Event Calendar

January 2018

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Monday, January 1, 2018 (All day) New Year's Day - Building Closed
New Year's Day - Building Closed
Monday, January 1, 2018 (All day)
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday
with moderator Ken Gans

 
Join for philosophical discussions focusing on today's headlines, covering a wide variety of subjects, including the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, and more.

Readings TBA

 
 
 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
CANCELLED - What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
CANCELLED - What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, January-May.
With Leader Anne Klayesen

NOTE: Tonight's event is cancelled. We'll see you next week!

Humanism is as old as humanity and as necessary a philosophy today as ever. Definitions abound, but novelist Kurt Vonnegut put it most succinctly: “Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.” As a worldview, Humanism places humanity within, not above or outside, nature. Awareness of our mortality prompts us to learn more about our existence and environment, just as it inspires us to give meaning to our lives. In taking responsibility for our actions, Humanists dedicate ourselves to improving living conditions for everyone.

This course will delve into the history of Humanism, elucidate its key concepts, and address the ways in which this philosophy (and, for some, religion) can guide us in the future. Syllabus and resource materials will be made available upon registration. Guest speakers will introduce participants to varieties of Humanism.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group
Great Literature Discussion Group
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: The Royal Game (aka Chess Story) by Stefan Zweig     

Read the novella in advance and be prepared to discuss the aspects of interest to you by referring to specific related text and reading it to the group.  Visit https://www.meetup.com/Great-Literature-Discussions/  to learn more about us.

Monthly, 1st Wednesday

Members Free, Guests $5

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
CANCELLED- Leader Lunch Discussion
CANCELLED- Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 4, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
NOTE: This week's Leader Lunch is cancelled. We'll see you next week!
 
 
 

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
CANCELLED - Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE) - "As Older People, Can We Deal With an Inconvenient Truth?"
CANCELLED - Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE) - "As Older People, Can We Deal With an Inconvenient Truth?"
Thursday, January 4, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

NOTICE: Due to the storm, this event has been cancelled.

Topic: "As Older People, Can We Deal With an Inconvenient Truth?"

with Vincent Brancato, Co-Chair of the Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 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
Ethics for Children
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Anne Klaeysen: Justice January
Sunday Meeting - Anne Klaeysen: Justice January
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Let's get this new year off to a rousing start by grappling with the topic of justice, an idea that has taken center stage in ethics, philosophy, religion, law, and politics for millennia.

What distinguishes it from other moral and political ideas? What are the differences between conservative and liberal justice or punitive and restorative justice? Does it apply only between people who stand in a particular kind of relationship to one another? What do we mean when we stay that we have a social justice mission? Together we will explore these ideas and apply them to actions.

Shared charity: Encampment for Citizenship

Presider: Maggie Determann

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch and Social Hour
Lunch and Social Hour
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Lunch With The League of Women Voters: The Fight for Education w/ Michael A. Rebell
Lunch With The League of Women Voters: The Fight for Education w/ Michael A. Rebell
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall

Topic: The Fight for Education
Guest Speaker: Michael A. Rebell, Director of the Center for Educational Equity at Columbia Teachers College

Lunch will be served from 12PM-1PM.

Ethical NYC members, please RSVP by contacting Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann at 212-874-5210 ext. 113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org.

LWV members, please RSVP either by calling our office at 212-725-3541 or by emailing our office manager at ecorvi@lwvnyc.org.

Michael A. Rebell is the executive director of the Center for Educational Equity and Professor of Practice in Law and Educational Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Previously, Mr. Rebell was the executive director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, and co-counsel for the plaintiffs in CFE v. State of New York, a challenge to the system of funding public education in the State of New York which has established the right of all students in the state to the "opportunity for a sound basic education. "

Mr. Rebell has also litigated numerous major class action lawsuits, including Jose P. v. Mills, which involved a plaintiff class of 160,000 students with disabilities. He also served as a court-appointed special master in the Boston special education case, Allen v. Parks. Currently, he is co-counsel for plaintiffs in New Yorkers for Students Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New York, a challenge to the state's failure to fully implement the rights established in the CFE case. Mr. Rebell is the author or co-author of six books, and dozens of articles on issues of law and education. Among his most recent works are Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts and Civic Participation (Univ of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2018), Courts And Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through The State Courts (U. Chicago Press, 2009 and 2017 Supplement,) and The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity, 47 Harvard Civil Rts-Civil Lib. L. Rev. 49 (2012.)

