Event Calendar

February 2018

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12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 1, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "When Free Speech on Campus Crosses a Line" by Julian E. Zelizer and Morton Keller, The Atlantic, 9/15/17

Mission statement of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)

"Congress Rallies Around Campus Free Speech" by Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed, 10/27/17

 

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 - The Aging Brain: What We Know Can Help You
Empowering Ethical Elders - The Aging Brain: What We Know Can Help You
Thursday, February 1, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic - The Aging Brain: What We Know Can Help You
with Jed Levine, Executive V.P. and Director of Programs CaringKindNYC — The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving

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, February 1, 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 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: A Serious Man
Ethics in Film: A Serious Man
Friday, February 2, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Our monthly film screening series, followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored. Admission includes popcorn and refreshments (beer, coffee, tea).
 
This month's film: A Serious Man

This is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and "F-Troop" is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been informed by his wife Judith that she is leaving him. Struggling for equilibrium, Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis. Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person -- a mensch -- a serious man?

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 4, 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 - Entrepreneurship As a Tool for Economic Development
Sunday Meeting - Entrepreneurship As a Tool for Economic Development
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

With Abhishek Panigrahi, Rachel Kowal, and Hans Taparia

Over the past fifty years, development institutions and nonprofits have been primarily focused on helping communities develop the necessary infrastructure for health care, education, sanitation, skills training and the like. However, very little attention has been given to another key component of a healthy society—the incubation and development of homegrown businesses.

Homegrown businesses create employment opportunities and ultimately create value for communities that help them prosper and sustain their own public services. Professor Kowal, Professor Taparia and their student Abhishek have been experimenting with this in communities both overseas and in the US. Please join them for what promises to be an illuminating presentation!

“At NYU’s Stern School of Business, we asked ourselves these questions - how do we design social impact courses that will sensitize and humble students, raise awareness of the complexities of the world’s social problems and apply business? Furthermore, could a course be designed to have a measurable social impact over a sustained period of time?” -Rachel Kowal

RACHEL KOWAL is a Clinical Professor of Business Law at NYU Stern School of Business. Since 1998, Rachel has taught courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs including Law, Business and Society; and Professional Responsibility and Leadership. Rachel is also Deputy Director of the Business and Society Program at Stern. Other positions held by Rachel include Associate Director of the Markets, Ethics and Law Program; Director of the Citi Program in Leadership and Ethics; and, Associate Director of the Daniel P. Paduano Faculty Research Symposium in Business Ethics. Rachel also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Stern’s undergraduate College. She is the recipient of the Ely Kushel Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Citibank Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service to the Stern School of Business. Rachel is an attorney who earned her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. As an attorney, she practiced tax and bankruptcy law with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She has a B.A. in history from Cornell University.

HANS TAPARIA is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Business and Society at NYU Stern School of Business. Hans joined Stern as an Adjunct Professor in 2011 and in his current position, teaches courses in social entrepreneurship, social impact, and professional responsibility and leadership. Hans has been an entrepreneur for most of his career. He is a co-founder of Preferred Brands International, one of America’s leading health food companies that manufactures a range of natural and organic Indian and Asian meals under the brand Tasty Bite. Tasty Bite is currently the largest and fastest growing brand in its category in North America. In 2015, Preferred Brands was sold to Kagome, one of Japan’s largest food companies. Hans is also a co-founder of ASG-Omni, a US and India based management consulting firm and incubator. ASG-Omni was a co-founder of Bangalore-based Tejas Networks, which has grown to become one of the leading optical networking companies in the world. Hans has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

ABHISHEK PANIGRAHI is an third year undergraduate student at the NYU Stern School of Business concentrating in finance with a minor in philosophy. His interests are primarily in the intersections of technology, philosophy, and economic development including posthuman technology, ethics of artificial general intelligence, and technology-driven postcapitalism models. He is President of the Secular Student Alliance at NYU, which aims to build a community for secular students on campus, to host rigorous discussions on ethical and moral issues, and encourage diversity and freedom of thought on campus. Abhishek is currently an intern at KPMG Innovation Lab, which helps clients understand complex movements of consumers and technologies and devise effective strategies to invest for growth and relevance. For the past year, he has also been the Executive Director of OSA Impact, an initiative of the Odia Society of America which looks to direct expertise and capital into Odisha, India to accelerate sustainable development.

