Event Calendar

March 2017

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7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, Co-organizers and event hosts

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and So Forth by John Updike

Read the selections in advance (they’re usually under 70 pages), and be prepared to discuss the questions that interest you by referring and reading to us the specific related text. Because this is the format for the discussion, it is important that we all have the same text. To purchase The Great Books Foundation Short Story Omnibus we’ll be using through June, 2017, go to this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/colleges-book-groups/literature-anthologies/....   Visit www.meetup.com/Manhattan-Great-Books-Discussion-Group to learn more about us.

 

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 2, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “The Future Is Mixed Race” by Scott Solomon, Aeon, 2/2/17 (https://aeon.co/essays/the-future-is-mixed-race-and-thats-a-good-thing-for-humanity)
 
 

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 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: The Power and Limits of Your Aging Brain
with Jed Levine, of EVP CaringKind - Alzheimers Care
 

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 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, March 2, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Auditorium
Ethics in Action: Climate Change and NYC
Ethics in Action: Climate Change and NYC
Thursday, March 2, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Auditorium

Register here: http://climatenyc.eventbrite.com

As a low-lying coastal city, NYC is highly vulnerable to human-induced climate change, and the sea-level rise and intensive storms that can result. NYC must also be a leader in the effort to decarbonize the energy system, a challenge encapsulated in the City’s 80x50 plan (to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 80 percent as of 2050).

You can join in the fight against climate change in the latest installment of Ethics in Action on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 PM. Join Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs for an hour-long discussion with Dr. James Hansen, one of the wolrd's leading climate scientists. Together, they will discuss how New York City can be a leader in the fight to decarbonize the energy system. You will leave the discussion with a clear action plan to engage city officials, real estate developers, and others on the moral necessity to help reduce our impact on the environment. You'll even have the opportunity to ask a question of Dr. Hansen!

Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise awareness of global warming. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards including the Sophie and Blue Planet Prizes. Dr. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power and for outlining actions needed to protect the future of young people and all species on the planet.

Also please follow along and join the discussion on Twitter at #EIA_NYC.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: The Station Agent
Ethics in Film: The Station Agent
Friday, March 3, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Tom McCarthy
 
When his only friend and co-worker dies, a young man born with dwarfism moves to an abandoned train depot in rural New Jersey. Though he tried to maintain a life of solitude, he is soon entangled with an artist who is struggling with a personal tragedy and an overly friendly Cuban hot-dog vendor.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: Open House
Ethics for Children: Open House
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

March Theme: How Science Brings Light to Ethics

Open House March 5! All newcomers welcome.

Ethical Explorers will look at how ethical exploration is enhanced by the scentific method, learning how knowledge benefits from the collaboration of diverse minds.

Join us as we:

-Probe the quest for truth as represented by science.
-Sort out the powers of opinion and fact, hypothesis and conclusion
-Create brain-hats and think deeply about the sceince of the past, present and future.
-Stand up together as a community in support of scientific inquiry, knowledge, and their value in our Ethical growth.

Send RSVP's and inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org
Read and respond on our blog: YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com

Sunday Schedule:

11:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor - ETHICAL'S inclusive community gathers. Following the community greeting and music, adults and teens are welcome to stay for the Platform Meeting

11:15am
Children (and any parents who wish to attend) go upstairs to the Elliott Library, room 507, for special values-based activities.

12:30pm
We all reconvene in the Cafeteria, 6th floor. Families may choose to stayf or lunch (always free for children and teens).

1:30pm
Ethics for Youth and Teen Leaders meets at the Teen Table.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: A Discussion with Marc Levin
Sunday Meeting: A Discussion with Marc Levin
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Marc Levin
Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen presides

Marc Levin is an award-winning, independent filmmaker dedicated to telling powerful, real stories in a unique, authentic style. In his 35 years in the business, he has won three Emmys, four duPont-Columbia awards, the Peabody Award, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, among others. Highlights include: Slam (1998), his runaway festival hit; Brick City, a docu-series about the city of Newark following Mayor Cory Booker; and Chicagoland, an 8-hour docu-series for CNN and Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions, which premiered to great critical acclaim and was nominated for a 2014 IDA award for Best Limited Series.

His most recent projects include directing Class Divide, the third in a series of HBO documentaries exploring how global economic forces have impacted the lives of everyday people; Rikers, produced with executive editor Bill Moyers, is the first film to focus exclusively on the men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island, which premiered at DOC NYC 2016 and will have a national run on PBS this Spring; and the Animal Planet series Ocean Warriors, executive produced alongside Robert Redford and Paul Allen. The series follows activists, journalists and scientists working to fight poachers and organized crime in oceans across the globe. This year, his projects include I Am Evidence, a feature doc Executive Produced by Levin and Mariska Hargitay on the rape kit backlog crisis; the worldwide distribution of his Emmy-nominated film FREEWAY: Crack in the System; and For Love of Baltimore, a feature doc executive produced by Levin and directed by Sonja Sohn on Baltimore in the year after Freddie Gray’s death. One of his more explosive projects coming this Spring to the USA network will be his six-hour docuseries Inside the FBI: New York, with executive producer Dick Wolf.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Film & Discussion: Class Divide
Film & Discussion: Class Divide
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

The thought-provoking documentary Class Divide is a timely look at the widening divide between the “haves” and “have nots.” Young people on both sides of the gap offer unique and honest insights that challenge common perceptions about inequality today.

In the final part of their trilogy about economic forces affecting ordinary people, director Marc Levin and producer Daphne Pinkerson (HBO’s Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags and Hard Times: Lost on Long Island) explore the effects of hyper-gentrification and rising economic disparity in one New York City neighborhood, which can be seen as a microcosm of the socioeconomic imbalances across the country, and the world. The film bears witness to the profound effects of gentrification and stagnant class mobility on young people who share a West Chelsea community -- yet live in very different worlds -- as they try to navigate this rapidly changing landscape.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, March 6, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Please join us for a Socratic discussion on "How to deal with grief, and how to comfort others." 

From one the articles suggested for this discussion: "The consolation letter was a popular literary genre in antiquity, essentially being a vehicle for presenting crucial aspects of one’s philosophy while giving actual advice to friends or relatives on how to deal with loss and grief. Perhaps the most famous consolation letters were written by Seneca, to his friend Marcia, to his mother Helvia (while he was in exile), and to his friend Polybius. In this series of three essays I will highlight some of the most interesting passages from the letters, so that we may form a better idea of the genre itself, of Seneca’s approach to it, and of Stoicism more broadly." (more here). Two additional suggested readings, here and here.

 
 
6:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
NYSEC Board of Directors Meeting
NYSEC Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:30 PM
Social Hall
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 6:30pm
Social Hall

Grassroots Alliance is a coalition of environmental groups focused on replacing the use of fossil fuels, especially fracked shale gas, with wind, water and solar power. Events range from screenings to panel discussions to rallies and art builds. Meetings are on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 3/1/17

"No More Dreaming of America"
by S. Roy
The New York Times, 3/1/17

"Death and Tax Cuts"
by P. Krugman
The New York Times, 2/24/17

"Less 'America First' More of Return to Convention on Diplomacy"
by M. Londler
The New York Times, 3/1/17

"Why We Need a Trump Doctrine"
by Z. Brzezinski & P. Wasserman
The New York Times, 2/20/17

"20 Million Face Famine in a World of Plenty"
by S. Sengupta
The New York Times, 2/23/17

 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library Room 507
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Meeting
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Meeting
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library Room 507

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “Latte Pappas: Sweden’s Hands-on Dads” by Richard W. Orange, Aeon, 1/18/17 (https://aeon.co/essays/swedens-hands-on-dads-and-the-hormones-of-fatherhood)
 
 

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Auditorium
Trump, the Free Press, and Our Democracy
Trump, the Free Press, and Our Democracy
Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Auditorium

Co-Sponsored by NOW-NYC and the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Tickets: http://nownyc.org/events/countdown-to-tyranny/

FREE for students. RSVP here.

Donald Trump has blatantly proclaimed the media to be the “opposition party” and an “enemy of the people.” His attacks on the press are dangerous to democracy and are a red flag to Americans. Learn from the experts, as we examine Trump’s actions in the context of history and the warning signs of fascism. We will talk about freedom of the press, fake news and “alternative facts,” and what we must do to protect our democracy NOW.

Guest speakers include:

Sarah Edkins, Communications Director of PEN America, a media advocacy organization tracking media suppression & promoting journalists’ rights. Edkins has also worked with history museums and human rights initiatives.

Timothy Snyder, leading historian, Yale professor, and author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, who has documented how democracies across Europe fell to fascism.

Lucy Westcott, international reporter for Newsweek and former United Nations correspondent who covers immigration, reproductive rights, and women’s issues.

According to Snyder, we are poised to repeat history if we do not heed the warnings and fight for our democracy. Join us for this eye-opening look at history and fascism. It will embolden you to embrace your inner activist.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Low Memorial Library at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Ethics in Action: Ethics and Wall Street
Ethics in Action: Ethics and Wall Street
Friday, March 10, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Low Memorial Library at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

NOTICE: This event has been relocated to Low Memorial Library at Columbia University. 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.

Seating is first come, first served, so please show up early to secure a spot.

Following the 2008 financial crisis greater scrutiny was placed on Wall Street practices, resulting in reform laws like the Dodd-Frank bill. But has Wall Street learned its lesson? According to a recent survey of 1,200 financial professionals, 20 percent felt it was sometimes necessary for people to engage in illegal or unethical behavior to succeed.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, author of the new book Building the New American Economy (forword by Bernie Sanders), will lead a panel of financial and legal experts, including:

Ari Melber, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent
Sheelah Kolhatkar, Staff Writer at The New Yorker and author of Black Edge
Judge Jed Rakoff, US District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
Bob Ivry, staff reporter for Bloomberg News and author of The Seven Sins of Wall Street

Join us for an hour-long discussion on the lessons we can still learn from 2008 financial crisis and what is right, wrong, moral, and immoral in the financial markets. Following the discussion you will have the opportunity to ask your questions of the panel. Register for free today and be armed with the information you need to make a difference in the fight for Wall Street reform.

About the Series

Ethics in Action NYC is not just another event. It's the chance to learn actionable steps you can take to make a positive difference in the world. Ethical NYC will bring together a who's-who of renowned community leaders to converse with Professor Jeffrey Sachs about some of the great social, economic, political, and environmental challenges of our time. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: The Subject Was Roses
Ethics and the Theater: The Subject Was Roses
Friday, March 10, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present: The Subject Was Roses, by Frank D. Gilroy.

This Pulitzer Prize–winning play scrutinizes the American ideal of family through the Clearys, husband, wife, and son, living a middle-class life in the mid-20th-century Bronx. When son Timmy returns home from serving in World War II, he disrupts the tenuous peace between his parents. As both vie for his love and support, old scars are reopened and new wounds inflicted.

Come at 6:30 pm for a reception and after the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar.

 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

March Theme: How Science Brings Light to Ethics

Ethical Explorers will look at how ethical exploration is enhanced by the scentific method, learning how knowledge benefits from the collaboration of diverse minds.

Join us as we:

-Probe the quest for truth as represented by science.
-Sort out the powers of opinion and fact, hypothesis and conclusion
-Create brain-hats and think deeply about the sceince of the past, present and future.
-Stand up together as a community in support of scientific inquiry, knowledge, and their value in our Ethical growth.

Send RSVP's and inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org
Read and respond on our blog: YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com

Sunday Schedule:

11:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor - ETHICAL'S inclusive community gathers. Following the community greeting and music, adults and teens are welcome to stay for the Platform Meeting

11:15am
Children (and any parents who wish to attend) go upstairs to the Elliott Library, room 507, for special values-based activities.

12:30pm
We all reconvene in the Cafeteria, 6th floor. Families may choose to stayf or lunch (always free for children and teens).

1:30pm
Ethics for Youth and Teen Leaders meets at the Teen Table.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: Reclaiming the Light Amid the Darkness
Sunday Meeting: Reclaiming the Light Amid the Darkness
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Leader Dr. Joe Chuman
Pat Debrovner presides

A menacing darkness looms over us. The political climate is both repressive and chaotic.

All that we cherish, all that we have struggled for is being precipitously undone, leaving those who cherish freedom and democracy in fear and maybe despair. 

But as humanists I think we agree that the future is not predetermined. The future is always an open future, and political currents that flow in one direction can change their course and move in another.

In this time of darkness, I recall that out of the evil of European fascism and the unprecedented violence of the Second World War, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed, and  we experienced a period of tremendous growth and social progress.

Perpetual resistance is in order. Moreover for progressives, change may not be the requirement of the moment, but rather a firm commitment to our basic norms  -- rights, freedom, dissent -- and all things needed to safeguard a society which is decent and worth having.

Shared charity: International Rescue Committee

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, March 12, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial. 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Auditorium
"WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere" Launch Event w/ Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel
"WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere" Launch Event w/ Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel
Monday, March 13, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Auditorium

Click here to purchase tickets (includes signed copy of WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere)

In partnership with The Strand, Ethical is proud to host the launch of WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, written by actor/producer Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel.

Imagine a sisterhood—across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best…

So begins WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere—an inspiring, empowering, and provocative manifesto for change written by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel. Change that we can all effect, one woman at a time. Change that provides a crucial and timely antidote to the “have-it-all” superwoman culture and instead focuses on what will make each and every one of us happier and more free. Change that provides an answer to the nagging sense of “is that it?” that almost all of us can succumb to when we wake in the dead of night.

Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television, and theater actor and producer, writer, and activist. She currently lives in London with her children.

Jennifer Nadel is an award-winning broadcast journalist, qualified attorney, writer, and activist. American-born, she also lives in London with her three sons.

 
 
9:00 AM to 11:30 PM
NOTICE: BUILDING CLOSED
NOTICE: BUILDING CLOSED
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 -
9:00am to 11:30pm

NOTICE: Due to the snowstorm, Ethical will be closed for the day.

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
CANCELLED - The Joy of Personal Writing
CANCELLED - The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NOTICE: This event has been cancelled due to the snowstorm.
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Maggie Determann at 212.874.5210, x113 or email her at mdetermann@nysec.org

Advance registration is required for the entire nine-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
CANCELLED - Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
CANCELLED - Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

NOTICE: This has been cancelled due to the approaching blizzard.

With Leader Anne Klaeysen

Everyone Loves TED! It's even better when you can discuss the talks with other people. Together we will view selections with contemporary ethical themes and engage in a lively discussion. Links to the talks will be published on our website AFTER each session so that everyone will see them for the first time.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Please join us for a Socratic discussion on "How do you deal with irrational people?"

From the article suggested for this discussion: "As readers of this blog, of my books, and of pretty much everything else I’ve written so far know, I value rational discourse and (still) believe it to be the only way forward open to humanity. But boy it can get frustrating, sometimes! One such example occurred recently, during an increasingly surreal discussion I had with one of my relatives — about politics, pseudoscience (specifically, the non-existent connection between vaccines and autism), conspiracy theories (9/11), and much, much more." (more here).

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 508
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Room 508

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
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/

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Music Café at Ethical: Open Mic w/ John Wilmeth & Steph Walker
The Music Café at Ethical: Open Mic w/ John Wilmeth & Steph Walker
Friday, March 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to relax, unwind, and enjoy music, refreshments, and good company.

Music to delight the heart, soothe the soul and move the spirit is here a’plenty — from jazz to folk, ballad to blues, classics to contemporary, sad to funny, romantic to political. MC Steph Walker and The John Wilmeth Jazz trio bring us a bevy of musical talent. Sign up to perform if you like! Or just sit back and enjoy.

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

Come and read with us in March - women’s history, spring, whatever you like!

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: The Great Commitments
Sunday Meeting: The Great Commitments
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Lyle Roelofs, Ph.D.
Dick Van Deusen presides

Shared charity: Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council

Since its founding in 1855, Berea College has been committed to providing higher education to the underserved, doing so without charging tuition.  Its spiritual foundation, the belief that “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” motivates the inclusive nature of the educational community that comprises Berea, and also undergirds the College’s mission statement, expressed in our Great Commitments.  These eight Commitments serve as an ethical and strategic basis for decisions made at the College.  The lecture will outline the Great Commitments and illustrate how they guide planning, programming and leadership decisions at Berea College.

Lyle Roelofs began his tenure as Berea College’s ninth president on July 1, 2012.  He is a graduate of Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) with a B.S. degree with honors in physics and mathematics.  He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in physics, at the University of Maryland and has more than 35 years of experience in teaching and research at the University of Maryland, Calvin College, Brown University, Haverford College, and Colgate University.  He is also an experienced administrator, having served as associate provost at Haverford College, and as provost, dean of faculty, and interim president at Colgate University prior to his appointment at Berea.  A number of U.S. and international institutions, including Sandia National Laboratory, the Fritz-Haber Institut in Berlin, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich), Technische Universität Clausthal, and Universität Ulm, have hosted Roelofs as a visiting scientist or fellow.

Dr. Roelofs’ leadership initiatives at Berea College include strategic planning and institutional advancement through exploration of the College’s Great Commitments, sustainability as an institutional commitment, and enhancing the physical resources of the College.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

March Theme: How Science Brings Light to Ethics

Ethical Explorers will look at how ethical exploration is enhanced by the scentific method, learning how knowledge benefits from the collaboration of diverse minds.

Join us as we:

-Probe the quest for truth as represented by science.
-Sort out the powers of opinion and fact, hypothesis and conclusion
-Create brain-hats and think deeply about the sceince of the past, present and future.
-Stand up together as a community in support of scientific inquiry, knowledge, and their value in our Ethical growth.

Send RSVP's and inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org
Read and respond on our blog: YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com

Sunday Schedule:

11:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor - ETHICAL'S inclusive community gathers. Following the community greeting and music, adults and teens are welcome to stay for the Platform Meeting

11:15am
Children (and any parents who wish to attend) go upstairs to the Elliott Library, room 507, for special values-based activities.

12:30pm
We all reconvene in the Cafeteria, 6th floor. Families may choose to stayf or lunch (always free for children and teens).

1:30pm
Ethics for Youth and Teen Leaders meets at the Teen Table.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor
Ethical Action Committee - Open Meeting
Ethical Action Committee - Open Meeting
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor

The purpose of this committee is to engage the Ethical members and friends in actions that will help to eradicate injustice in our city, state, country and world — with the aim of making the world a safe, secure place where every person everywhere is treated with decency and fairness.

There is an imperative for informed, planned action on so many social justice issues at this time. Join the committee today to help to make it happen. 

This meeting is open to the public.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, March 20, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Join me and other fellow students of Stoicism for a discussion on "How to choose your Hellenistic school." 

From the article suggested for this meeting: "The Hellenistic period, which is typically defined as going from the death of Alexander the Great (323 BCE) to the rise of the Roman Empire (marked by the battle of Actium, 31 BCE) saw the flourishing of a bewildering number of new philosophical schools, of which Stoicism was of course one. I have discussed the variety of these schools and their genealogical derivation from the thought of Socrates in a previous post, devoted more broadly to the differences between ancient and modern conceptions of ethics, and of course this very blog is an ongoing discussion and exploration of Stoicism in particular. But perhaps Stoicism isn’t quite for you, and yet you are still attracted to the idea of a eudaimonic life, a life spent in pursuit of something that makes it meaningful and worth living? Then you are in luck, because I’m about to introduce the Hellenistic Schools decision making tree!" (more here).

Please note that the meeting is free for members of the Ethical Society, $5 for non-members (at the door). If you are a member, please do not RVSP here, you can come anyway.

 
 
7:00 PM
Auditorium
Declaration 17 Civics Education Evening
Declaration 17 Civics Education Evening
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
Auditorium

Doors open at 6:30.

Civil Rights attorney Norman Siegel has held public readings of United States founding documents for many years. Following this presidential election, he started work on Declaration 17, a collaborative project with many individuals rather than organizations, and no politicians. People are invited to sign onto this declaration at its website, declaration17.com. Our emphasis is on civics education, as it seems for decades students have not been taught the basics about American democracy. We see the consequences of that lack of education today.

At this event, a reading will be conducted of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and UN Declaration of Human Rights, along with a discussion of key points.

 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members to find out who we are and what we do. Ask about the Society and our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership. Please RSVP by calling ext. 113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leader's Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office

Moderator: Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader

Discuss the works of Felix Adler and other thinkers whose writings are seminal to Ethical Culture and humanist philosophy.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library Room 507
350NYC General Public Meeting
350NYC General Public Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library Room 507

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 23, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “The New Underground Railroad” by Jason Markusoff, Maclean’s, 2/7/17 (http://www.macleans.ca/the-new-underground-railroad-to-canada/)
 
 

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 to 8:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Thursday, March 23, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Social Hall

Resist! Volunteer Meeting

Join Food & Water Watch to learn about plans to oppose the extreme right-wing anti-environmental agenda and fight for clean water, climate justice, and safe food.

Food and Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all by standing up to corporations that put profits before people and advocating for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. 

