Event Calendar

February 2017

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7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, Co-organizers and event hosts
 
THE DOCTOR, Ann Hood (page 459); 
MY DATE WITH NEANDERTHAL WOMAN, David Galef (page 465); 
THE PUGILIST AT REST, Thom Jones (page 342); 
GREASY LAKE, T. Coraghessan Boyle; 
THE BABY, Mary Gordon
 
Read the selections in advance (they’re usually under 70 pages), and be prepared to discuss the questions that interest you by referring and reading to us the specific related text. Because this is the format for the discussion, it is important that we all have the same text. To purchase The Great Books Foundation Short Story Omnibus we’ll be using through June, 2017, go to this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/colleges-book-groups/literature-anthologies/....   Visit www.meetup.com/Manhattan-Great-Books-Discussion-Group to learn more about us.

 

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 2, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “Rewriting the Code of Life” by Michael Specter, The New Yorker, 1/2/17 (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/02/rewriting-the-code-of-life)
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: Our Feet--Our Selves
 
Featuring Sarah Goldberg of Eneslow Shoes, Board Certified Pedorthist, Educational Coordinator for Eneslow Pedorthic Institute.
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, February 2, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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 term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: The Social Network
Ethics in Film: The Social Network
Friday, February 3, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by David Fincher
 
On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: Ethics of Love
Sunday Meeting: Ethics of Love
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen
Henryka Komanska presides

In the United States, an estimated 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, in addition to the millions of cards that schoolchildren exchange. Advertising starts the day after New Year’s, generating close to $15 billion in retail sales. This highly commercialized holiday, rooted in a pagan festival that remained wildly popular well over a century after Consttantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire in the 4th century AD, was named after a martyr who was said to have flouted a ban against marriages by officiating them in secret. This platform addresses the nature of love in terms of sex, romance and attachment. Consider it an ethical valentine.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Movie Screening: 13th
Movie Screening: 13th
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

In this thought-provoking documentary, filmmaker Ava DuVernay ("Selma") explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African-Americans the the U.S. prison boom.

 
 
6:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
NYSEC Board of Trustees Meeting
NYSEC Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, February 6, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Epictetus' Handbook, Part 1

The modern practice of Stoicism is rooted, of course, in ancient Greco-Roman philosophy. So let's take an in-depth look at one of the classic texts from that tradition, Epictetus' "Enchiridion" or Manual (also translated as Handbook). Written by Arrian of Nicomedia, one of Epictetus' students, it is a short summary of fundamental Stoic ideas about how to live a good life.

We will go through the text in the classic translation by P.E. Matheson, available here for free (or here for $3, for Kindle). If you happen to have a different translation already, no worries, we'll use it as an opportunity to compare versions and see how they capture different nuances of the original Greek.

Basic information about Epictetus can be found here. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the Handbook:

Although the content is similar to the Discourses of Epictetus, it is not a summary of the Discourses but rather a compilation of practical precepts. Eschewing metaphysics, Arrian focused his attention on Epictetus's work applying philosophy in daily life. The primary theme is that one should accept what happens:

What upsets people is not things themselves but their judgments about the things. For example, "death is nothing dreadful (or else it would have appeared dreadful to Socrates)..." 

— Chapter Five

However, "some things are up to us and some are not up to us" and we must act accordingly, taking responsibility for planning and enacting what we can with virtue without becoming upset or disheartened by obstacles and reverses beyond our control.

For many centuries, the Enchiridion maintained its authority both with Christians and Pagans. Two Christian writers—Nilus and an anonymous contemporary—wrote paraphrases of it in the early 5th century and Simplicius of Cilicia wrote a commentary upon it in the 6th. The work was first published in Latin translation by Poliziano in Rome in 1493; Beroaldus published another edition in Bologna in 1496. The original Greek was first published in Venice with the Simplicius's commentary in 1528 and an English translation appeared as early as 1567. The book was a common school text in Scotland during the Scottish EnlightenmentAdam Smith had a 1670 edition in his library, acquired as a schoolboy.

