Event Calendar

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

All day
Before 1am
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: The Controversy Over Specialized High Schools Admissions
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: The Controversy Over Specialized High Schools Admissions
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join us for Lunch with The League of Women Voters, featuring a buffet lunch (12pm-1pm) followed by a program focusing on issues of concern to the League and to Ethical members alike, and usually includes a Q&A.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/should-testing-decide-who-is-admitted-to-ny...

New York City has nine specialized — and free — high schools, serving close to18,000 students annually. For eight of those schools, admission is based on how 8th graders score on the Specialized High School Admission Test. (For the ninth, LaGuardia, there are auditions.) Mayor De Blasio has proposed eliminating the admissions test because the number of black and Latino students at the three highest-status of those schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech — continues to be under 15%, despite the fact that black and Latino students comprise 70% of the public school populace. (In contrast, 30% of Asians in our public schools qualify for admission to the specialized high schools.) Instead, the mayor proposes that the system admit the top 7% of students at every public middle school throughout the city, a change that, it is estimated, would bring that percentage to 45%. Those who oppose this argue that it would change what is now an objective measure of merit.

For questions, please contact LWV manager Emily: ecorvi@lwvnyc.org or 212-725-3541

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Richard Koral, Leader

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

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday with moderator Ken Gans

Join for philosophical discussions focusing on today's headlines, covering a wide variety of subjects, including the fate of humanity, world affairs, humanism, and more.


Fractured E.U. Is Rudderless Amid Turmoil

We Need a Tall Wall With A Big Gate

MAGA Dream Meets Rust Belt Reality

Modi's Party is Trounced in Semifinal Voing

Study Warns of the Destruction From Illegal Mining in the Amazon

Democrats' Best Way Forward

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, December 18, 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.