Event Calendar

May 2019

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7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group: Passing by Nella Larsen
Great Literature Discussion Group: Passing by Nella Larsen
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: Passing by Nella Larsen

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
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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.

Readings:

How the Trump Era Is Molding the Next Generation of Voters” by Emily Badger and Claire Cain Miller, The NY Times, 4/1/19

"Generation Z Looks a Lot Like Millenials on Key Social and Political Issues" by Kim Parker, Nikki Graf, and Ruth Igielnik, Pew Research Center, 1/17/19

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: A Face in the Crowd
Ethics in Film: A Face in the Crowd
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Our monthly film screening series, followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Human Faith Project Workshop: Exploring Faith & Spirituality w/ Calvin Chatlos
Human Faith Project Workshop: Exploring Faith & Spirituality w/ Calvin Chatlos
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

“To be joyful and celebrate the worth and dignity of being alive!”

The “Human Faith Project’s” New York City debut of Applied Spirituality, a workshop of modern experience that opens and strengthens the “Spiritual Core” that is in all people, begins May 4. Dr. John Calvin Chatlos, Founder and Facilitator, will guide participants through personal experiences related to the worth and dignity of Being human as you open your mind, your heart and your hands to new experiences of compassion, wisdom and courage. AWAKENING an ancient part of our evolutionary heritage will be revealed (for the first time!) as the source for the UNITY of religious traditions, nations, and peoples NECESSARY FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD.

The challenging Workshop requires a bold commitment of time and intention in action over 3 weeks with all day workshops on Saturdays, May 4 and May 11 9am-5:30pm, and an evening integration on May 21 6-8:30pm. The cost is $50 per person which includes lunch on both Saturdays. We are looking to identify a new generation of leaders that can carry this to their organizations and into the broader world.

Dr. Chatlos is an Addiction Psychiatrist and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a long-time member of Ethical Culture, and a Board Member of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought in New Jersey. This Workshop is designed for persons from any religious, spiritual, or ethical thought tradition that is committed to the worth and dignity of every person. For further information and to register contact humanfaith@optonline.net

“The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment”—Swami Kripalu

 
 
7:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert: Beth Hart
Concert: Beth Hart
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Auditorium

For more information or to purchase tickets: https://www.metropolitanpresents.com/concert-hall-nysec/

 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club
Young Ethical Explorers: Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join us every 1st Sunday for our Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club! Let’s a look at the seedlings of Ethical Culture as planted by
founder Felix Adler.

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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 Platform - We Are the Ones Building Ethical Community Together: Activities Fair and Community Meeting
Sunday Platform - We Are the Ones Building Ethical Community Together: Activities Fair and Community Meeting
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join us for an interactive morning and learn more about the many programs we offer. We will celebrate our community and invite our members to become more involved.

Presider: Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

Shared Charity:

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 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, May 6, 2019 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Stoic School of Life: Finishing the Enchiridon
Stoic School of Life: Finishing the Enchiridon
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Time to finish our reading and discussion of Epictetus’ Enchiridion, the Stoic manual for a happy life. We will cover sections 44 through 53. I will be using the Robin Hard translation (Oxford World Classics): https://www. amazon.com/Discourses-Fragments-Handbook-OxfordClassics/dp/0199595186/.

More info: https://www.meetup.com/Stoic-School-of-Life/ and https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In: Neuroethics--Technology, Your Brain, and Mental Health w/ Cynthia Joyce
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In: Neuroethics--Technology, Your Brain, and Mental Health w/ Cynthia Joyce
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

What does one do when there’s no clearly defined ethical road to take? This program features speakers from a variety of backgrounds — medicine, law, business, science, education, the arts, social work, etc. — who share their experience and knowledge of ethical issues in those fields. Monthly, 1st Mondays.

From your DNA analysis to your digital footprint, modern science gives us much to learn about and play with. Do we even understand, much less dedicate enough time, to the ethical considerations associated with these marvelous developments? Reflection has never been more important than at this time, when technology has the potential for huge impact on brain function and mental health across one’s lifespan. The discipline of “neuroethics” works to provide us with an academic foundation for such reflection. In our lives, everyday needs and issues tend to be most compelling and to drive our behavior. Researchers and their funders want and need to learn more from us how to have meaningful discussion enabling them to better handle the ethical considerations. What shall we tell them?

