Event Calendar

November 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
 
 
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 1, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
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.
 
Readings:

“How to Talk to Young People About the Kavanaugh Story” by Anya Kamenetz, National Public Radio, 9/21/18 (https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/npr/2018/09/21/650039170/how-to-talk-to-young-people-about-the-kavanaugh-story/);

“We Can’t Just Let Boys Be Boys” by Peggy Orenstein, The NY Times, 9/29/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/sex-education-ethics-assault-boys.html); 

“Male Trouble” by Arlie Russell Hochschild, The NY Review of Books, 10/11/18 (https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/10/11/male-trouble/

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders: Vision Loss and Diabetes
Empowering Ethical Elders: Vision Loss and Diabetes
Thursday, November 1, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Janet Weinstein, Director of Outreach, Lighthouse Guild NYC

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 718-247-9900 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Bend it Like Beckham
Ethics in Film: Bend it Like Beckham
Friday, November 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.
 
This month's film: Bend it Like Beckham

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
8:15 AM
Bull's Hill, Cold Spring, NY
Fall Hike 2018
Fall Hike 2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:15am
Bull's Hill, Cold Spring, NY

Bull's Hill in historic Cold Spring, NY.

This 4.5-hour hike will take us to a summit over the Hudson River. You will be rewarded with stunning views of the river and, on a clear day, Manhattan. We will take a scenic train ride to the town of Cold Spring. The town, set on the east bank of Hudson, has many antique stores, nice coffee shops, several restaurants, and a lovely small park. This town is worth a day's visit even if you do not hike!

The ride on Metro North Hudson line takes an hour and twenty minutes and offers spectacular views of the river. We will meet at the information booth at Grand Central at 8:30 am. If you arrive after that time, find us on the train that leaves at 8:45am (Hudson Line). The round trip ticket is $29 ($19 for seniors). Please buy your own tickets. Bring a water bottle, light lunch and/or snack for the trail, and a few dollars for a coffee stop at a local cafe. Wear hiking or sturdy walking shoes (there are some steep parts on decent), and dress in layers for the hike. Rain cancels.

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Social Hall
The Academi of Life: Youth Well-Being Summit
The Academi of Life: Youth Well-Being Summit
Saturday, November 3, 2018 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Social Hall

A transformative, groundbreaking Youth Well-Being Summit that will gather teens, young adults, parents, educators, the curious, and anyone interested in helping our young people thrive and flourish. We will share well-being tools, practices and ideas that can be applied to their lives, to make them happier, more meaningful and fulfilling.

The summit features 10+ speakers -- some of the worlds leading thinkers, educators, physicians and researchers from Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Riverdale School, and The Jed Foundation.

For more information and to register, visit: http://theacademioflife.com/wellbeing/

Teens 19 & under FREE; Public $89; Educators $49

WHY ATTEND?

The way our teens and young adults are living isn’t working. Are they on the brink of a mental health crisis? Anxiety is on the rise, teen suicide is on the rise and depression is on the rise. In this volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous world, increasing numbers of our young people are feeling isolated, exhausted, overwhelmed and disengaged.

We need new mindsets, new tools, new ideas, and new skills for coping and living in this era.

 
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, November 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
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: Children's Philosophy Club
Ethics for Children: Children's Philosophy Club
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic: “It’s Daylight Savings Time — but what is TIME anyway?”

***

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 Platform - Anne de Mare: Documenting Democracy
Sunday Platform - Anne de Mare: Documenting Democracy
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

In the fall of 2016, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Anne de Mare took a camera crew to North Carolina to follow a group of friends volunteering to do voter protection work at the polls. The experience changed her life – as both a filmmaker and as a citizen. She talks about what she learned about modern voter suppression, the fragility of democracy, and the power of citizen action.

Join us for a screening of Anne's latest documentary, Capturing the Flag, at 1:30pm. Q&A with Anne follows!