Shared charity: Adanu

Presider: Anne Klaeysen

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 4, 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
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 1:30pm
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
 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: On The Virtues of Loneliness
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: On The Virtues of Loneliness
Monday, February 5, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once quipped that, “If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.” On the one hand, loneliness can be a blessing. Consider Henry David Thoreau (photo) – who went to the woods to live alone for 2 years, 2 months and 2 days – to live deeply and deliberately. Nevertheless, he still went home once a week for dinner or freshly baked cookies. There’s much to suggest that we are social beings and loneliness wreaks havoc on our health, but also having our lives too deeply entrenched with others can also bring its own set of issues. In this café, we’ll discuss the pains and pleasures of loneliness. Suggested reading: Only the lonely, by Cody Delistraty. http://tinyurl.com/jekax6e

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.

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

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, February 5, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

Join us for a panel with Alexis Baden-Mayer, Political Director of Organic Consumers Association who will discuss regenerative agriculture and why its important. Joining her will be Erika Freund, Mobile Pantry Manager of West Side Campaign Against Hunger, and Sharon Kimmelman, who is a very experienced community gardener and teacher of gardening to children on the UWS. Susan Spieler who also speak about why CSAs are important.

What does this have to do with climate change? Attend and find out!!

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

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 6, 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.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by N. Kristoff
The New York Times, 1/28/2018

From Mad Men to Marching Women
by M. Gates
Time Magazine, 1/15/18

China Says Two Monkeys Are First Primates to Be Cloned
by Gina Kolata
The New York Times, 1/25/18

Open Societies Under Siege
by R. Cohen
The New York Times, 1/27/18

2017 an Especially Hot Year, Surpising Experts
by H. Fountain, J. Patel & N. Popovich
The New York Times, 1/25/18

On Climate, a New Voice in Trenton
by The Editorial Board
The New York Times,1/30/18

 
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
CANCELLED - What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
CANCELLED - What Makes Us Do the Right Thing: Living Humanism
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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

NOTICE: Tonight's Living Humanism is cancelled.

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: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Great Literature Discussion Group: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

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, February 8, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "Is Health Care a Right" by Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, 10/2/17 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/02/is-health-care-a-right
 

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
Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Thursday, February 8, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) works to expose and correct abusive police tactics that routinely and disproportionately do harm to our city’s low-income communities and people of color.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, February 8, 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.

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: Look Back in Anger
Ethics and the Theater: Look Back in Anger
Friday, February 9, 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: Look Back in Anger by John Osborne

It is the 1950s, in the British Midlands. Jimmy Porter, working class, intelligent, but unable to climb to the rung above, vents his frustration in bitter, biting, and blackly humorous rants against bourgeois hypocrisy and, particularly, his wife, Allison, and her upper-middle-class family. When Allison’s actress friend Helena comes to visit, frayed nerves snap and simmering emotions boil over with surprising consequences.

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.

 

 
 
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Social Hall
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, February 10, 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

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: Patriotism and Nationalism
Colloquy: Patriotism and Nationalism
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508

Topic: Patriotism and nationalism.

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!

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 11, 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 11, 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 - "A Life of Activism and Dedication" An Interview w/ Abe Markman
Sunday Meeting - "A Life of Activism and Dedication" An Interview w/ Abe Markman
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Abe Markman, progressive activist, thinker and beloved member of our Ethical Society has just published a book on his life and thought. Leader Dr. Joe Chuman will interview Abe on the book's highlights, which will touch on issues close to his heart - and ours.

We hope you can join us for a morning which promises to engage our interest, enliven the mind and warm the spirit.

Shared charity: Hispanic Federation

Presider: Kathleen O'Connell

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, February 11, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
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. 