Cynthia Joyce is the Executive Director of the MQ Foundation, a new charity supporting research for better understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. The MQ Foundation works with its London-based affiliate, MQ: Transforming Mental Health, and other charities around the world to help make research a part of the solution to our growing mental health problem. In previous posts, Cynthia has led non-profit and for-profit teams working on new and/or better treatments for motor neuron disease, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. With a life-long focus on brain and mental health issues, she is convinced we can do better.

 
 
10:30 AM
Lobby
Ethical Adventures: Walk Down Broadway
Ethical Adventures: Walk Down Broadway
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 10:30am
Lobby

We’re getting there in our series of walks tracing Broadway, the oldest north-south main thoroughfare in New York City. Our next “lap” will take us closer to our ultimate destination: State Street at Bowling Green, where it all started. We’ll meet at 10:30am at Ethical and take the train down to our starting point. (Rain date: May 10.)

RSVP not required but requested. Hope you can join us. Email Bob Bumcrot (rbumcrot65@gmail.com) or Howard Rose (howardrose125@gmail.com) to RSVP, or just show up on time.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 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
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:30pm

Moderator: Dr. Richard Koral, Leader

Through readings, self-reflection and the sharing of relevant experiences, we will explore the meaning of the volunteer work that we do as it relates to our personal life journeys. It will be expected that each participant will engage in an ongoing volunteer project that provides some kind of service to the disadvantaged.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Classical Music Club
Classical Music Club
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Monthly, 2nd Wednesdays!

Devotees of classical music are often intrigued by the nuances of different recordings of the same piece. Attendees are invited to bring more than one CD of the same musical composition -- under the baton of different conductors, virtuosos, or orchestras. We'll listen to them (or excerpts) and discuss our opinions about those differences.

This month, we'll focus on Beethoven's violin sonatas.

Jack Oisher, Moderator

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
The 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders: Then and Now
The 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders: Then and Now
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Wine and cheese reception at 6:30.

$5 public; FREE for members. Tickets: https://freedomriders-ethicalnyc.eventbrite.com

What does it mean to take part in civil protest, to be part of the birth of a hugely influential movement, when you’re just 16 or 18 years old — and be arrested for it? How does it influence the rest of your life? Youth were at the forefront of vital societal change then, as they are now.

Hear the panel of Freedom Riders — Joan Pleune, Luvaghn Brown, and Alan Kaufman — along with photographer Eric Etheridge, author of Breach Of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders, as they discuss and reflect upon their experiences. Moderated by Ethical Culture Leader Joe Chuman.

Copies of Breach of Peace will be available for purchase.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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.

Readings:

"Why Hannah Arrendt is the philospoher for now" by Lyndsey Stonebridge, New Statesman, 3/20/19

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

Registration required. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, January-May. Syllabus and readings available from Margaret Determann.

Roman philosopher Lucius Anneaus Seneca (1 BCE - CE 65) wrote, "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." Centuries later, in 1770, French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire (non de plume for François-Marie Arouet) quoted an Italian proverb: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." In this 10-session class, through readings, videos, and exercises, we will explore the nature and practice of goodness. Topics will include nonviolent communication, mindfulness, and forgiveness.

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: The Children by Lucy Kirkwood
Ethics and the Theater: The Children by Lucy Kirkwood
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
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.

Something is off in the English country house that Rose has dropped in to visit, and it’s not just that she’s standing in the kitchen trying to stanch a nosebleed. Everything is askew, from the disconcertingly capricious electricity to the wariness that underlies Rose’s banter with Hazel, supposedly an old friend. Little by little, playwright Lucy Kirkwood discloses what has thrown the world off-kilter and the hard bargain that must be struck to set it right.

 
 
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Leader's Office (502)
Human Faith Project Workshop: Exploring Faith & Spirituality w/ Calvin Chatlos
Human Faith Project Workshop: Exploring Faith & Spirituality w/ Calvin Chatlos
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Leader's Office (502)

 

“To be joyful and celebrate the worth and dignity of being alive!”

