Event Calendar

August 2014

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7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Ethics in Film - Quiz Show 1994
Ethics in Film - Quiz Show 1994
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Moderator: Chris Everett 

Produced and directed by Robert Redford

An idealistic young lawyer working for a Congressional subcommittee in the late 1950s discovers that TV quiz shows are being fixed. His investigation focuses on two contestants on the show “Twenty-One”: Herbert Stempel, a brash working-class Jew from Queens, and Charles Van Doren, the patrician scion of one of America’s leading literary families. Based on a true story.  

 

 

 
 
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10:15 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Social Gathering with refreshments
Social Gathering with refreshments
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 10:15am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Coffee, Tea, Bagels, etc.
 
 
 
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - The Children's Garden: Ethical Culture and the Free Kindergarten Movement
Sunday Meeting - The Children's Garden: Ethical Culture and the Free Kindergarten Movement
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Paulo Ribeiro, Leader-in-Training
 

Free preschool is once again a major issue in New York City. The New York Society began its mission after the founding by establishing the city's first free kindergarten. In doing so, the Society became part of the controversial kindergarten movement that was overturning traditional conceptions about education.

Paulo Ribeiro is a Leader-in-Training with the American Ethical Union. He is currently in his second year with the Humanist Institute and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Montclair State University. He is a three-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his work designing and implementing programming for children’s education and recreation.

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Moderator: Barbara Simpson
 
A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

 

 
 
2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Assembly
Sunday Assembly
Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
An hour that combines engaging speakers and toe tapping songs. Socializing, coffee and cookies after the event.
Sunday Assembly NYC will be celebrating its one-year anniversary, providing fellowship for the secular community with a very special guest. Noted scholar and author, Massimo Pigliucci will be the featured speaker on August 3rd, capping off Sunday Assembly’s array of moving and inspirational songs, readings and stories.
 
Massimo Pigliucci is a biologist and philosopher at the City University of New York. His main interests are in the philosophy of science and pseudoscience, and he is the editor-in-chief of Scientia Salon. His latest books include Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life and Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem. Pigliucci also recently appeared on ‘The Colbert Report’ for a segment about artificial intelligence.
 
Joining Massimo Pigliucci on stage is Julia Chanes from iMentor to talk about her journey helping underserved youths and her latest project helping to empower students through mentorship. Also, hosts AJ Johnson and Justina Walford will be joining guest musicians Don Kennedy Albert and Jack Lucentini to lead the Assembly in inspiration and song.
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Summer Session - Class Full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Summer Session - Class Full
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Led by Elaine Berman Gurney
 
These classes are open to all who want to try personal writing.To register, or for more information: contact Moe-Swe Myint at mmyint@nysec.org or 212.874.5210 x113. 
 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for a stimulating discussion on "The Growing World of Disorder and the World of Order," Thomas Friedman, The NY Times, 7/30/2014. 

 

 
 
1:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Strength Exercise Class
Strength Exercise Class
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
A strength exercise class, led by member Rob Hofman, certified as an Exercise Specialist for the Elderly by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Any questions email Rob at rwhofman@aol.com, or phone him at 917.374.5479.

 

 
 
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Room 508
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Room 508
Larry Schiff Presides
 

James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

“The Right Way to Control the Banks” by Roger E. Alcaly, The NY Review of Books, 6/5/14.

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles are available from Moe-Swe Myint, ext. 113 – or online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Dr. Barbara Grossman, Au D
 

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information please call 212.721.4407.

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM
Auditorium
A Political Candidates Forum on Criminal Justice Issues
A Political Candidates Forum on Criminal Justice Issues
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 7:00pm
Auditorium

 
 
 
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10:15 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Social Gathering with refreshments
Social Gathering with refreshments
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 10:15am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Coffee, Tea, Bagels, etc.
 
 
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Got Free Will?
Sunday Meeting - Got Free Will?
Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Richard Koral, Leader-in-Training
Pat Berens Presides
 

Ethical Humanism, and its mandate that we improve our world, has an inherent assumption - that people have the power to change, improve and try to live up to their highest aspirations. But philosophers have always struggled over the degree to which people really possess free will as many of our choices seem made for us, not by us. Now, new research in neuroscience shows that much of our thinking appears to be pre-programmed. In the age-old debate between free will and determinism, which side is winning? What are the implications for Humanists?