 
 
6:30 PM
Social Hall
Grassroots Alliance Film & Discussion - The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community
Grassroots Alliance Film & Discussion - The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:30pm
Social Hall

A NYC Grassroots Alliance Event

Joanna Macy and other thought leaders urge us to open ourselves up to the sorrow and beauty of this time in history and get to work to ensure the beauty survives.

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Spieler, clinical psychologist and NYC Grassroots Alliance Organizer.

Sponsored by the Environmental Education Fund

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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 term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Senior Haven: Detecting Elder Abuse
Senior Haven: Detecting Elder Abuse
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 1:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Elder abuse is often hidden, silent and undiscovered. Abuse can come in many forms - financial, psychological and physical. Often the victim is fearful of reporting his or her conundrum. Sometimes the perpetrator is a family member in a position of trust. It can be heartbreaking and dangerous to miss the signs when someone you know is suffering from abuse.

Everyone is invited to participate in this important and informative tutorial on recognizing the signs of abuse to be presented by Staff members of the Weinberg Center of the Hebrew Home for the Aged. The program is meant for everyone who comes in contact with older adults such as family members, friends, neighbors, NYSEC professionals and employees, and anyone else with an interest or concern in this very important area.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

by P. Krugman
The New York Times, 1/30/17

"Make China Great Again"
by D. Leonhardt
The New York Times, 1/31/17

"The Republican Fausts"
by D. Brooks
The New York Times, 1/31/17

"Dutch Leader Challenged by Populists, Seems to Borrow Trump Strategy"
by C. Yeginsu
The New York Times, 1/25/17

"Wild Child Takes Charge"
by M. Dowd
The New York Times, 1/27/17

"President Bannon?"
by New York Times Editorial Board
The New York Times, 1/31/17

"Why 2017 May Be the Best Year Ever"
by N. Kristoff
The New York Times, 1/22/17

 
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 508
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Meeting
350NYC Climate Education & Sustainable Solutions Group Meeting
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Room 508

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
CANCELLED - Leader Lunch Discussion
CANCELLED - Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 9, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
NOTICE: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
 
Reading: “Conscious exotica” by Murray Shanahan, Aeon, 10/19/16 (https://aeon.co/essays/beyond-humans-what-other-kinds-of-minds-might-be-out-there)

 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, February 9, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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 term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
POSTPONED TO MARCH 10 - Ethics and the Theater: The Subject Was Roses
POSTPONED TO MARCH 10 - Ethics and the Theater: The Subject Was Roses
Friday, February 10, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
NOTICE: Tonight's play has been postponed until March 10.
 
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present: The Subject Was Roses, by Frank D. Gilroy.

This Pulitzer Prize–winning play scrutinizes the American ideal of family through the Clearys, husband, wife, and son, living a middle-class life in the mid-20th-century Bronx. When son Timmy returns home from serving in World War II, he disrupts the tenuous peace between his parents. As both vie for his love and support, old scars are reopened and new wounds inflicted.

Come at 6:30 pm for a reception and after the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar.

 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 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 12, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: The Beauty of The Human Encounter
Sunday Meeting: The Beauty of The Human Encounter
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Leader Dr. Joe Chuman
Hazel May presides

For the past four months I have devoted my addresses to our current political environment, the dangers it poses, and how we can buoy our sense of hope as our nation takes a plunge into the unknown. This month, I want to take break from the political world and return to a theme that lies at the heart of Ethical Culture’s worldview — elaborating on a meditation on human relations.
 
Human relations exist on all levels. We relate to others instrumentally. We seek others for mutual support, for friendship, and for love. And now, in the age of the internet, we have virtual “friends,” if friends they be. But what does it mean to relate to another in the best sense? What lies at the essence of the human encounter?
 