The “Human Faith Project’s” New York City debut of Applied Spirituality, a workshop of modern experience that opens and strengthens the “Spiritual Core” that is in all people, begins May 4. Dr. John Calvin Chatlos, Founder and Facilitator, will guide participants through personal experiences related to the worth and dignity of Being human as you open your mind, your heart and your hands to new experiences of compassion, wisdom and courage. AWAKENING an ancient part of our evolutionary heritage will be revealed (for the first time!) as the source for the UNITY of religious traditions, nations, and peoples NECESSARY FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD.

The challenging Workshop requires a bold commitment of time and intention in action over 3 weeks with all day workshops on Saturdays, May 4 and May 11 9am-5:30pm, and an evening integration on May 21 6-8:30pm. The cost is $50 per person which includes lunch on both Saturdays. We are looking to identify a new generation of leaders that can carry this to their organizations and into the broader world.

Dr. Chatlos is an Addiction Psychiatrist and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a long-time member of Ethical Culture, and a Board Member of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought in New Jersey. This Workshop is designed for persons from any religious, spiritual, or ethical thought tradition that is committed to the worth and dignity of every person. For further information and to register contact humanfaith@optonline.net

“The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment”—Swami Kripalu

 
 
1:00 PM
Social Hall
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:00pm
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

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: Awe
Colloquy: Awe
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 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).

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

Presider: Abe Markman

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Expressing Ethics Workshop
Young Ethical Explorers: Expressing Ethics Workshop
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join us every 2nd Sunday for our Expressing Ethics Workshop with Deepali Srivastava of Writefully Ours! Let’s honor the act of nurturing and express gratitude to our nurturers.

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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 Platform - Joe Chuman: Democracy, Truth, Facts, and Reason
Sunday Platform - Joe Chuman: Democracy, Truth, Facts, and Reason
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

We live in strange and unsettling times. We have gone down the rabbit hole and find ourselves in a “post-truth,” “post-fact” abode. No doubt, our President, who lies as he breathes, is a major purveyor of this condition. But arguably it has deeper roots.

What is truth, and who establishes what is true or not, has always been subject to ambiguity. This is especially true of democracy, in which there are the “truths” dispensed by experts and elites on the one hand, and the truths of ordinary individuals on the other, and the two don’t always fit together so well. The truths dispensed by experts may seem remote, abstract to one’s lived experience, and may generate feelings of resentment. This may always have been the case. What is different about our current moment is that these differing perspectives have become virulent, leading to a dismissal of the foundational importance of truth, reason, and facts altogether.

This address will probe into questions of how democracy leads to different versions of truth, the causes that have aggravated this division in our times, and where we need to look to heal our society.

This week’s shared charity is the Dr. Maria Fridman Women’s Shelter, which, since its founding in 1982, has been sponsored by the Partnership for the Homeless and Ethical Culture’s Social Service Board. The city provides cots, bedding, laundry services, and bus transportation to and from the Olivieri Center to the Society, and the Shelter provides safe, monitored quarters right here in our historic building.

Presider: Sarah Sprott

Shared Charity: Maria Fridman Women's Shelter

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics in The News
Ethics in The News
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 1:30pm
Room 508

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. 

 
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd Tuesday with Leader Anne Klaeysen and 4th Tuesday with Leadership Coordinator Maggie Determann.

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
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Cocktails with The League of Women Voters: Slaves In Your Neighborhood - Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking
Cocktails with The League of Women Voters: Slaves In Your Neighborhood - Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join us for Cocktails with The League of Women Voters, featuring a program focusing on issues of concern to the League and to Ethical members alike, including Q&A.

Speaker: TBA

To RSVP, visit TBA or contact LWV manager Emily: ecorvi@lwvnyc.org or 212-725-3541

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 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.

We'll be discussing Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools By Pedro Noguera and Jean Wing (eds), a series of essays describing the experience in Berkley High School, a highly integrated school.

“Unfinished Business brings to light the hidden inequities of schools–where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and after-school activities serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or failure.”