 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Pamela McGhee Memorial
Pamela McGhee Memorial
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

A memorial service to honor our friend and Ethical NYC member Pamela McGhee.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Stoic School of Life: Epictetus’ Manual for a Happy Stoic Life
Stoic School of Life: Epictetus’ Manual for a Happy Stoic Life
Monday, February 12, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Topic: Epictetus’ Manual for a Happy Stoic Life

We will resume our discussion of one of the foundational sources of Stoicism, the Manual (Enchiridion) by Epictetus (image). Last time, we left off at section 33, so that’s where we will pick things up again. A free version of the Manual can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/2yms6g

The School is inspired by the ancient Greco-Roman schools of philosophy. We will examine the theory and practice of Stoicism as a modern applied philosophy that aids us in navigating a world in some ways just as confusing and uncertain as that of ancient Athens and Rome.

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 13, 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, February 13, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, February 13, 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 15, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "The Flavor Revolutionary" by Nadia Berenstein, Aeon, 12/19/17 (https://aeon.co/essays/the-man-who-shook-the-united-states-by-its-tastebuds)
 

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 - Confronting Ageism
Empowering Ethical Elders - Confronting Ageism
Thursday, February 15, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic - Confronting Ageism

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.

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor
Women In Politics: Elected Office, Voting Booth, and On the Streets w/ Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
Women In Politics: Elected Office, Voting Booth, and On the Streets w/ Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
Thursday, February 15, 2018 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the New York State Women's Suffrage Commission, and Ethical NYC.

RSVP to the LWV office manager, Emily Corvi, at ecorvi@lwvnyc.org or by phone at 212-725-3541 no later than 5PM on Monday, February 12th.

New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was elected in 2014. Prior to her role as a statewide official, she was elected at both the Federal and local level - she was a Member of Congress in New York's 26th Congressional District, served as Erie County Clerk, and began her career in public office on her local town board.

The Lieutenant Governor chairs the Governor's Regional Economic Development Councils, which have reinvented economic development by empowering local leaders in business and academia, not bureaucrats in Albany. This strategy has brought more jobs than ever before to New York State. As the highest ranking female elected official in New York State, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul is committed to inspiring a new generation of women to enter public service or aspire to leadership within their chosen field through the #NYWomenLead initiative. The Lieutenant Governor spearheads the Administration's key efforts to advance gender equality, including the Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses and efforts to eliminate the wage gap. In 2016, she was elected chair of New York State's Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, February 15, 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 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Music Café: Tessa Souter & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Music Café: Tessa Souter & the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio
Friday, February 16, 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.

 

“Compelling and utterly original.”   Peter Quinn, Jazzwize

“Tessa Souter is a beguiling artist who infuses everything she interprets with voluptuous intelligence and keen emotional insight.”  -- KQED (San Francisco

“World class. A must see.” – Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

“Daring, beautiful jazz.”  Bill Leikman, All About Jazz.

“Direct and soulful.”  Village Voice

 “Striking, soulful, enchanting.” Washington Post

Beyond the Blue, Best Album of the Year, Sunday Times Magazine.

Since her 2004 recording debut, Tessa Souter has established herself as a fearless innovator in vocal jazz—“broadly imaginative” (New York Times), “expressive . . . full of passion” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “direct and soulful” (Village Voice). NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan places her “at the top of my list of great talent.”

With her sumptuous sound and an unerring ear for fresh and unexpected material, Anglo-Trinidadian Tessa Souter knows her way around the American Songbook’s back pages. "Her agility is remarkable. In the upper register, she soars and extends while maintaining an almost conversational style on the lower end." (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle). On her 2013 masterpiece, Beyond the Blue – a Sunday Times magazine Best Album of the Year – she raised the bar by assembling a dozen classical melodies by composers from the European classical canon, including Brahms, Beethoven, Borodin, and Schubert.   

Rochester, New York, home of the Eastman School of Music, a town where jazz and classical musicians have thrived since the 1920s, touted Tessa Souter for six times at its Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Her 2017 show was singled out in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as “the one show not to miss” over the entire nine-day festival. Ms. Souter was the subject of a PBS special while performing there in 2015 (WXXI TV). 