Richard Koral is an Ethical Culture Leader in Training. A long-time member and past president of the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester in White Plains, NY, he is currently president of the national board of the American Ethical Union. He is holder of Doctor of Ministry and practiced law for many years in NYC.  

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Summer Session - Class Full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Summer Session - Class Full
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Led by Elaine Berman Gurney
 
These classes are open to all who want to try personal writing.To register, or for more informationcontact Moe-Swe Myint at mmyint@nysec.org or 212.874.5210 x113. 
 

 
 

 

 
 
2:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Get Happy!
Get Happy!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 2:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Sandi Sacks, NYSEC member and social worker 
 
August 13 & 27
 
What is happiness? Can we learn to be happy? This life-enhancing series focuses on the factors that contribute to the experience of momentary joy and long-term sustained happiness. Participants will learn about dynamic behavioral, cognitive, and physiological approaches to achieve greater happiness. Recent significant research in the fields of positive and cognitive psychology and neuroscience as well as the inspiration of great philosophers are the foundation of this series taught by Sandi Sacks.
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

“Alan Guth: What made the Big Bang bang” by Neil Swidey, The Boston Globe Magazine, 5/2/14.

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles are available from Moe-Swe Myint, ext. 113, or you can read online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
 
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10:15 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Social Gathering with refreshments
Social Gathering with refreshments
Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 10:15am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Coffee, Tea, Bagels, etc.
 
 
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - The Ethics of Being Happy
Sunday Meeting - The Ethics of Being Happy
Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader
Muriel Berger Presides
 

Is it ethical to be happy? An early meaning of ethics had to do with seeking to live "a good life" which included not just a life of goodness to others, but a life in which one experienced goodness. Yet often, ethics seems to be about duty, and that begins to sound quite dreary and not at all connected with happiness. Brooklyn's Interim Clergy Leader Jone Lewis will reflect on the role of happiness in the ethical life.

Jone Johnson Lewis has been an Ethical Culture Leader for 24 years. She's served societies in Chicago (4 years) and Northern Virginia (17 years) and is currently the Interim Clergy Leader at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. She also serves as the current president of the National Leaders Council and is on the AEU's Membership Committee. She has degrees in business and religion, and was an executive in the Information Technology field before changing her career path. She also writes for the web about women's history.

 

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Summer Session - Class Full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Summer Session - Class Full
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Led by Elaine Berman Gurney
 
These classes are open to all who want to try personal writing.To register, or for more informationcontact Moe-Swe Myint at mmyint@nysec.org or 212.874.5210 x113. 
 

 

 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for a stimulating discussion on "Hilary's Criticism of Obama," Frank Bruni, The New York Times, 8-12-14, and "Kristoff on Importance of the Humanities," The New York Times, 8-14-14..

 

 

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Barbara Simpson
 
A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Deepening Ethical Circles
Deepening Ethical Circles
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Dr. Anne Klaeysen moderator

August 20 & 27

Meaningful personal development and community growth can flourish when people share in the lives of others, especially through empathetic listening and talking about matters of ultimate concern. Small group experiences, used at other Ethical societies, provide an opportunity for members to explore their deepest understanding of life in community. This summer we will learn this practice of sharing and form intentional groups that will continue in the fall.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“The Stealth War on Abortion” by Janet Reitman, 1/15/14, Rolling Stone.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles are available from Moe-Swe Myint, ext. 113 – or online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Francisco Diaz - Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
 

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information please call 212.721.4407.

 

 

 
 
 
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10:15 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Social Gathering with refreshments
Social Gathering with refreshments
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:15am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Coffee, Tea, Bagels, etc.
 
 
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Ethics and the Emotions, 1: The Case for Compassion
Sunday Meeting - Ethics and the Emotions, 1: The Case for Compassion
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Robert J. Berson, Leader
Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides
 

Emotions, as Martha Nussbaum asserts in her book Eruptions of Thought, are not merely "feelings" but contain evaluative cognitions about matters of importance, often outside our control, which affect our most profound sense of well-being and our most significant connections to others. Following Nussbaum's lead, this address briefly describes her analysis of the emotional process leading to compassion and illustrates that process by telling the stories of an ancient Greek tragedy and of a contemporary sick child.