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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.

Readings:

"Forgotten, not gone" by Carol Tavris, The Times Literary Supplement, 3/19/19

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Glory: A Life Among Legends w/ Dr. Glory Van Scott
Glory: A Life Among Legends w/ Dr. Glory Van Scott
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Join us to hear Dr. Glory Van Scott talk about her new memoir, GLORY: A Life Among Legends with Ethical NYC's Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen!

Free! Reception at 6:30pm with refreshments. A portion of proceeds from donations and book sales go to The Encampment for Citizenship.

RSVP here: https://gloryvanscott-ethicalnyc.eventbrite.com

The 1950s was a tumultuous time for race relations in the U.S. There was the high of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, but also the devestating low that was the murder of Emmet Till. While we have come far in the nearly 60 years since, we find ourselves facing similar strife and hatred today.

Whether it’s Trump’s incitement of violence against people of color or the rash of racially motivated mass shootings, this decade in some ways resembles the 1950s. Dr. Glory Van Scott was just coming of age when her cousin Emmet was murdered in 1955, and she translated her anger and grief into her passion for dance, theater and education. Come listen and speak with Dr. Van Scott about her thoughts on the current state of race relations and how her background with Ethical Culture helped inspire her world view.

Dr. Scott’s long career has taken her from the screen, where she appeared alongside Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in The Wiz to Broadway in productions of House of Flowers and The Great White Hope.

Even before her cousin’s brutal murder, social justice was a big part of her life thanks to her mother. That was cemented further when she traveled from Chicago to New York at 17 to be a part of the Encampment for Citizenship, a summer camp founded by Ethical NYC. Emmet was murdered after her time at the Encampment and it not only galvanized the country, it spurred Dr. Van Scott to fuse her passion for art and education to affect change.

It was at the Encampment where Dr. Van Scott met her best friend David Rothenberg, the founder of the Fortune Society. Understanding that education is the best way to combat hate, she volunteered to teach incarcerated young boys at David’s urging. That experience led to a career of teaching, including forming Dr. Glory’s Children’s Theater at Ethical NYC in the 1980s, which still runs today.

Praise for GLORY: A Life Among Legends

“Glory Van Scott — dancer, actor, playwright, teacher and now autobiographer has given us a fierce and telling memoir of a woman whose talent, self-confidence and sheer bravado can inspire us all. There are never enough stories of strong women who have risen above the endemic sexism of show business to use all their gifts. Where does Glory’s self-confidence and energy come from?  In this book you will learn of the great women in her family who came before her, of her cousin Emmett Till whose death from racism is an unforgettable lesson for all Americans and of the propulsive hope that enables excellence. Glory has worked with all the greats: George Balanchine, Katherine Dunham, Agnes De Mille. She has that rare ability to learn from everyone and to say no when her artistic intuition tells her to. ‘Yes’ is important but sometimes ‘no’ is even more crucial. I admire her talent, guts and passion.” -Novelist Erica Jong

Copies will be available for sale and signing.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Jazz Cafe: Jane Irving
Jazz Cafe: Jane Irving
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

"Lavish talent and striking originality." – The Weekend Australian magazine

A truly gifted musician, Jane Irving possesses a gorgeous and engaging voice that stirs the emotions of everyone in the room. Born in Sydney, Australia, Jane Irving has spent most of her life surrounded by music. Trained in classical piano, she discovered jazz in her late teens while attending local jazz camps mentored by Australia’s finest musicians.

Jane spent the next 20 years singing and teaching voice, and being featured at festivals: Thredbo Jazz Festival; Manly Jazz Festival; South Coast Jazz Festival and Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

After moving to New York in 2011, she quickly made her mark, working solidly at various venues like 55 Bar, The Zinc Bar, Winnie’s Jazz Bar, Spoonfed NYC and The Metropolitan Room, with many of top players such as pianists Tadataka Unno and John Di Martino; guitarists Ron Affif and Ed Cherry; and drummer Steve Williams.

Jane Irving is a fine interpreter of songs, sincere, swinging and warm.