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
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.

https://www.ted.com/talks/touria_el_glaoui_inside_africa_s_thriving_art_scene

https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_feldman_barrett_you_aren_t_at_the_mercy_of_your_emotions_your_brain_creates_them

https://www.ted.com/talks/tiffany_watt_smith_the_history_of_human_emotions

https://www.ted.com/talks/heather_lanier_good_and_bad_are_incomplete_stories_we_tell_ourselves

https://www.ted.com/talks/justin_baldoni_why_i_m_done_trying_to_be_man_enough

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Leader Dr. Richard Koral

Even among those who are mindful of the subtle racial, ethnic, and class distinctions that persist in society, we are all participants in a larger societal structure that perpetuates injustices. We will read and discuss books and articles that explore the features of systemic racism and classism in America to better understand the ways in which society can recreate itself to permit all people to flourish and thrive.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 11, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Readings: "Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Schools" (2/21/17) and "The Resegregation of Jefferson County" (9/6/17) by Nikole Hannah Jones, The New York Times

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: On Golden Pond
Ethics and the Theater: On Golden Pond
Friday, January 12, 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
6:30pm reception - light refreshments. Reading begins at 7:00pm.

Ethics and the Theater will present: On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson.

Norman and Ethel Thayer, a married couple on the border between middle and old age, have retreated to their New England lake house as they have every summer for decades, performing the familiar rituals of unpacking, trading playful jibes. This year, however, death and debility are a constant presence, lurking in the wings when not directly invoked by Norman, only half in jest. The visit of their daughter, accompanied by her fiancé and his son, is thus an occasion not just to relive happy moments but also to come to air and try to dissolve the tensions that have driven parents and child apart.

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: Renewal
Colloquy: Renewal
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508

Colloquy is a long-standing discussion group and a mainstay for members to express their opinions on a great many subjects. The group meets at 9:30 on the 2nd Sunday of each month (except July and August).

This month's topic: renewal.

Put Colloquy on your calendar and be part of the discussion!

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 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 - Joe Chuman: The Radical Martin Luther King We Do Not Know
Sunday Meeting - Joe Chuman: The Radical Martin Luther King We Do Not Know
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

What most people don’t know about Martin Luther King, Jr. is that beyond his militant critique of racism and white supremacy, he powerfully condemned American militarism, imperialism, and materialism, and had a class analysis of the evils of capitalism. Though he did not often proclaim it publicly, King was an identified democratic socialist. Few Americans knew of this side of King and still don’t. But the FBI assuredly did, and it was for no small reason that J. Edgar Hoover referred to him as “the most dangerous man in America.”

But, while King sustained a severe criticism of the evils of American society, he was by no means anti-American. In these times, we can learn from Martin Luther King, Jr. the need for dissent in the service of a transformative vision for our society.

Our shared charity is Project Harmony, a grassroots, non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to the wellbeing and sustainability of our total environment, active in community revitalization since 1985.

Presider: Leader Anne Klaeysen

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, January 14, 2018 -
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, January 14, 2018 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
Monday, January 15, 2018 (All day) BUILDING CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
BUILDING CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 15, 2018 (All day)
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Room 508
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

Try your hand at personal NON-FICTION in a nine-week class led by Elaine Berman Gurney. You can belong to a supportive group of writers – some just starting and others more experienced – and learn basic and more advanced writing skills. ALL ARE WELCOME!

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 Tuesday afternoon term. Begins January 16.

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leader's Office, Room 502
POSTPONED to 1/23 - Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
POSTPONED to 1/23 - Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office, Room 502

NOTICE: This event has been postponed until next Tuesday, January 23.

with Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman.

This is a monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issuese and occasionally classical writings relating Ethical Culture and Humanism. We will primarily make use of articles from journals of opinion and book chapters when relevant. Rather than taking a merely journalistic approach, the discussions will aim to illuminate the philosophical concepts and values which underlie the issues being discussed. Register to receive reading assignments in advance: please contact Maggie Determann at mdeterman@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x 113.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, January-May.
With Leader Anne Klayesen

Humanism is as old as humanity and as necessary a philosophy today as ever. Definitions abound, but novelist Kurt Vonnegut put it most succinctly: “Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.” As a worldview, Humanism places humanity within, not above or outside, nature. Awareness of our mortality prompts us to learn more about our existence and environment, just as it inspires us to give meaning to our lives. In taking responsibility for our actions, Humanists dedicate ourselves to improving living conditions for everyone.