Anne de Mare (Director, Capturing The Flag) is an Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker whose feature film exploring the realities of youth homelessness, The Homestretch (Independent Lens), received the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting - Long Form. Anne is a fierce believer in the power of story to affect change and worked on that film’s extensive impact campaign for over two years, personally speaking at 58 events in 23 cities and engaging everyone from senior Federal policy officials to local housing authorities to at-risk youth and high school audiences. More recently, Anne was Co-Producer on the PBS documentary Deej (America ReFramed), winner of the prestigious 2017 Peabody Award. She has been a Sundance Institute Fellow, part of the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase program, and an Associate Artist with Chicago’s legendary Kartemquin Films. Her work has been supported by MacArthur Foundation, Sundance Institute, Carnegie Corporation of New York, ITVS, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and POV/American Documentary Inc. (among others). Anne’s first feature, Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, explored the relationship between asparagus farmers in rural western Michigan and the changing global economy. That film was winner of the 2006 W.K. Kellogg Good Food Film Award as well as Audience Choice and Best Documentary awards at festivals across the country. In 2010 and 2011, she worked closely with the late, great historian Michael Nash and NYU Bobst Libraries to create an extensive filmed archive of women who worked in munitions factories during WWII, accessible online as The Real Rosie The Riveter Project. Together with her long-time film partner Kirsten Kelly, Anne is currently in development for a feature documentary exploring the cycle of male violence against women, and, together with producer Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Anne and Kirsten are in production for The Girl With the Rivet Gun, a dynamic animated documentary project based on personal histories of real-life Rosie the Riveters.

Presider: Dan Hanson

Shared Charity: 

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Film & Discussion: Capturing the Flag w/ Director Anne de Mare
Film & Discussion: Capturing the Flag w/ Director Anne de Mare
Sunday, November 4, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

A tight-knit group of friends travel to Cumberland County, North Carolina county - named 2016 “posterchild” for voter suppression - intent on proving that the big idea of American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens. What they find at the polls serves as both a warning and a call to action for anyone interested in protecting the “One Person, One Vote” fundamental of our democracy.

Capturing The Flag begins in the fall of 2016 as three old friends - Laverne, Steve and Claire – travel from New York to North Carolina to do voter protection work at the polls. Laverne and Steve have been volunteering their time and resources in this way since 2008, but this is Claire’s first election as a U.S. Citizen after immigrating from South Africa 18 years ago. In North Carolina, they are joined by a fourth friend, Trista, who is inspired by their actions at the last moment. We spend the days before Election Day in Cumberland County, fully embedded with our team as they work to protect voters in the first presidential election since the 2013 dismantling of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Through their eyes and efforts -- and the hundreds of voters they try to assist -- the human dimension of democracy comes into focus. Their intimate journeys as citizens of conscience uncover stories about the strength and fragility of American democracy that are rarely heard.

Dealing with themes that are constantly sensationalized and manipulated in the media -- Left vs. Right, North vs. South, Black vs. White -- Capturing The Flag offers instead deeply personal, often surprising perspectives on the 2016 Presidential Election and its aftermath. We follow our volunteers through an anxious poll-closing, then accompany them through the harrowing returns. Deflated, they return home. And regroup. They search for new alliances and pathways to battle voter suppression, finding inspiration in the growing movement of non-partisan pro-democracy organizations in both New York and North Carolina.

Joining us will be Director Anne De Mare. Anne is an Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker whose feature film exploring the realities of youth homelessness, The Homestretch (Independent Lens), received the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting - Long Form. Anne is a fierce believer in the power of story to affect change and worked on that film’s extensive impact campaign for over two years, personally speaking at 58 events in 23 cities and engaging everyone from senior Federal policy officials to local housing authorities to at-risk youth and high school audiences. Most recently, Anne was Co-Producer on the PBS documentary Deej (America ReFramed), winner of the prestigious 2017 Peabody Award. She has been a Sundance Institute Fellow, part of the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase program, and an Associate Artist with Chicago’s legendary Kartemquin Films. Her work has been supported by MacArthur Foundation, Sundance Institute, Carnegie Corporation of New York, ITVS, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and POV/American Documentary Inc. (among others). Anne’s first feature, Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, explored the relationship between asparagus farmers in rural western Michigan and the changing global economy. That film was winner of the 2006 W.K. Kellogg Good Food Film Award as well as Audience Choice and Best Documentary awards at festivals across the country. In 2010 and 2011, she worked closely with the late, great historian Michael Nash and NYU Bobst Libraries to create an extensive filmed archive of women who worked in munitions factories during WWII, accessible online as The Real Rosie The Riveter Project. Together with her long-time film partner Kirsten Kelly, Anne is currently in development for a feature documentary exploring the cycle of male violence against women, and, together with producer Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Anne and Kirsten are in production for The Girl With the Rivet Gun, a dynamic animated documentary project based on personal histories of real-life Rosie the Riveters.