"Irving's voice is effortlessly projected. Sometimes a phrase is pursued with increasing pressure until the notes glisten and when suddenly released in a whipping ribbon can give you the shivers." - S.I.M.A Australia.

Following our featured artist is the Open Mic hour.

The Jazz Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks.  Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad. 

The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Joe Ham, an accomplished drummer, percussionist, arranger and producer. Joe has worked with soul singer Deniece Williams (on her Grammy Award winning album, “This Is My Song”), Dizzy Gillespie, Bobbi Humphrey, Gloria Gaynor, Mary Wilson & The Supremes and Tom Browne. Joe has also performed for various TV shows and commercials. Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter.  “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics). 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 9:30am
Room 508

Cheryl Gross Presides.

Bring favorite poems, come read, come listen.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Animating Ethics Workshop
Young Ethical Explorers: Animating Ethics Workshop
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week is our 3rd Sunday animating ethics workshop, led by Amy Reid.

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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 Platform - Mark Dunlea: The Green New Deal
Sunday Platform - Mark Dunlea: The Green New Deal
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

The Green New Deal combines the need for an emergency climate mobilization to end fossil fuels and rapidly transition to 100% clean renewable energy with the enactment of an economic bill of rights: guaranteed living wage jobs, universal health care, housing, and education. I will review the origins of the GND and the status of the various proposals at the state and federal level. Will also provide an update on the state of climate action.

Mark Dunlea is chair of the Green Education and Legal Fund. He was a member of the 350NYC Steering Committee while living in NYC and helped coordinate work on divestment from the City and State public pension funds. He co-coordinates the statewide campaign for 100% clean energy by 2030 and off fossil fuels now. He is one of the original authors of the Green New Deal. He is active with PAUSE (People of Albany United for Safe Energy), the 350 affiliate in the Capital District. He is a graduate of RPI and Albany Law School, and was the long-time Executive Director of Hunger Action Network of NYS. He was a Co-founder NYPIRG.

Presider: Monica Weiss

Shared Charity: Green Education Legal Fund

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Insults and Toxic Speech
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Insults and Toxic Speech
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u). It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

What is offensive speech? What makes speech toxic? Where should we draw the line between criticism and insults? And between free speech and censorship? Come discuss what is offensive at our next philosophy café.

Suggested reading at https://aeon.co/essays/what-duelling-canteach-us-about-taking-offence.

For more information, visit the Cafe's Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/SkyeandMassimophilosophycafe

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Speaking of Science: The Physical, Psychological, Social, and Environmental Benefits of Urban Cycling
Speaking of Science: The Physical, Psychological, Social, and Environmental Benefits of Urban Cycling
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Speaker: David Vassar, cyclist, cycling activist, and Ethical NYC member

David will describe his own experience as a cyclist and cycling activist in NYC over the years, beginning with the exhilarating realization that in this unique American place he could live car-free (if far from care-free) and get to so many locales in our region by bicycle. Then on to different types of bicycling infrastructure: Protected lanes, standard lanes, mixed use lanes; with descriptions and assessments of each. He'll talk about his experiences with participating in town halls, community board meetings, leafleting and petitioning events, Citibike demo rides, 5-borough group tours, community breakfasts with council members, and other activism-related events in promotion of safer, human-friendlier streets.

Next, some of the personal benefits of cycling in the city: physical and psychological well-being; getting around the NYC region so very inexpensively; discovering new, often distant places, different communities, unsuspected urban and regional features, photographic opportunities. From there to community and global benefits: Safer, quieter streets, less pollution, more opportunities for spontaneous social interaction. And: Cycling as eco-friendly transportation par excellence.

Then to the subject of dangers and pitfalls: Motorists, motorists, and more motorists. Unfavorable street design. The Robert Moses “car is king” legacy. Wrong-way cyclists. E-bikes. The speed-loving “Velcro Club.” Also: Traffic regulations/laws as they apply to motor vehicles, bicycles, scooters. He'll also talk about increasing NYPD Bike Patrols and why they’re so great for the officers themselves, for neighborhood and parks policing, and for PD-community relations. We’ll conclude with a comments/Q&A period.

