Event Calendar

July 2016

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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

Please join us for a continental breakfast before Sunday Platform and socialize with members and friends.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Reflections on Patriotism
Sunday Meeting - Reflections on Patriotism
Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
Cheryl Gross presides
 
 
What does patriotism really mean? How does one experience and express it? Is it unquestioned loyalty to one’s country or is dissent also patriotic? In this reflective platform, we will explore these and other questions together. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, July 4, 2016 (All day) Building Closed- July 4th
Building Closed- July 4th
Monday, July 4, 2016 (All day)
 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Room 508
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 
 
Britain’s Brexit Leap in the Dark  Roger Cohen JUNE 24, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Fear, Loathing and Brexit  Paul Krugman JUNE 17, 2016
 
 
Drought Selfies and Drought Suicides  By SONIA FALEIROJUNE 17, 2016
 
 
When Republicans Draw District Boundaries, They Can’t Lose. Literally.  By ALEX WAGNER JUNE 21, 2016
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
From the Top of the Wonder Wheel: A Poetic Atheist Historian Maps the World
From the Top of the Wonder Wheel: A Poetic Atheist Historian Maps the World
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
All four Wednesdays in July!
 
Moderator: Jennifer Michael Hecht, author
 
“Like belief, doubt takes a lot of different forms, from ancient Skepticism to modern scientific empiricism, from doubt in many gods to doubt in one God, to doubt that recreates and enlivens faith and doubt that is really disbelief.” So begins historian and poet Hecht’s book on the great doubters and their legacy of innovation. Join her for an exploration of this enduring concept.
 
The History of Doubt, Atheism, and Meaning
 
Registration Required (all sessions)
 
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION:
Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk
212-874-5210 X 117

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, July 7, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
"The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans" by Neal Gabler, The Atlantic, May 2016, and "In an Age of Privilege, Not Everyone is in the Same Boat" by Nelson D. Schwartz, The NY Times, 4/23/16
 
 

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, July 7, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Staying Connected: Virtual Program
 
 
David Dring E.D, Selp-Help Innovations
 

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 #.  

 

 

 
 
 
8:00 PM
Auditorium
The Peace Train Concert in NYC
The Peace Train Concert in NYC
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 8:00pm
Auditorium

 

Grammy-nominated band and 100-voice diverse youth choir are traveling across America aboard The Peace Train to put the "United" back in the USA. They are traveling to NY, NJ, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC to spread a message of social justice, peace and unity to contrast with the divisive rhetoric that's dominating the airwaves. It's modeled on the work of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train in South Africa that helped Nelson Mandela end Apartheid. Watch a trailer of the award-winning film about them at WhenVoicesMeet.com

Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2545699

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

Please join us for a continental breakfast before Sunday Platform and socialize with members and friends.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Helping Each Other To Change For a World Of Justice In Peace
Sunday Meeting - Helping Each Other To Change For a World Of Justice In Peace
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
James G. White, Leader  
Kathleen O'Connell presides
 
 
Ethical Culture without ethical action?   Impossible! Felix Adler grounded his new movement on the affirmation that each human being must be attributed worth and dignity. And he understood that any political-economic structure that violates human worth must be resolutely opposed. The task we still face is to struggle to build a world where the best potential of each person can be as fully realized as possible. We will celebrate glowing moments in our history of work against the many forms of dehumanization suffered by our sisters and brothers and ourselves. And we will nurture our resilience to advance the daunting work that remains ahead.
 
Jim White has joyfully served as Leader for both the Essex and Riverdale/Yonkers societies. He continues as an active member of RYSEC, co-leading both Bronx Climate Justice North and Congregations for Justice and Peace in Harlem. Jim is a public interest lawyer representing psychiatric inpatients in northern Manhattan. He is married to the singer Eileen Karlson and rejoices in the friendship of his two sons and their growing families.
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, July 10, 2016 -
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. 

 
 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
 
View selected talks and engage in a discussion about the contemporary ethical issues in the selection.
 
 

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

Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

 

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

David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. This short talk celebrates the pioneering work of ocean explorers like Edith Widder and Roger Hanlon.

 

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

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

 

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

Textile artist Magda Sayeg transforms urban landscapes into her own playground by decorating everyday objects with colorful knit and crochet works. These warm, fuzzy "yarn bombs" started small, with stop sign poles and fire hydrants in Sayeg's hometown, but soon people found a connection to the craft and spread it across the world. "We all live in this fast-paced, digital world, but we still crave and desire something that's relatable," Sayeg says. "Hidden power can be found in the most unassuming places, and we all possess skills that are just waiting to be discovered."