Dr. Robert J. Berson is Leader of the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester and a clinical psychologist with a practice in Manhattan. Bob is a graduate of the Fieldston School (the Ethical Culture Schools) and of the Sunday School of the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. He graduated from Haverford College and earned graduate degrees at Harvard University, Bank Street College of Education, Teachers College, and the City University of New York. He taught in the Ethics Department at Fieldston and has worked in the counseling services at a number of colleges and universities in the New York metropolitan area.

 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Poetry Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ishmael Islam Presides
 

NYSEC members know Ish as an Ethical Teen Leadership advisor and actor with Ethics and the Theater. This Brooklyn native is also a poet, musician, graphic designer and filmmaker who likes “the idea of poetry becoming more accessible.” To that end, he is offering a workshop that will inspire you to get in touch with your creative energy and write your own poetry. Why “small world”? Because wherever he goes, Ish finds and makes connections with other people. Performing his poetry and offering workshops make that possible. 

Ish’s workshop will focus on the process of building a poem and emphasize the writer’s choice to experiment with poetic tools. From building a freewrite into a form of a sonnet or sestina, observation of line breaks and meter to the visual effect of a poem on page, encouraging an accessibility to understanding poetry through play.

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing - Last Session - Class Full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Last Session - Class Full
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Room 508
Led by Elaine Berman Gurney
 
 
 

 

 
 
2:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Get Happy! - Last session
Get Happy! - Last session
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 2:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Sandi Sacks, NYSEC member and social worker 
 
August 13 & 27
 
What is happiness? Can we learn to be happy? This life-enhancing series focuses on the factors that contribute to the experience of momentary joy and long-term sustained happiness. Participants will learn about dynamic behavioral, cognitive, and physiological approaches to achieve greater happiness. Recent significant research in the fields of positive and cognitive psychology and neuroscience as well as the inspiration of great philosophers are the foundation of this series taught by Sandi Sacks.
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Deepening Ethical Circles - last session
Deepening Ethical Circles - last session
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Dr. Anne Klaeysen moderator.
 

Meaningful personal development and community growth can flourish when people share in the lives of others, especially through empathetic listening and talking about matters of ultimate concern. Small group experiences, used at other Ethical societies, provide an opportunity for members to explore their deepest understanding of life in community. This summer we will learn this practice of sharing and form intentional groups that will continue in the fall.

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Stretch Genes” by H. Allen Orr, The NY Review of Books, 6/5/14, and “In Defense of A Troublesome Inheritance” by Nicholas Wade, Huffington Post, 5/29/14.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles are available from Moe-Swe Myint, ext. 113 – or online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch.
 
 
 
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10:15 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Social Gathering with refreshments
Social Gathering with refreshments
Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:15am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Coffee, Tea, Bagels, etc.
 
 
 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - New Labor in New York
Sunday Meeting - New Labor in New York
Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology
Joseph Marvel Presides
 

“New Labor in New York” is the title of both this Sunday’s platform and a book edited by our speaker Ruth Milkman and her colleague Ed Ott of the City University of New York. Dr. Milkman will discuss recent grassroots initiatives aimed at organizing New York City’s low-wage and immigrant workers. Her book includes critical analyses of thirteen worker centers, unions, and community-based campaigns focused on the new “precariat.” Some organize in traditionally non-union sectors like street vending, domestic work, and freelance “creative”fields; others focus on grocery store, retail and restaurant workers. These case studies help us understand the future prospects of labor in the context of New York's growing inequality, and the work of revolutionizing communities from the bottom up.

Ruth Milkman is a sociologist of labor and labor movements who has written on a variety of topics involving work and organized labor in the United States, past and present. Recently she has written extensively about low-wage immigrant workers in the U.S., analyzing their employment conditions as well as the dynamics of immigrant labor organizing. She helped lead a multi-city team that produced a widely publicized 2009 study documenting the prevalence of wage theft and violations of other workplace laws in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. She is currently a Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and at the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, where she also serves as Academic Director.