 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members for drinks and snacks, and 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. 1113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study (514)
Human Faith Project Workshop: Exploring Faith & Spirituality w/ Calvin Chatlos
Human Faith Project Workshop: Exploring Faith & Spirituality w/ Calvin Chatlos
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study (514)

 

“To be joyful and celebrate the worth and dignity of being alive!”

The “Human Faith Project’s” New York City debut of Applied Spirituality, a workshop of modern experience that opens and strengthens the “Spiritual Core” that is in all people, begins May 4. Dr. John Calvin Chatlos, Founder and Facilitator, will guide participants through personal experiences related to the worth and dignity of Being human as you open your mind, your heart and your hands to new experiences of compassion, wisdom and courage. AWAKENING an ancient part of our evolutionary heritage will be revealed (for the first time!) as the source for the UNITY of religious traditions, nations, and peoples NECESSARY FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD.

The challenging Workshop requires a bold commitment of time and intention in action over 3 weeks with all day workshops on Saturdays, May 4 and May 11 9am-5:30pm, and an evening integration on May 21 6-8:30pm. The cost is $50 per person which includes lunch on both Saturdays. We are looking to identify a new generation of leaders that can carry this to their organizations and into the broader world.

Dr. Chatlos is an Addiction Psychiatrist and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a long-time member of Ethical Culture, and a Board Member of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought in New Jersey. This Workshop is designed for persons from any religious, spiritual, or ethical thought tradition that is committed to the worth and dignity of every person. For further information and to register contact humanfaith@optonline.net

“The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment”—Swami Kripalu

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 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
 
 
 
 
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, May 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office, Room 502

with Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman.

This is a monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issues 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
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Room 508

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, May 22, 2019 - 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, May 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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.

Readings:

"Why People Love to Hate Steven Pinker" by Tom Barlett, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/7/19

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

Registration required. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, January-May. Syllabus and readings available from Margaret Determann.

Roman philosopher Lucius Anneaus Seneca (1 BCE - CE 65) wrote, "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." Centuries later, in 1770, French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire (non de plume for François-Marie Arouet) quoted an Italian proverb: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." In this 10-session class, through readings, videos, and exercises, we will explore the nature and practice of goodness. Topics will include nonviolent communication, mindfulness, and forgiveness.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Happy Hour for Humanity
Happy Hour for Humanity
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Every 4th Friday!

Many of us are young professionals working full-time jobs, some are starting and caring for families, and we're all living in what seems to be a state of survival trying to make it here in the tri-state area--but we're not alone! Although we lead busy lives, we know it's important to engage with others in our community to support, motivate, and challenge each other to be our best ethical selves.

Once a month, let's unite and make some time to meet over refreshments to discuss current ethical issues around the globe as well as ones we're facing locally. By sharing current events, short articles, videos, and personal narratives, let's break out of our daily routines to make a toast to humanity together.

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 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 your singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform - Girl Power! Youth Climate Activism in NYC w/ Xyie Bastida, Colleen Schmidt, & Alexandria Villaseñor
Sunday Platform - Girl Power! Youth Climate Activism in NYC w/ Xyie Bastida, Colleen Schmidt, & Alexandria Villaseñor
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Monica Weiss, ETHICAL NYC Co-Chair of the Environmental Stewardship Committee, interviews three young, inspiring climate activists:

XIYE BASTIDA spoke about the challenges that youth face because of the climate crisis at the 2018 UN World Urban Forum 9. She received the Spirit of the United Nations Award for her environmental work. A junior at Beacon H.S., Xiye is the leader of the school’s Environmental Club and has worked with Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD) and numerous other climate organizations to communicate the implications of the existing climate crisis, among other issues.

COLLEEN SCHMIDT, an undergraduate studying Environmental Biology, is originally from Bozeman, Montana, where she grew up exploring rivers and mountains, developing a deep love for landscapes and wildlife. Her appreciation for the natural world has only increased through her studies of its complexity, resilience, and interconnectedness. The mission of the Sunrise Movement is the building of “an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process” through political action.