Shared charity: Make the Road New York
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, February 12, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial. 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 1:30pm
Room 508

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Members Lounge, 4th Floor
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Members Lounge, 4th Floor
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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 term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
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 14, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

With Leader Anne Klaeysen

Everyone Loves TED! It's even better when you can discuss the talks with other people. Together we will view selections with contemporary ethical themes and engage in a lively discussion. Links to the talks will be published on our website AFTER each session so that everyone will see them for the first time.

https://www.ted.com/talks/chinaka_hodge_what_will_you_tell_your_daughters_about_2016

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

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

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

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Massimo's Philosophy Cafe
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join us for a Socratic discussion on whether too much rationality, or knowledge of logical fallacies and cognitive biases, may actually not be a good thing. 

From the article suggested for this discussion: "As I have mentioned lately, I’m a bit concerned about certain people and attitudes within the broader skeptic movement, a concern that led to a fruitful recent exchange with my friend Steve Novella. Before that, I had expressed a worry about some over-interpreting of results from neuroscience and social psychology, seemingly suggesting that we are not as much Aristotle’s “rational animal,” as a rationalizing one, always busy confabulating in order to justify our own points of view no matter what. The two worries came together in the immediate aftermath of the US Presidential election, when I read with utmost interest a series of exchanges between my friend Julia Galef (with whom I used to co-host the Rationally Speaking podcast) and some of her followers on Facebook. The evidence is, of course, anecdotal, but it fits with the above worries I’ve been harboring for some time, based on my broader experience with self-professed skeptics." (more here).

Location: Elliott Library, rm. 507. Please note that the meeting is free for members of the Ethical Society, $5 for non-members, payable at the door.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 508
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
350NYC Fossil Fuel Divestment Group Meeting
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Room 508

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 16, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics” by Steven Weinberg, The NY Review of Books, 1/19/17 (https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/01/19/trouble-with-quantum-mechanics/)
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Topic: CARE NYC: Support for Caregivers, a New and Unique Program
 
Featuring Elizabeth Daniele, MSW, Caregivers Support Specialist.
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, February 16, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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 term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Navigating the "New Normal"
Navigating the "New Normal"
Thursday, February 16, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

 

Social commentator and comedian John Oliver, among many others, has admonished us not to "normalize" President-elect Donald Trump's behavior. “It is going to be too easy for things to start feeling normal, especially if you are someone who is not directly impacted by his actions,” he said. “So keep reminding yourself this is not normal. Write it on a Post-It Note, and stick it on your refrigerator. Hire a skywriter once a month. Because a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll is going to be delivering the next State of the Union address. And that is not normal, it is f--ked up.”

How do we reconcile with family and friends who voted differently than we did? How do we learn to listen and empathize with other people's experiences? If we are not directly impacted, how do we learn to be allies with those who are? What ethical actions can we take every day to make our community more responsive to people's needs?

Together we will explore answers to these questions by examining the current social and political landscape, practicing compassionate communication, and learning from guest speakers about how we can be allies to those who will suffer most over the next four years.

This Week's Topic: Religious Freedom Showdown and Science

  1. The Religious-Liberty Showdowns Coming in 2017: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/the-religious-liberty-showdowns-coming-in-2017/511400/
  2. Troubling Signs for Science Under Trump: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/rosetta-stones/troubling-signs-for-science-under-trump/
  3. Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination (click seventh article): https://www.thenation.com/subject/executive-branch/
  4. Six Ways Trump Can Advance Religious Freedom in His First 100 Days: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/315381-6-ways-trump-can-advance-religious-freedom-in-his-first
  5. President Trump and Science: 10 Things to Look For (and Fear?): http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/president-trump-and-science-ten-things-look-and-fear
  6. I’m A Scientist Who Has Gotten Death Threats.  I Fear What May Happen Under Trump: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-what-the-coming-attack-on-climate-science-could-look-like/2016/12/16/e015cc24-bd8c-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?utm_term=.7fb462b867ef
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
The Music Café at Ethical: José Heredia & Rachel Hippert
The Music Café at Ethical: José Heredia & Rachel Hippert
Friday, February 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Hooray for Friday - especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to relax, unwind, and enjoy music, refreshments, and good company.
 