 
 
5:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, November 5, 2018 - 5:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: The Dark Side of Generosity
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: The Dark Side of Generosity
Monday, November 5, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

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.

Topic: The Dark Side of Generosity

The holidays are supposed to be about reconnecting with family, generosity, and gratefulness. For others, it’s supposed to be about the rededication of, and to, a sacred temple. But it’s often not. Instead, all too often it’s a dreaded chore, filled with stressful shopping, hidden disappointment, feigned joy, or loneliness. Zombie-like feeding of the consumerist monster is the standard objection to holiday gift-giving. Yet there’s another, darker side to generosity: when it’s used as means of exercising power over another. We are expected to be appreciative of gifts, regardless of whether they’re wanted or thoughtful. In celebration of the upcoming holiday period, we’ll discuss the good, the bad and the ugly sides of generosity.

Suggested readings: https://iainews.iai.tv/articles/to-gift-or-not-to-gift-a-philosophers-ch... and https://work.qz.com/1159208/the-philosophical-case-against-secret-santa/

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

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, November 6, 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.

Readings:

Oceans Warming Much Faster Than Thought, Study Finds

Why I'm Giving $1 Billion for the Planet

A New Cold War is Waged

The Internet Will Be the Death of Us

Under Angela Merkel, Germany Has Prospered

As Winter Approaches, India's Seasonal Smog Chokes the Nation

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group: Mrs Dalloway
Great Literature Discussion Group: Mrs Dalloway
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

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, November 8, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
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.
 
Readings:

"The Thorny Bureaucracy That Stands Between Detained Children and Their Parents” by Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, 8/2/18 (https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/08/immigration-lawyer-family-reunification/566678/);

“Searching for Deported Parents in Guatemala” transcript of interview by John Burnett with Lee Gelernt, National Public Radio, 9/6/18 (https://www.npr.org/2018/09/06/645337121/aclu-launches-search-in-guatemala-for-parents-who-were-deported-without-children);

“Separated for 51 Days, a Reunited Migrant Family Starts a New Life in Oregon” by Miriam Jordan, The NY Times, 9/10/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/us/family-separation-migrants-school-oregon.html);

“Migrant Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City” by Caitlin Dickerson, The NY Times, 9/30/18 (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/30/us/migrant-children-tent-city-texas.html)

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethical Living: Existence and Meaning
Ethical Living: Existence and Meaning
Thursday, November 8, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

From the moment we awaken in the morning until we tumble into bed at night, we are faced with challenges and opportunities to behave ethically. We may have time to consider the consequences of our response to a situation or need to make an immediate choice. In either case, we rely upon our values and experience. In these sessions, we will discuss essays from acclaimed writers and apply them to our own lives, sharing our collective wisdom with one another.

Readings are selected essays from Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments edited by Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley. See Maggie Determann, room 501.

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: The Treasurer
Ethics and the Theater: The Treasurer
Friday, November 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: The Treasurer by Max Posner

Described by Playwrights Horizons, which mounted the original, 2017 production, as “darkly funny and utterly heartbreaking,” The Treasurer follows the travails of a son forced to take on the unenviable task of overseeing the finances of his self-centered, irresponsible, and increasingly incompetent mother.

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, November 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

 
 
8:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert: Lucia Micarelli
Concert: Lucia Micarelli
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
Auditorium

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Metro Presents: http://www.metropolitanpresents.com/

 
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
 
9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: How Much Do We Trust Our Intelligence Agencies?
Colloquy: How Much Do We Trust Our Intelligence Agencies?
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508

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!

Ken Gans will be leading the discussion beginning at 9:30.

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, November 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: Writefully Ours Workshop
Ethics for Children: Writefully Ours Workshop
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

“Writefully Ours” Deepali Srivastava leads Ethical writing prompts for ages 5 and up. Our younger group focuses on gratitude through art and play.

