will take place over a series of four Monday night sessions each exploring different phenomena. Routed in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, folklore, history, architecture, occultism, philosophy and parapsychology, this course opens the mind to the unexplainable. “A Course in the Paranormal” culminates with a look at the local patterns and spooky stories around Western New York.