This month, our guest performers are the outstanding operatic duo of tenor José Heredia and soprano Rachel Hippert, performing some of the most beloved arias and duets. 
 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

Find poems that strike your heart this month. Perhaps it’s the Cold and Crisp Air; Valentine’s Day; Black History Month. Or bring whatever you like.  Join us!

 

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting: How Right-Wing Media Divided The Country, Created Distrust, and Invented Fake News
Sunday Meeting: How Right-Wing Media Divided The Country, Created Distrust, and Invented Fake News
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Jen Senko
Dan Hanson presides

Jen will talk first about her father’s personality change after his discovery of Talk Radio, while simultaneously seeing the country change.

Notice: We will also be screening Jen's documentary, "The Brainwashing of My Dad" at 1:30pm.
(Click here for more information)

Jen had a feeling of trepidation as she saw how right-wing media particularly, was doing damage to our country by getting people to vote against their own interests while creating an ever-increasing divide. Jen dedicated herself to figuring out what was going on and learned this was a carefully constructed plan going back 30 – 40 years. Jen will lay that out, then describe the techniques used by far right media like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, etc. Finally, Jen will discuss the results of 30 – 40 years of this plan and how it’s resulted in increased racism, Trump, distrust of the government and the media and our fellow human beings. Jen will end with what we can do about it.

Jen Senko is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her documentaries focus on socio-political themes with the intent of inspiring discussion and fomenting change. Senko’s most recent documentary, The Brainwashing of My Dad tracks the disturbing rise of right-wing media. The film is told through the lens of her father, whose politics and personality were transformed for the worse after he discovered talk radio. This widely acclaimed project has won numerous awards, has screened in festivals and theaters across the U.S, in Canada, and in Ireland and has distribution on VOD and DVD.  Hoping to expose gentrification’s dire consequences in New York City, Jen also co-directed The Vanishing City with Fiore DeRosa. Kathryn Erbe of Law and Order narrated the film. A Pratt graduate, Jen Senko speaks at social-justice organizations about her film and her experience.

Find out more about Jen’s current project at www.TheBrainwashingofMyDad.com, on Twitter at #BrainwashingDad, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.

This week's shared charity: ASPCA

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Film: The Brainwashing of My Dad
Film: The Brainwashing of My Dad
Sunday, February 19, 2017 -
1:30pm to 4:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Jen Senko's The Brainwashing of My Dad tracks the disturbing rise of right-wing media. The film is told through the lens of Jen's father, whose politics and personality were transformed for the worse after he discovered talk radio. This widely acclaimed project has won numerous awards, has screened in festivals and theaters across the U.S, in Canada, and in Ireland and has distribution on VOD and DVD.

Find out more about Jen’s current project at www.TheBrainwashingofMyDad.com, on Twitter at #BrainwashingDad, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.

 
 
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Social Service Board: Group Psychology Experiential Workshop
Social Service Board: Group Psychology Experiential Workshop
Sunday, February 19, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:30pm

NYSEC Members and Friends contact Dr. Frank J. Corigliano, Ph.D. Directly Televisiting@SocialServiceBoard.org

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New York State Psychological Association - Group Psychology & Psychotherapy Division Presents:
What, Me Run a Group? An Exploration of Resistances to Leading Therapy Groups
Marie T. Sergent, PhD and Katherine J. Mitchell, PsyD, CGP
A half day experiential workshop
 
Hosted by the Social Services Board
At the New York Society for Ethical Culture
 
Many competent therapists are reluctant to lead groups in private practice or institutions. This program will examine common fears and resistances that may discourage potential group leaders. Through didactic presentation, experiential participation, and discussion, participants will have the opportunity to observe, discuss and work through their fears and hesitations about forming and leading groups.
 
Marie T. Sergent, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Rochester, New York where she has practiced for the past 21 years. She is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) at the University of Rochester, where she teaches and supervises pre-doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in the practice of individual, group, and couples therapy. Dr. Sergent facilitates numerous therapy, supervision and training groups in her private practice. She has experience in group therapy program development and has led workshops on the various aspects of group treatment.
 
