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Joe Chuman: How Did We Get Here and What Is to Be Done?
March 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
In-person and online!
With the last election, we pulled back from the brink of losing our democracy. But deed-rooted problems continue to plague American society – social divisions, tribalism, irrationality, the spurning of expertise, and escalating violence.
How did society reach this point and how, as Ethical Culturists, do we need to direct ourselves?
My talk will be a look at changes in the social landscape that began in the 1960s, that helped bring us to this point. I will also look at the need to retain our values and, steps that need to be taken to restore normalcy and security to American society.
About Leader Dr. Joe Chuman
Dr. Joe Chuman started on his road to Ethical Leadership as a leader-in-Training here at the New York Society in 1969 and continued his training at the Bergen Society, after which he became Leader of the Essex County Society before returning to the Bergen Society, where he served as leader for 46 years, retiring in January 2021. Joe has been a leader at the New York Society Since 2008. During his long career, Joe has worked as an academic, a social justice activist, a speaker, and a writer. He has been teaching human rights in the Graduate School at Columbia University for more than 20 years, teaches human rights at Hunter College, and has taught at the U. N. University for Peace in Costa Rica and at other colleges.
As an activist, Joe has advocated for civil liberties, human rights, and other progressive causes and has frequently testified before the New Jersey legislature on such issues as religious freedom, gun violence prevention, death penalty opposition, and immigrant rights. He founded the Northern New Jersey Coalition for Asylum Seekers 20 years ago and still serves as its president. Joe has written numerous book chapters, encyclopedia entrees, scores of Op-eds, and is the author of “Speaking of Ethics,” a compilation of essays on Ethical Culture. Currently, he writes articles on political and socio-political issues on Substack and other social media outlets.
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