Over the past decade New Yorker jazz lovers have joined Tessa Souter the at Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, Dizzy’s Club, Cornelia Street Café, Friars’ Club, and the Mezzrow Jazz Club. Whether performing in philharmonic halls or in the intimacy of a small jazz club, “Tessa Souter is a beguiling artist who infuses everything she interprets with voluptuous intelligence and keen emotional insight.” (KQED Arts). 

Her website is  www.tessasouter.com

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

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle: African American Poets
Poetry Reading Circle: African American Poets
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508
February is Black History Month! Some of us will read from the vast oeuvre of African American poets. Bring what you like and join us.
 
Cheryl Gross Presides

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 18, 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 - David Rothenberg: Fortune in My Eyes
Sunday Meeting - David Rothenberg: Fortune in My Eyes
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join us to hear how an alumni of Ethical Culture's Encampment for Citizenship used his social lessons to affect social change. David will speak about how the theater can be an agent for social change, specifically how the play Fortune and Men's Eyes led to the creation of The Fortune Society. The Fortune Society is, 50 years later, the leading re-entry organization for formerly incarcerated persons in the United States.

David Rothenberg is a producer, director, author, activist, and the founder of The Fortune Society. He was inspired to start Fortune after producing a play called Fortune and Men's Eyes which revealed the horrors of life in prison. Over the past 50 Years, Fortune has become one of the nation's leading reentry service organizations, serving nearly 7,000 individuals annually, with a wide range of holistic services to meet their needs. It has secured a position as a leading advocate in the fight for criminal justice reform and alternatives to incarceration.

Copies of Fortune in My Eyes available for purchase.

Shared charity: Fortune Society

Presider: Barbara Carlsen

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 18, 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
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
SOLD OUT - Film & Discussion - Rikers: An American Jail
SOLD OUT - Film & Discussion - Rikers: An American Jail
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

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

Presented by the Ethical NYC Ethical Action Committee.

The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Rikers Island is a good place to start. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Island on any given day, almost 80% have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival.

Rikers: An American Jaila riveting new documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.

Two formerly incarcerated individuals, featured in the film — now advocates for criminal justice reform — will participate in a discussion following the screening:

JOHNNY PEREZ is the Director of the US Prisons Program of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Johnny also works to change unjust policies and practices in the criminal justice system as a member of the NY Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights Commission. He is a member of JustLeadershipUSA’s Leading with Conviction Program, the NYC Bar Association’s Correction and Reentry Committee, and the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere, and he is completing his book, Uncuffed: Reflections on Criminal Justice after 13 Years of Incarceration.

REVEREND HECTOR B. CUSTODIO, a.k.a. Pastor Benny, is Senior Pastor at Immanuel-First Spanish United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, and is the Founder and CEO of Never Forsaken Re-entry Ministries. Pastor Benny will graduate this May with a PhD in Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School. He is a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, currently working with the mental health, substance abuse, and re-entry population.

Also participating:

DAVID ROTHENBERG, founder of the Fortune Society.

TYLER NIMS is executive director of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, chaired by Judge Jonathan Lippman. Mr. Nims is an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP. He previously served as law clerk to US District Judge Raymond J. Dearie and Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo of the South African Constitutional Court and practiced civil rights litigation in Chicago.

 The discussion will be moderated by Graham Rayman, an award-winning crime reporter for the New York Daily News:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/rikers/

 
 
4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Bonus Screening - Rikers: An American Jail
Bonus Screening - Rikers: An American Jail
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 4:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

 

Due to the overwhelming response to the now sold out 1:30pm screening and panel discussion of RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL, we've added a second screening at 4:30pm (with no panel). Free but RSVP required: https://ethicalnyc-rikers2.eventbrite.com/

Presented by the Ethical NYC Ethical Action Committee.

The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Rikers Island is a good place to start. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Island on any given day, almost 80% have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival.

Rikers: An American Jaila riveting new documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/rikers/

 
 
Monday, February 19, 2018 (All day) Presidents' Day - Building Closed
Presidents' Day - Building Closed
Monday, February 19, 2018 (All day)
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 20, 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.