***

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 Platform - Leader Joe Chuman: The Joys of Giving
Sunday Platform - Leader Joe Chuman: The Joys of Giving
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

In honor of our annual Fair Share Giving Luncheon, Leader Joe Chuman will talk about the personal and social benefits of generosity and giving -- to Ethical and otherwise!

Presider: Barbara Carlsen

Shared Charity: 

 
 
12:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Fair Share Giving - Annual Lasagna Luncheon
Fair Share Giving - Annual Lasagna Luncheon
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 12:15pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Join us for a wonderful Lasagna Lunch after Platform.There will be no charge and plenty of desserts. We will use the time together to celebrate the rich history of the Society and recognize membership anniversaries including the life members among us. We will look forward to the many programs and activities to come and we will renew the membership pledges for the coming year. See you all then! Ethical NYC Members only.

 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics in The News
Ethics in The News
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, November 11, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Room 508

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. 

 
 
 
11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: What's Up With the 2020 Census?
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: What's Up With the 2020 Census?
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 -
11:30am to 2:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Speaker: Jeff Behler, Regional Director of the U.S. Census

Join us for a buffet lunch (12pm-1pm) followed by a program focusing on issues of concern to the League and Ethical members alike, including a Q&A.

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

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
With Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann

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/angelica_dass_the_beauty_of_human_skin_in_every_color

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

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

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

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

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, November 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.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 15, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
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.
 
Readings:
 

“Utah parents can now raise their kids ‘free-range’” (5/11/18) (https://qz.com/1275970/utahs-free-range-parenting-bill-puts-a-national-movement-in-the-spotlight/)

“The best parts of your childhood probably involved things today’s kids will never know” (6/7/18) by Annabelle Timsit, Quartz (https://qz.com/1297949/the-best-parts-of-your-childhood-involve-things-todays-kids-will-never-know/);

“Kid are so over-scheduled that doctors are being told to prescribe play” by Jenny Anderson, Quartz, 8/21/18 (https://qz.com/1363294/the-american-academy-of-pediatrics-is-telling-doctors-to-start-prescribing-play/);

“To Raise Confident, Independent Kids, Some Parents Are Trying to ‘Let Grow’” by Deena Prichep, National Public Radio, 9/3/18 (http://www.wbur.org/npr/641256596/to-raise-confident-independent-kids-some-parents-are-trying-to-let-grow);

“Have parents made their kids too fragile for the rough-and-tumble of life?” by Michael S. Roth, The Washington Post, 9/7/18 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/have-parents-made-their-kids-too-fragile-for-the-rough-and-tumble-of-life/2018/09/07/7b977440-8e92-11e8-bcd5-9d911c784c38_story.html?utm_term=.33302f978345)

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders - Capturing Memories: A Class in Memoir Writing
Empowering Ethical Elders - Capturing Memories: A Class in Memoir Writing
Thursday, November 15, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Melissa Petro, author

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 718-247-9900 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Music Café: Demetrius Daniel & the New York City Brass Brothers
Music Café: Demetrius Daniel & the New York City Brass Brothers
Friday, November 16, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Join us every 3rd Friday for The Music Café at Ethical, a place to unwind and enjoy the music, refreshments, and good company. Get up and dance if the music moves you, or just sit back and enjoy!

"Demetrius Daniel is one of the most innovative and creative young artists I know. He is a wonderfully exciting trombonist and an excellent poetry writer!" - Master Trombonist and artist Miles (Dick) Griffen, the Dick Griffin Organ Ensemble, and composer of "World Vibration Suite" symphony

If you like brass with your blues, check out trombonist Demetrius Daniel. Add New Orleans jazz, more brass, mix in a jazz trio and some very fine song and poetry, and you have Demetrius and his New York City Brass Band at Ethical Culture’s Jazz Café on Friday night November 16, 2018.

Georgia born Demetrius passion and precision comes from his college days in the Marching Southerners at Jacksonville State University. A featured trombonist on Fred Arcoleo's CD, "Seeds," Demetrius has played at Harlem’s legendary Shrine World Music Venue and the Red Room Lounge. As sideman and co-performer, he has played with Phil Harper at St Nick's Pub, Lenox Lounge, and Showman's; with the late Dennis Davis at Paris Blues; and with Patience Higgins and with James Carter at the Smoke Jazz club.

