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Sunday Platform – Dr. Sandra Steingraber: “The Biologist in Cell Block 3: Science and Civil Disobedience in a Time of Climate Emergency”

February 16, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The active refusal of a citizen to obey certain laws or commands of a government—civil disobedience—is both a deeply personal act of individual conscience and a powerful political tactic. This lecture examines the history of civil disobedience as a response to social injustice and its current practice as a tool of fossil fuel resistance within the climate justice movement.

Speaking both as a PhD ecologist and a civil disobedient, Sandra Steingraber will argue that civil disobedience can open a cultural and political space for science to speak. Readings from personal essays composed while speaker was incarcerated are interwoven throughout the talk.

Biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. writes about climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment. Recognized for her ability to serve as a two-way translator between scientists and activists, Dr. Steingraber has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada and has been invited to lecture at many medical schools, hospitals, and universities–including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and the Woods Hole Research Center. She has testified in the European Parliament, at the European Commission, before the President’s Cancer Panel, and has participated in briefings to Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, and before United Nations delegates in Geneva, Switzerland

Shared Charity: Sane Energy Project

Presider: Monica Weiss

FREE and open to the public.

Sunday Platform is our most important and long-standing community event. These gatherings educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and strengthen our community. Sunday meetings usually begin with music, followed by greetings and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest.  Platforms cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, pressing social issues, and Ethical Culture philosophy. A collection basket is passed and money is shared between the Society and a charity selected for that day.  While contributions are always appreciated, Sunday meetings are free and open to the public.  Each Sunday meeting is followed by a luncheon and social hour.

To view previous Sunday Platform addresses and interviews, visit the Ethical NYC YouTube channel.


February 16, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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