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
American Indian Community House Monthly Social
American Indian Community House Monthly Social
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

Join us for the American Indian Community House's monthly social and Gathering of Native Americans (GONA), featuring drumming, dancing, and local Native vendors.

https://aich.org/

 
 
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, February 20, 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.

 
 
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, February 21, 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
Room 508
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Room 508
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 22, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Readings: "They Took On the Food Giants - and Won" by Jane E. Brody, The NY Times, 1/1/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/well/eat/eating-food-health-center-for-science-in-the-public-interest-cspi.html

"Meet the chef who's debunking detox, diets and wellness" by Tim Lewis, The Guardian, 6/18/17 (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jun/18/angry-chef-debunking-detox-diets-wellness-nutrition-alternative-facts

 

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, February 22, 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 - New York Must Lead: Off Fossil Fuels!
Food & Water Watch - New York Must Lead: Off Fossil Fuels!
Thursday, February 22, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall

New York can be a model for the nation in moving off dirty fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy.

Join us for discussion of a new campaign to transition New York to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

We’ll review state legislation and explore ideas and opportunities for getting involved, including recruiting co-sponsors of the bill and educating the public.

For more information, contact Eric Weltman at Food & Water Watch: 347-778-2743; eweltman@fwwatch.org

 
 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 25, 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 - Frederick Clarkson: Religious Freedom is A Progressive Value
Sunday Meeting - Frederick Clarkson: Religious Freedom is A Progressive Value
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Religious freedom is a fundamental value of a democratic society. But after more than 200 years of struggling to extend this value widely in the United States, it is threatened in our time. We have become complacent, but it is not too late.

Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, drafted in 1777 was shepherded through the Virginia legislature in 1786. The Statute’s idea that one’s religious identity should be neither an advantage or a disadvantage under the law, underlies the approach to religion and government taken by the Framers of the Constitution and the First Amendment. But the challenges we face are real and we need to consider a 21st century approach that protects the rights of conscience of everyone in our time..

Frederick Clarkson is Senior Research Analyst at Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank in Somerville, Massachusetts. He has been writing about religion and politics for more than three decades. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications from Mother Jones, Church & State, and Ms. Magazine, to The Christian Science Monitor, Salon.com and Religion Dispatches. He has worked as an investigative editor at Planned Parenthood Federation of America; as Communications Director at the Institute for Democracy Studies; and co-founded the group blog, Talk to Action. He is the author, co-author or editor of several books including Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America, and Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy.

He has been called on by the media for expert analysis for his entire career. He has been quoted in major newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. His radio and television appearances include National Public Radio, Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and the CBS Evening News.

Follow Frederick on Twitter @FredClarkson

Shared charity: Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield, MA

Presider: Monica Weiss

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 25, 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.

 
 
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Community Meeting & Luncheon: The State of The Society
Community Meeting & Luncheon: The State of The Society
Sunday, February 25, 2018 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor

Everything you want to know about the state of the Society--exciting upcoming events and activities!

What is it that you've been eager to ask about regarding Ethical--our programs, committees, procedures, and so on? Today's for you. For all our members, in fact. In keeping with our bylaws, we hold two meetings a year, one in the fal and one in the winter. Our leader, Anne Klaeysen, and President, Liz Singer, will report to us on "The State of the Society," and select committee chairs will talk about their activities.

Listen and learn--and ask what you will, all over a lovely lunch.

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, February 25, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
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.

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 27, 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, February 27, 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, February 27, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by T. Friedman
The New York Times, 2/14/2018

The Trump Stain Spreads
by N. Kristoff
The New York Times, 2/15/18

Inside Russia's Troll Factory
by N. MacFarquhar
The New York Times, 2/19/18

Paving Over Differences, Europe's Centrists Risk Rougher Ride
by A. Taub
The New York Times, 2/12/18

No Country for Young Men With AR-15s
by R. Douthat
The New York Times, 2/18/18

Church of England Names New Taboo for Lent: Plastics
by R. Perez-Pena
The New York Times,2/16/18

 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall