Event Calendar

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 16, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “It’s Putin’s World” by Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, March 2017 (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/its-putins-world/513848/)
 
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: Staying Connected Through SelfHelp's Virtual Senior Center
with David Dring, E.D. of Selfhelp Innovations
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, March 16, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

Social commentator and comedian John Oliver, among many others, has admonished us not to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump's behavior. “It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” he said. “So keep reminding yourself this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It Note, and stick it on your refrigerator. Hire a skywriter once a month. Because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address. And that is not normal, it is f--ked up.”

How do we reconcile with family and friends who voted differently than we did? How do we learn to listen and empathize with other people's experiences? If we are not directly impacted, how do we learn to be allies with those who are? What ethical actions can we take every day to make our community more responsive to people's needs?

Together we will explore answers to these questions by examining the current social and political landscape, practicing compassionate communication, and learning from guest speakers about how we can be allies to those who will suffer most over the next four years.

Readings:

"If We Don't Act Now, Fascism Will Be on Our Doorstep, Says Yale Historian"
http://billmoyers.com/story/dont-act-now-fascism-will-doorstep-says-yale-historian/

"The 19 Agencies that Trump's budget would kill, explained"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/16/the-19-agencies-that-trumps-budget-would-kill-explained/

"Pema Chödrön’s 'When Things Fall Apart' Turns 20"
http://billmoyers.com/story/pema-chodrons-when-things-fall-apart-turns-20/