Katherine J. Mitchell, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Certified Group Therapist with a private practice in the Flatiron district of NYC. Dr. Mitchell has a number of therapy groups in her practice. She has conducted research on the effectiveness of group therapy interventions and has been involved in the development of group therapy programs.
 
Co-Sponsored by NYSPA Clinical, Independent Practice, and Psychoanalysis Divisions
 
Registration Information: Online by February 15th: NYSPA Group and Co-sponsor Division members $25 ($10 will go towards membership to the Group Division); Non-members $35
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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 term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Leader's Office
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office

Moderator: Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader

Discuss the works of Felix Adler and other thinkers whose writings are seminal to Ethical Culture and humanist philosophy.

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial. 

 
 
6:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

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.

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor
Film & Discussion: 13th
Film & Discussion: 13th
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th Floor

In this thought-provoking documentary, filmmaker Ava DuVernay ("Selma") explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African-Americans the the U.S. prison boom.

A discussion of the movie will follow, led by Pamela McGhee.

 
 
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Auditorium
Indivisible Town Hall
Indivisible Town Hall
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Auditorium

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1873777079507429/1876281725923631/

NYSEC and Indivisible NY (a group of New Yorkers inspired by the strategies and methods outlined in the Indivisible Guide for resisting aspects of the new administration that violate human rights and environmental protections), will host a Town Hall event here on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. This event is for non-profit organizations to discuss how this dangerous policies affect the communities they represent.

Speakers will discuss three issues:

1) How the Trump agenda threatens the communities they represent.
2) A legislative update on which pieces to pay attention to.
3) How we, as a group, can defend against the threat represented by the Trump administration.

If there is time at the end, the floor may be opened up for questions.

Our speakers will be:

Albert Cahn, Legal Director - CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations)
Elizabeth Adams, Director of Government Relations - Planned Parenthood
Donna Lieberman - NYCLU (New York Civil Liberties Union)
Elizabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives - Community Service Society
Shelby Chestnut, Director of community Organizing and Public Advocacy - New York City Anti-Violence Project
Eric Weltzer, Senior Organizer - Food & Water Watch NY

You are invited to attend this free event and there is no registration necessary. However, we are expecting a large turnout, so if you are planning to attend, arrive early! The doors will open at 6:30 pm.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library Room 507
350NYC General Public Meeting
350NYC General Public Meeting
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library Room 507

350NYC is the local affiliate of 350.org, a grassroots network of volunteer-run campaigns in over 188 countries to prevent climate chaos.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 23, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Reading: “If Not Darwin, Who?” by Philip Ball, Nautilus, 12/15/16 (http://nautil.us/issue/43/heroes/if-not-darwin-who)
 
 

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.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Thursday, February 23, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Social Hall

Resist! Volunteer Meeting

Join Food & Water Watch to learn about plans to oppose the extreme right-wing anti-environmental agenda and fight for clean water, climate justice, and safe food.

Food and Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all by standing up to corporations that put profits before people and advocating for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Thursday, February 23, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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 term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Comedy Corner at Ethical: John Marshall
Comedy Corner at Ethical: John Marshall
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Laughter is the best medicine. MC Scott Blakeman of Laughing Liberally brings you an ample dose, with the hottest comedians on the New York stage.
 
Joining Scott this month is the Emmy-nominated late night TV comedy writer (Politically Incorrect, The Chris Rock Show, and others) and comedian, John Marshall. John is most recently the author of The Greenfather. Loosely based on The Godfather, Marshall's debut novel is a hilarious romp in which he satirizes crime, families, crime families, and--would you believe it--the environmental movement. Come and hear all about it.
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 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: American Indian Community House Stands with Standing Rock
Sunday Meeting: American Indian Community House Stands with Standing Rock
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

with Sheldon Raymore
Maggie Determann presides

Members from the American Indian Community House were at Standing Rock and stayed at the Oceti Sakowin Two Spirit and Red Warrior Camps. 

A.I.C.H. stands in solidarity with hundreds of tribes from all over the world who have gathered there to protect the sacred waters. It is with the utmost gratitude to those who have supported and continue to support these efforts.  Sheldon will share important updates and report out from Standing Rock and the current state of it. 