This course will delve into the history of Humanism, elucidate its key concepts, and address the ways in which this philosophy (and, for some, religion) can guide us in the future. Syllabus and resource materials will be made available upon registration. Guest speakers will introduce participants to varieties of Humanism.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 18, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "Two Schools of Thought: Success Academy's Radical Educational Experiment" by Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 12/11/17
 

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE) - Meditation, Releasing Stress
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE) - Meditation, Releasing Stress
Thursday, January 18, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: Meditation, Releasing Stress
with Robert W. Hofman, Geriatric Care Manager, Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, January 18, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

Try your hand at personal NON-FICTION in a nine-week class led by Elaine Berman Gurney. You can belong to a supportive group of writers – some just starting and others more experienced – and learn basic and more advanced writing skills. ALL ARE WELCOME!

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 Thursday evening term. Begins January 18.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Thursday, January 18, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Music Café: Gabrielle Stravelli & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Music Café: Gabrielle Stravelli & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Friday, January 19, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, enjoy the music, refreshments, good company, and entertainment. Get up and dance if the music moves you! Or just sit back and enjoy. MC Steph Walker and the John Wilmeth Jazz trio bring us a bevy of musical talent.

As she dipped and swooped, twirling notes and phrases with a confidence and playfulnessthat recalled Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, Ms. Stravelli began interpreting lyrics with a ferocity that her vocal pyrotechnics accentuated.” --Stephen Holden, New York Times

“..one of the top vocalists on the music scene today.” –Fred Hersch, 9-time Grammy nominated pianist and composer.

Right now she’s hotter than the equator.” -- — David Finkle, Village Voice

Award-winning vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli has the whole package — a fantastic instrument, great timing, perfect diction, and superb musicianship. She's garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her original songs and her unique take on material from the new American songbook as well as classic standards. A trained actor, Gabrielle has a soulful sensitivity for the story in the lyric and was called “a powerhouse of individual expression” by The Village Voice.

You probably heard Ms. Stravelli’s latest album, “Dream Ago”, that received rave reviews from Downbeat Magazine, LA Jazz Scene, and The Huffington Post among others.  She has toured the US with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, performing Wynton Marsalis’s Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration, which has been featured in 92Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists Series. In recognition of such talent and ability to draw crowds, the Association of Clubs and Cabarets awarded Gabrielle Stravelli the MAC “Best Female Vocalist” in 2015. Her reputation spread internationally as toured for the U.S. Department of State as a “Jazz Ambassador.”

Gabrielle will be backed by the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio: John Wilmeth on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Dave Meade on drums.

Her website is gabriellestravelli.com

 
 
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
2 W 64th St
Womens' March with Ethical NYC
Womens' March with Ethical NYC
Saturday, January 20, 2018 -
9:30am to 4:00pm
2 W 64th St

We will be marching in the second Womens' March! To join Leader Anne Klaeysen and the NYSEC group, please meet in the lobby of our meeting house on Saturday, January 20th at 9:30 am. We will pose for a group photo at 10:30 am and join the march at 11:00 am. After the march from 4:00 - 6:00 pm, there will be a huddle in room 507 with Arlene Geiger and marchers from Indivisble and MoveOn.

 
 
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Social Hall
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, January 20, 2018 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Hall

Big Apple Knitters Guild General Meeting

This is a membership organization separate from NYSEC that sets its own yearly & event fees. For more information, visit: www.bakg.org

 
 
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Post-Womens' March Huddle w/ Indivisible and MoveOn
Post-Womens' March Huddle w/ Indivisible and MoveOn
Saturday, January 20, 2018 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

After the Women's March, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm there will be a huddle in room 507 with Arlene Geiger and marchers from Indivisble and MoveOn.

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Auditorium
American Indian Community House Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Benefit
American Indian Community House Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Benefit
Saturday, January 20, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Auditorium

Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/thunderbirds-benefit

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers have been delighting audiences in the US, Canada, Israel and Japan, and performing in NYC in such venues as Lincoln Center, the Museum of Natural History, Barnard College, and The National Museum of the American Indian.