ALEXANDRIA VILLASEÑOR, a 7th grader, who — frustrated by the lack of progress of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland, and inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Alexandria — became a national and international organizer for the first-ever global youth climate strike on March 15, 2019, mobilizing nearly 2,000 youths from 123 countries to demand climate action from their world leaders. Alexandria was awarded the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival’s “Disruptor” Award and The Common Good Foundation’s Changemaker Scholarship and is on Politico’s list of the top 100 people influential in climate change policy. Alexandria continues in her role as a prominent climate strike organizer, and is working to bring accurate climate science and climate change education into K-12 schools. This week’s shared charity is Zero Hour, whose mission is to center the voices of diverse youth in the conversation around climate and environmental justice. Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support their vision) wanting to take concrete action around climate change.

This week’s shared charity is Zero Hour, whose mission is to center the voices of diverse youth in the conversation around climate and environmental justice. Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support their vision) wanting to take concrete action around climate change.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers - Ethical Action Deed: Standing Up for Creatures
Young Ethical Explorers - Ethical Action Deed: Standing Up for Creatures
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week we take on an ethical action deed, led by youth coordinator Audrey Kindred. Our focus: Standing up for creatures!

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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
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 1:30pm
Room 508

with Monica Weiss and Vince Brancato, Co-Chairs of the Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Learn about the fine work of our climate partners--350NYC, Food and Water Watch, and NYC Grassroots Alliance--are doing, and find out how you can be part of a global climate solution. Hear reports about projects and campaigns they are promoting, and get updates on ways to influence your neighbors, families, and communities to pursue more sustainable-living choices.

 
 
Monday, May 27, 2019 (All day) Memorial Day - Building Closed
Memorial Day - Building Closed
Monday, May 27, 2019 (All day)
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd Tuesday with Leader Anne Klaeysen and 4th Tuesday with Leadership Coordinator Maggie Determann.

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.

 
 
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Adler Study (514)
Film & Discussion: Color Adjustment by Marlon Riggs
Film & Discussion: Color Adjustment by Marlon Riggs
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Adler Study (514)

Presented by the Ethical Action Committee.

Color Adjustment is the second documentary we are showing by Marlon Riggs (last month we saw Ethnic Notions) as part of an attempt to enable us to gain insight into how much subliminal racism in the media continues to influence our perceptions of race. Color Adjustments analyzes the evolutions of American television’s portraits of blacks from 1948 through 1988.

MARLON RIGGS was a black gay writer, filmmaker, and social activist who died in 1994 from Aids. The New Yorker magazine (2/11/2019), in writing about the retrospective of his work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in February, said his films “are essays in the truest sense of the word – attempts at describing the world both metaphorically and actually.”

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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.

Readings:

"Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom: Raising Really Good Hell for People Who Cannot" interview with Roxanne Gay for Guernica Magazine, 3/20/19

"Tressie McMillan Cottom Seeks to Write 'Powerful Stories that Become a Problem for Power'" by Rebecca Stoner, Pacific Standard, 1/18/19

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Sacred Shelter: 13 Journeys of Homelessness and Healing w/ Susan Celia Greenfield
Sacred Shelter: 13 Journeys of Homelessness and Healing w/ Susan Celia Greenfield
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

In a metropolis like New York, homelessness can blend into the urban landscape. In Sacred Shelter, New York is the place where a community of resilient, remarkable individuals are yearning for a voice. Through frank, honest interviews, this book follows the lives of thirteen people who experienced homelessness and graduated from an interfaith life skills empowerment program. They share traumas from their youth, the devastation of homelessness, and the healing they discovered through community and faith. Interspersed among their stories are reflections from directors, clerics, and volunteers involved in the life skills program. In powerful narrative form, Sacred Shelter represents a demographic group that continues to endure systemic injustice and marginalization. By listening to individual stories, we are urged to confront our own woundedness and uncover our desire for human connection, a sacred shelter on the other side of suffering.

Books available for sale and signing.

For a Readers’ Guide to Sacred Shelter Visit https://fordham.bepress.com/soc/3/

Susan Celia Greenfield, Professor of English at Fordham University, is author of Mothering Daughters: Novels and the Politics of Family Romance, and of many essays and short stories.