Sheldon Raymore is from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation and currently resides in New York City.  He is the Outreach Coordinator at the American Indian Community House which was established in 1969.  He is a Native American Storyteller, Activist, Visual Artist, Actor, Choreographer, and an award winning Grass Dancer.  In 2015 he starred in ABC’s Born to Explore with Richard Weiss “Legend of Dance” where he was the featured grass dancer at the National Museum of the American Indian in NYC.  He’s also danced for the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers at the Theatre for the New City.  

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

1:00pm  TEEN TABLE, in lunch room.

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:15 PM
Room 508
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 1:15pm
Room 508
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life
Stoic School of Life
Monday, February 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Epictetus' Handbook, Part 2

The modern practice of Stoicism is rooted, of course, in ancient Greco-Roman philosophy. So let's take an in-depth look at one of the classic texts from that tradition, Epictetus' "Enchiridion" or Manual (also translated as Handbook). Written by Arrian of Nicomedia, one of Epictetus' students, it is a short summary of fundamental Stoic ideas about how to live a good life.

We will continue our study of the text in the classic translation by Thomas Wentworth Higginson,available here for free(or as part of the collection of his student Arrian's writings, $2 for Kindle). If you happen to have a different translation already, no worries, we'll use it as an opportunity to compare versions and see how they capture different nuances of the original Greek.

Basic information about Epictetus can be found here. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the Handbook:

Although the content is similar to the Discourses of Epictetus, it is not a summary of the Discourses but rather a compilation of practical precepts. Eschewing metaphysics, Arrian focused his attention on Epictetus's work applying philosophy in daily life. The primary theme is that one should accept what happens:

What upsets people is not things themselves but their judgments about the things. For example, "death is nothing dreadful (or else it would have appeared dreadful to Socrates)..." 

— Chapter Five

However, "some things are up to us and some are not up to us" and we must act accordingly, taking responsibility for planning and enacting what we can with virtue without becoming upset or disheartened by obstacles and reverses beyond our control.

For many centuries, the Enchiridion maintained its authority both with Christians and Pagans. Two Christian writers—Nilus and an anonymous contemporary—wrote paraphrases of it in the early 5th century and Simplicius of Cilicia wrote a commentary upon it in the 6th. The work was first published in Latin translation by Poliziano in Rome in 1493; Beroaldus published another edition in Bologna in 1496. The original Greek was first published in Venice with the Simplicius's commentary in 1528 and an English translation appeared as early as 1567. The book was a common school text in Scotland during the Scottish EnlightenmentAdam Smith had a 1670 edition in his library, acquired as a schoolboy.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science: Anthropology and the Brilliance of Boas
Speaking of Science: Anthropology and the Brilliance of Boas
Monday, February 27, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

With Alan McGowan

We’ll focus on the groundbreaking scientific achievements and the progressive political views of Franz Boas. With his 1881 doctorate in physics and his interest in geography, Boas became an anthropologist after studying the culture of natives of northern Canada. Continuing his studies in the US, he became a professor of anthropology at Columbia University. Known for his opposition to the notion of racial superiority, his research and studies brought brilliant new insight to cultural and physical anthropology and linguistics.

Alan McGowan, former chair of the Environmental Studies Program at The New School, as well as of the Science, Technology and Society Program there, is finishing a book on Franz Boas. He is very active in the non-profit world, serving as chair of the governance and legal committee of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, and chair emeritus of Student Pugwash, USA, an organization devoted to the ethical uses of scientific information. He is also an Executive Editor of Environment magazine. He is a member of the "Slavery and Memory" seminar at Columbia University, and has written extensively on the intersection of science and politics. Upon retiring as Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Science at the New School, he became a Lecturer there, and helps to run the Environmental Scholars in Alaska Program.

 

 
 
7:00 PM
Room 508
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
Room 508
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members to find out who we are and what we do. Ask about the Society and our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership. Please RSVP by calling ext. 113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

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 term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
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 28, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

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 28, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

Readings TBA