The troupe was founded in 1963 by a group of 10 men and women— all New Yorkers, all descended from Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago and San Blas tribes; and, at the time, all among the first generation born outside of reservations. Thunderbird’s mission is to keep alive the traditions, and to bring the public a more realistic picture and greater understanding of the American Indian people.

Come out to Ethical for an evening of traditional Native American songs, dances, and more.

https://thunderbirdamericanindiandancers.wordpress.com/about/

https://aich.org/

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides

We'll be reading poets from Latin America and South America.

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 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 - Panel: Decolonizing New York City w/ American Indian Community House
Sunday Meeting - Panel: Decolonizing New York City w/ American Indian Community House
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join us for a Q&A with members of the American Indian Community House. Meet with Native American/First Nations/Indigenous Activists & Leaders who have been on the ground participating in social justice actions and Native activism movements.

The American Indian Community House (AICH) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving the health, social service, and cultural needs of Native Americans residing in New York City. AICH was founded in 1969, by Native American volunteers as a community-based organization, mandated to improve the status of Native Americans, and to foster inter-cultural understanding. Since its inception, AICH has grown into a multi-faceted social support agency and cultural center with a staff of 35 that serves the estimated 27,000 Native Americans in New York City.

"For us, warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity."

-Chief Sitting Bull (Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux)

Panelists:

Ben Geboe is executive director of the American Indian Community House and is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. He is pursuing his PhD in Social Work at McGill University in Montreal.

Rick Chavolla (Kumeyaay/Chicano) was born and raised in Arizona. He earned his B.A. from Boston University and his M.A. from Boston College. Since his first appointments in higher education at Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University, Rick has taught classes and directed various initiatives to advance multiculturalism, social justice and institutional decolonization. Rick served as an Assistant Dean at Yale University, directing the Native American Cultural Center and the Latina/o Cultural Center. Following Yale, Rick was Associate Director for the Center for Racial and Ethnic Equity at the American Council on Education in Washington D.C. More recently, Rick directed New York University’s Center for Multicultural Education and Programs. Since his departure full-time with NYU, Rick has been an educational consultant, which has included work with the College of Arts & Sciences and A/P/A Institute of NYU, the University of South Dakota, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Ivy League Project. He currently serves as Board Chair for the American Indian Community House of New York and on the Board for the NGO Committee of the UN on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Rick also advises the Native American and Indigenous Student Group of NYU, the Native American Alumni Association of Yale and works closely with a number of other Native student organizations in the New York area.

Iako:wihe`ne/Melissa Oakes: Fashion Activist Melissa Oakes is a Mohawk woman known as Iako:wihe`ne of the Snipe-clan family, she resides in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory and New York City. She was born and raised on an Iroquois reservation bordering Canada and the United States. Iako:wihe`ne has always pursued and in depth cultural exploration of Northern and Southern Tribal Art and Design. However, her studies were never limited to Native American Culture, she also studied and accomplished various degree’s and certifications in Fashion Design, Business and Leadership. Through her tribe and sheer determination Iakowihe`ne had the opportunity to study in Montreal, New York City, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. With such immense opportunity, and acquired knowledge through her education she finds inspiration reflective of her global perspective through art, fashion and business. She beading workshops at the American Indian Community House in NYC and is long established activist for Indigenous issues.

More panelists TBA.

Shared charity: American Indian Community House

Presider: Anne Klaeysen

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion - Brick By Brick: A Civil Rights Story w/ Director Bill Kavanagh
Film & Discussion - Brick By Brick: A Civil Rights Story w/ Director Bill Kavanagh
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Presented by the film's director, Bill Kavanagh!

Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story is a one-hour television documentary about a contemporary American battle for civil rights.  It follows three families in Yonkers, New York, in the middle of a confrontation about the politics and law of racial discrimination in housing and schools that challenges and changes their hometown.

Brick by Brick describes how a ghetto was created through public policies.  The film initially paints a picture of isolation for many people of color in the city, most of whom are living in segregated neighborhoods served by failing schools.  The primary storytellers are local people from different backgrounds, who relate their personal encounters with housing and educational discrimination, as well as others who experience very different opportunities across town.