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
From the Top of the Wonder Wheel: A Poetic Atheist Historian Maps the World
From the Top of the Wonder Wheel: A Poetic Atheist Historian Maps the World
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
All four Wednesdays in July!
 
Moderator: Jennifer Michael Hecht, author
 
“Like belief, doubt takes a lot of different forms, from ancient Skepticism to modern scientific empiricism, from doubt in many gods to doubt in one God, to doubt that recreates and enlivens faith and doubt that is really disbelief.” So begins historian and poet Hecht’s book on the great doubters and their legacy of innovation. Join her for an exploration of this enduring concept.
 
Your Favorite Artists and Writers Were Unbelievers
 
Registration Required (all sessions)
 
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION:
Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk
212-874-5210 X 117

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group- Faust
Great Books Discussion Group- Faust
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, co-organizers and event hosts
 
"Faust" by Goethe
 
Read the selections in advance, 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 Reading and Discussion Second Series and Reader Aid we’ll be using through June, 2016, visit this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/book-groups-colleges/great-books.html You can also 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, July 14, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
"The Hell After ISIS" by Anand Gopal, The Atlantic, May 2016
 
 

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 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
United For Action (UA)
United For Action (UA)
Thursday, July 14, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
UA is a group of volunteers who shape public policy decisions by organizing and mobilizing fellow citizens who oppose continued reliance on fossil fuels to power our lives, including coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy. They advocate instead for the implementation of renewable energy, as well as conservation and energy efficiency. 
 
UA works to raise public awareness of the unacceptable risks posed by extreme fossil fuel extraction such as fracking for natural gas and oil, and by the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.
 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

Please join us for a continental breakfast before Sunday Platform and socialize with members and friends.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Global Ethics Initiative
Sunday Meeting - Global Ethics Initiative
Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Nina B. Urban, MD, MSc
Chuck Debrovner presides
 
The U.S. Opioid epidemic: an overview
 
Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioid pain medications sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled. During the same time frame, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids has increased by the same order of magnitude. From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million people died from drug overdoses in the U.S., making it the leading cause of accidental death in the US. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with nearly 19,000 overdose deaths due to prescription pain relievers, and over 10,000 deaths related to heroin in 2014 alone. Thus, among all substances of abuse, opioid addiction has by far become the problem with the most significant public health consequences for the nation. This presentation will explore the history, causes and relevance of the current opioid epidemic. 
 
Dr. Urban is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and New York University, until recently working in neuroimaging and treatment research for a variety of substance abuse disorders. As a psychiatrist and specialist in addiction medicine, Dr. Urban also provides clinical care to vulnerable patient populations, including those with drug- or alcohol addictions. She is a board member of the Global Bioethics Initiative and faculty on the GBI Summer School. 
 

 

 
 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

 

Diseases in Decline
Climate Change in Bolivia
Are We unraveling?
The Terror Saudis Foment

 

1. A Medical Mystery of the Best Kind: Major Diseases Are in Decline  by Gina Kolata July 8, 2016

2. Are We Unraveling? by Ross Douthat July 9, 2016

3. Are We on the Path to National Ruin? by David Brooks July 12, 2016

4.  The Terrorists the Saudis Cultivate in Peaceful Countries by Nicholas Kristof July 2, 2016

5.  Climate Change Claims a Lake, and an Identity by Nicholas Casey July 8, 2016

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
From the Top of the Wonder Wheel: A Poetic Atheist Historian Maps the World
From the Top of the Wonder Wheel: A Poetic Atheist Historian Maps the World
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
All four Wednesdays in July!
 
Moderator: Jennifer Michael Hecht, author
 
“Like belief, doubt takes a lot of different forms, from ancient Skepticism to modern scientific empiricism, from doubt in many gods to doubt in one God, to doubt that recreates and enlivens faith and doubt that is really disbelief.” So begins historian and poet Hecht’s book on the great doubters and their legacy of innovation. Join her for an exploration of this enduring concept.
 
Taking Absurdity Seriously: A History of Thinkers Finding Purpose in Wonder and the Strange
 
 
Registration Required (all sessions)
 
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION:
Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk
212-874-5210 X 117

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, July 21, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
"Open the Cages!" by Peter Singer, The NY Review of Books, 5/12/16, and "How Animals Think" by Alison Gopnik, The Atlantic, May 2016
 
 

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 7:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Honoring the Stories of Illness
Honoring the Stories of Illness
Thursday, July 21, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D.