 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Comedy Corner at Ethical: Jimmy Tingle
Comedy Corner at Ethical: Jimmy Tingle
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Host SCOTT BLAKEMAN is an original member of Laughing Liberally, New York’s longest running political comedy show.
 
Joining Scott this month is Jimmy Tingle, whom you will likely recognize from his appearances on the Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and in his own HBO half-hour comedy special.
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Politics at the Intersection: Women's Rights and Climate Justice
Sunday Meeting - Politics at the Intersection: Women's Rights and Climate Justice
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Eleanor Blomstrom
Monica Weiss presides

Shared charity: WEDO - Women's Environment and Development Organization

This talk will focus on the work of the 25 year old Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), founded by former U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, and other visionary women leaders. Eleanor will examine the challenges, milestones and current strategies for undertaking advocacy and movement building at the intersection of women’s rights and environment. What are the connections between gender equality, environment and climate change? How are women’s groups mobilizing in the United States and around the world to demand climate justice?

Eleanor Blomstrom is the Co-Director and Head of Office at the Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), based in New York. With a women’s human rights and justice lens, she focuses on sustainable development, climate change and urbanization, incorporating research, capacity building, and global-level advocacy at multiple UN fora, including the UNFCCC (climate change) and the 2030 sustainable development agenda. Eleanor is co-lead of the Women’s Major Groups for Sustainable Development and for Disaster Risk Reduction, which continues WEDO’s long-standing role of facilitating space for women’s rights advocacy, organizing and action. Working in collaboration with key women’s and civil society allies, this work has impacted the gender equality language outcomes of recent international agreements and will support implementation.

Prior to WEDO, Eleanor worked on climate change projects ranging from green roofs to waste management to adaptation. She also has community development experience in the areas of agriculture and women’s empowerment with organizations in Nicaragua and Nigeria. Her current work is informed by a professional background in bilingual elementary education with a focus on race and gender equity in public schools. Eleanor holds a Master of International Affairs in Urban and Environmental Policy and a Bachelor degree in Environmental Sciences.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

March Theme: How Science Brings Light to Ethics

Ethical Explorers will look at how ethical exploration is enhanced by the scentific method, learning how knowledge benefits from the collaboration of diverse minds.

Join us as we:

-Probe the quest for truth as represented by science.
-Sort out the powers of opinion and fact, hypothesis and conclusion
-Create brain-hats and think deeply about the sceince of the past, present and future.
-Stand up together as a community in support of scientific inquiry, knowledge, and their value in our Ethical growth.

Send RSVP's and inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org
Read and respond on our blog: YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com

Sunday Schedule:

11:00am
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor - ETHICAL'S inclusive community gathers. Following the community greeting and music, adults and teens are welcome to stay for the Platform Meeting

11:15am
Children (and any parents who wish to attend) go upstairs to the Elliott Library, room 507, for special values-based activities.

12:30pm
We all reconvene in the Cafeteria, 6th floor. Families may choose to stayf or lunch (always free for children and teens).

1:30pm
Ethics for Youth and Teen Leaders meets at the Teen Table.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Room 508
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 1:15pm
Room 508
 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Caring Committee Meeting
Caring Committee Meeting
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science: Benjamin Franklin, Scientist
Speaking of Science: Benjamin Franklin, Scientist
Monday, March 27, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

With Joel Kirman

 

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

With Leader Anne Klaeysen

Everyone Loves TED! It's even better when you can discuss the talks with other people. Together we will view selections with contemporary ethical themes and engage in a lively discussion. Links to the talks will be published on our website AFTER each session so that everyone will see them for the first time.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 3/22/17

"America's Epidemic of Infallibility"
by P. Krugman
The New York Times, 3/20/17

"Slashing the Aid That Saves Lives"
by N. Kristoff
The New York Times, 3/19/17

"Make America Singapore"
by R. Douthat
The New York Times, 3/19/17

"Warnings of a 'Powder Keg' in Libya as ISIS Regroups After Setbacks"
by E. Schmitt
The New York Times, 3/22/17

"An Assault on Health and Science"
by H. Varmus
The New York Times, 3/22/17

 
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “How Assad Is Winning” by Charles Glass, NY Review of Books, 2/23/17 (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/02/23/how-assad-is-winning/)
 
 

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, March 30, 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.