In education, the film details how local public school divisions grew up around a neighborhood overwhelmed with 7,000 units of public housing, further entrenching the city's color line.  Along with the harsh reality of this situation, viewers see the community react to the conditions in their children’s schools, fighting back to force Yonkers to change its ways.

Brick by Brick tracks the resulting federal US v Yonkers litigation, which challenged neighborhood and educational discrimination. Coming back out of the courtroom into the community, the story describes the bitter local confrontation about race and the very concept of community that follows.  From a first person perspective, characters weave a tale of years of work attempting to achieve justice, with a labyrinth of successes and setbacks that the struggle entails. 

At its close, Brick by Brick shows what has happened both to a community and to individual citizens, committed to their city.  It also illustrates the difference housing opportunity can make in a single family’s life. The story brings the fiery legal and political crucible of a contemporary city and its larger implications for our nation today onto the screen.

http://www.brick-by-brick.com

As a documentary maker, Bill Kavanagh has followed long-term projects that unearth social and political change in a historical perspective.  Currently, he is producing a work-in-progress that traces blue collar workers’ lives and employment over several decades in a former steel-town in Pennsylvania; the film sets their stories in a context of political and economic change in American history since the early 1970s.

He is also advising a team now producing a film on the David Dinkins Administration and the period in New York City when he became Mayor. 

Bill most recently produced/directed a documentary short, A Matter of Place, on housing discrimination and those who fight it. It still screens around the US, winning documentary and education honors, including 2 Telly Awards for educational and documentary films.  This film was produced in partnership with the Fair Housing Justice Center and has been distributed to fair housing organizations throughout the country for their organizing efforts as well.

Bill produced and directed the award-winning feature documentary, Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story, about housing segregation in post civil rights-era America. The film focuses on Yonkers, New York and a landmark federal anti-discrimination lawsuit, US v. Yonkers. The film depicts three families who broke barriers in their hometown. Brick by Brick first aired in 2007 on WNET, New York City's PBS station. It continues to be shown in universities, law schools, and by activists in civil rights work.

Bill Kavanagh was also Field Producer of Enemies of War, a feature documentary about human rights, war, peace, and murder in Central America that premiered on PBS's Independent Lens series in 2001.  He interviewed Salvadoran campesinos, rebel leaders, Salvadoran and US officials and many of the human rights activists who ended impunity in El Salvador after the war.

In corporate media, marketing, fashion, and communications, Bill’s production company, Kavanagh Productions Inc, also produces video and media in various genres internationally. Kavanagh Productions has been serving corporate and non-profit organizations for decades.

 

 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 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
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Room 508
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

Try your hand at personal NON-FICTION in a nine-week class led by Elaine Berman Gurney. You can belong to a supportive group of writers – some just starting and others more experienced – and learn basic and more advanced writing skills. ALL ARE WELCOME!

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 Tuesday afternoon term. Begins January 16.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
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, January 23, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by N. Kristoff
The New York Times, 1/7/2018

The Global Order is Coming Apart. Welcome to 2018.
by Ian Bremmer
Time Magazine, 1/15/18

In China, Macron Offers Vision to Counter Trump
by J. Hernandez
The New York Times, 1/10/18

Know-Nothings For the 21st Century
by P. Krugman
The New York Times, 1/16/18

While You Were Sleeping
by T. Friedman
Time Magazine, 1/17/18

Trump's Threat to Democracy
by N. Kristoff
The New York Times,1/11/18

 
 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leader's Office, Room 502
Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Camaraderie and Good Conversation on Issues Philosophical and Newsworthy
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office, Room 502

with Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman.

This is a monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issuese and occasionally classical writings relating Ethical Culture and Humanism. We will primarily make use of articles from journals of opinion and book chapters when relevant. Rather than taking a merely journalistic approach, the discussions will aim to illuminate the philosophical concepts and values which underlie the issues being discussed. Register to receive reading assignments in advance: please contact Maggie Determann at mdeterman@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x 113.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -
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
Social Hall
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 25, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "The Takedown of Title IX" by Kathryn Joyce, The New York Times, 12/10/17
 

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.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, January 25, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

Try your hand at personal NON-FICTION in a nine-week class led by Elaine Berman Gurney. You can belong to a supportive group of writers – some just starting and others more experienced – and learn basic and more advanced writing skills. ALL ARE WELCOME!

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 Thursday evening term. Begins January 18.

 
 
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall
CreArtBox Music Series Concert
CreArtBox Music Series Concert
Friday, January 26, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall

Tickets: https://creartbox.nyc

Ethical NYC is pleased to bring you the 5th in a series of concerts by CreArt Box, the exciting and unique group that presents classical and new music with ensembles and world-class soloists along with visual artists. The company continues its mission of working with living composers by presenting a new piece written by the American composer Joshua Penman.

BEETHOVEN Kakadu Variations, Opus 121a (special collaboration with noted Beethoven authority musicologist Lewis Lockwood)
BRYCE DESSNER Murder Ballades
DEBUSSY Prélude a l’aprés-midi d’un Faune
JOSHUA PENMAN Moontides (World Premiere) 

For a taste of what to expect, visit CreArt on YouTube.

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 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 - Colleen Eren - Bernie Madoff and The Crisis: The Public Trial of Capitalism
Sunday Meeting - Colleen Eren - Bernie Madoff and The Crisis: The Public Trial of Capitalism
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

At the 10 year anniversary of both Bernie Madoff's arrest and the Financial Crisis of 2008, sociologist Colleen Eren discusses her new book (Stanford University Press, 2017) Bernie Madoff and the Crisis: The Public Trial of Capitalism. Colleen goes beyond purely investigative accounts to examine how and why Madoff became the epicenter of public fury and titillation.

Rooting her argument in critical sociology, she analyzes media coverage of this landmark case alongside original interviews with dozens of journalists and editors involved in the reportage, the SEC Director of Public Affairs, and Bernie Madoff himself. Turning the mirror back onto society, she locates Madoff within a broader reckoning about free market capitalism. She argues that our ideological and cultural tendencies to attribute blame to individuals—be they regulators, victims, or "monsters" like Madoff—distracts us from more systemic critiques. Bernie Madoff and the Crisis offers fresh insight into the 2008 crisis, whether we have come to terms with it, and what we have yet to gain from the case of the century.

Colleen Eren holds a PhD in Sociology and is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Criminal Justice Program of CUNY LaGuardia Community College. For over five years she was Director of Organizing at New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, which led a successful statewide campaign to keep capital punishment out of New York.

Presider: Anne Klaeysen

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
350NYC Film & Discussion: "An Inconvenient Sequel"
350NYC Film & Discussion: "An Inconvenient Sequel"
Sunday, January 28, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Vice President Al Gore travels around the world, continuing ot address climate change. The film gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the work of creative minds within the movement and highlights the potential humans have to overcome the dangerous threats of climate change. Join us and find out how you can engage in the Climate Movement.

Presented by the Environmental Stewardship Committee.

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Room 508
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP led by Elaine Berman Gurney.

Try your hand at personal NON-FICTION in a nine-week class led by Elaine Berman Gurney. You can belong to a supportive group of writers – some just starting and others more experienced – and learn basic and more advanced writing skills. ALL ARE WELCOME!

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 Tuesday afternoon term. Begins January 16.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The State of #CLOSErikers with JustLeadershipUSA
The State of #CLOSErikers with JustLeadershipUSA
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-state-of-closerikers-tickets-41117195639

They said it couldn’t be done. They said others had tried and failed. Since its launch in April 2016, the #CLOSErikers Campaign has continued to create the space for meaningful criminal justice reform. Together, we have changed the narrative around mass incarceration across the nation. 

Please join us for The State of #CLOSErikers on Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30pm (doors @ 5:30pm) to celebrate thepower of movement building and the accomplishments of over 170 partner organizations and their members committed to #CLOSErikers and build communities.

Please note there is no limit to partner organization attendees. Feel free to register as many staff, members, participants, or supporters as needed! [Doors will open at 5:30PM for registration and cocktail hour in the lobby.] 

The program will be co-facilitated by several JLUSA leaders from the #CLOSErikers campaign who will outline current campaign priorities and actions that partner organizations can take moving forward. The State of #CLOSErikers will also celebrate the movement and momentum we have built in less than two years, featuring performances by community organizations committed to cultural and political revolution-- such as DECODA, a New York City-based chamber ensemble dedicated to creating meaningful musical experiences through dynamic performances, education, and a quest for social impact.

For more information, please contact Brandon Holmes (brandon@justleadershipusa.org).

More info: http://www.closerikers.org/