The care of the sick unfolds in stories. Dr. Charon is Executive Director of the Program of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University – a groundbreaking interdisciplinary field of medicine in which health professionals and scholars from the humanities and social sciences address the need of patients and caregivers to be heard and to be valued. Come hear the stories, and how the power of narrative is changing the way healthcare is given and received.
 
Talk followed by Q&A
 
Followed by a Cocktail Reception
 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Age Friendly NYC 2016
 
 
Dr. Martha Sullivan E.D. Gouverneur
 

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 #.  

 

 

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

Please join us for a continental breakfast before Sunday Platform and socialize with members and friends.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - The Wikimedia Commons and Free Education
Sunday Meeting - The Wikimedia Commons and Free Education
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Jon Leichty, Ethical NYC Member
Maggie Determann presides
 
The Wikimedia Commons is an online repository of educational media, containing more than 31 million files (pictures, video, sound, and so on), that are available to be copied and used with few restrictions.  A companion project to Wikipedia, the information in the Commons is created, provided, and maintained largely by volunteers.  This talk will introduce the Commons and describe the ongoing work of making the collection more widely accessible.
 

Jon Liechty has been playing music for NYSEC since 2000.  He has been volunteering on Wikimedia projects since 2007; in addition to describing and categorizing media for the Wikimedia Commons, he translates articles for the Esperanto Wikipedia and contributes to a number of other Wikipedias.

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science - How Complex is Ordinary Matter? Very Complex
Speaking of Science - How Complex is Ordinary Matter? Very Complex
Monday, July 25, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
Professor Uldis Blukis will talk about the complexity of the 5% of our universe that is “ordinary matter.” A manifold complexity resides in the innumerable existing structures, processes, and functions of matter, as well as in matter's potential to evolve even more structures, processes, and functions. (Living organisms embody this manifold complexity.) Because of this, matter’s potential for novelty, the growth potential of human knowledge, and the extent of human ignorance are inexhaustible.
 
We will explore what this might mean for improved understanding of knowledge and ignorance, science, and even the development/collapse of our global civilization.
 
Dr. Blukis is professor emeritus of Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he taught chemistry, integrated science and history of the science of matter. Post-teaching, he was a diplomat at the UN in New York. His Ph.D. in physical chemistry is from the University of California, Berkeley.
 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesdays with TED - Talks, That Is
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
 
View selected talks and engage in a discussion about the contemporary ethical issues in the selection.
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
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. 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
From the Top of the Wonder Wheel: A Poetic Atheist Historian Maps the World
From the Top of the Wonder Wheel: A Poetic Atheist Historian Maps the World
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
All four Wednesdays in July!
 
Moderator: Jennifer Michael Hecht, author
 
“Like belief, doubt takes a lot of different forms, from ancient Skepticism to modern scientific empiricism, from doubt in many gods to doubt in one God, to doubt that recreates and enlivens faith and doubt that is really disbelief.” So begins historian and poet Hecht’s book on the great doubters and their legacy of innovation. Join her for an exploration of this enduring concept.
 
A Secular History of the Idea of Purpose in Suffering, Fun, and Creating
 
Registration Required (all sessions)
 
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION:
Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk
212-874-5210 X 117

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library
350NYC Monthly Meeting
350NYC Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, July 28, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
"Cuba: The Big Change" by Alma Guillermoprieto, The NY Review of Books, 5/12/16
 
 

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

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

Please join us for a continental breakfast before Sunday Platform and socialize with members and friends.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - The Unheeded Lessons from Enron, 15 Years Later
Sunday Meeting - The Unheeded Lessons from Enron, 15 Years Later
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Loren Fox
Hazel May presides
 

The collapse of Enron in 2001, then the largest-ever U.S. bankruptcy, was a front-page financial scandal that landed its top bosses in prison, destroyed accounting giant Arthur Andersen, and was the subject of a film. Despite Congressional hearings and the passage of new laws, however, most of the real reasons behind Enron’s fall are unchanged. This talk will address how bipartisan blind faith in “the market” led to Enron’s fall, fueled the 2008 Great Recession, and continues to cause problems. 

Loren Fox is a journalist, author and research analyst. His book, Enron: The Rise and Fall (John Wiley, 2002), was one of the first comprehensive accounts of the Enron saga. He worked as a writer and editor at Business 2.0 magazine and other publications, and his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and elsewhere. Since 2012, Loren has been director of research at Money-Media, a division of the Financial Times; he has been quoted in The New York Times, the Associated Press and other media, and he’s a frequent speaker at investment industry conferences.