When he arrived in New York City’s Washington Heights, Demetrius joined in the budding artistic renaissance there, “Where boundaries are melting, a place to celebrate differences,” according to a 2009 New York Times article that included Demetrius.

His skill in music was matched by his love of literature, and like many of his co-artists, Demetrius taught in local public schools. He began reading poetry in 1996 at the famed Nuyorican Poet's cafe and the Knitting factory. Since that time, he has featured at Nomad's Choir, Nightingale Lounge, Bowery Poetry Club, and Viviana Grell's Stark. He has a CD entitled “Word's Speak” on cdbaby.com, and has been published in Nomad's Choir Poetry Journal, Brownstone Poets 2009 Anthology, and the online magazine, The Cartier Street Review.

Currently, Demetrius is refining his "Tromboetry," infusing trombone riffs and spirited singing with his poetry. He reads and performs regularly at "Word Up" bookstore in Washington Heights, and is an active member of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.

Whether your instrument is made of brass, vocal chords, wood and strings, or flesh and soul, bring it and share it with Steph Walker at the Open Mic, following the performance.

The Music Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks.  Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad. 

The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renowned drummer/percussionist.  He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few.  Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room.  Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter.  “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics). 

 
 
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
 
9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides

Relax with us in the middle of November. Bring some favorite poems to read.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, November 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 Platform - Interview with Sheri Berman: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
Sunday Platform - Interview with Sheri Berman: Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Leader Anne Klaeysen interviews Sheri Berman, professor of political science at Barnard College, Columbia University, on the topic of free speech versus hate speech on university campuses. Dr. Berman’s research interests include the development of democracy and dictatorship, European politics, populism and fascism, and the history of the left. Berman is the author of books on European social democracy and the fate of democracy during the interwar years and social democracy and fascism in 19th and 20th century Europe. Her latest book, Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Regime to the Present Day is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Sheri Berman is a professor of political science at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research interests include the development of democracy and dictatorship, European politics, populism and fascism, and the history of the left. She is author of books on European social democracy and the fate of democracy during the interwar years, social democracy and fascism in 19th and 20th century Europe and her latest book, Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. In addition to her scholarly work, she has published in a wide variety of non-scholarly publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, VOX, The Guardian and Dissent. In her spare time she runs, cycles and helps run an animal rescue organization in Brooklyn, New York.

Presider: Leader Anne Klaeysen

Shared Charity: Brooklyn Animal Action

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: Universal Children's Day Celebration
Ethics for Children: Universal Children's Day Celebration
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Universal Children’s Day celebration with Amy Reid! Children celebrate the UN “Rights of the Child,” giving speeches to one another about their hopes and dreams for this world we live in.

***

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, November 18, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Book Discussion - The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today
Book Discussion - The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Hosted by the Ethical Action Committee and local chapters of Amnesty International.

The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter

In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In The Slave Next Door we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of the local department store. In these pages we also meet some unexpected slaveholders, such as a 27-year old middle-class Texas housewife who is currently serving a life sentence for offences including slavery. Weaving together a wealth of voices—from slaves, slaveholders, and traffickers as well as from experts, counselors, law enforcement officers, rescue and support groups, and others—this book is also a call to action, telling what we, as private citizens, can do to finally bring an end to this horrific crime.

 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, November 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members for dessert, and 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
 
 
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Tuesday, November 20, 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, November 20, 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.

Readings:

Clean Energy is Surging, Just Not Fast Enough to Fix Global Warming

China and Trump Listen Up!

Merkel Joins Macron in Calling for Self-Reliance and a 'Real European Army'

Let the People Vote

Merkel's Out. Now What?

As Winter Approaches, India's Seasonal Smog Chokes the Nation

 
 
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, November 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.

 
 
 
Thursday, November 22, 2018 (All day) to Friday, November 23, 2018 (All day)
Thanksgiving - Building Closed
Thanksgiving - Building Closed
Thursday, November 22, 2018 (All day) to Friday, November 23, 2018 (All day)
 
 
 
 
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, November 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 Platform - Leader Richard Koral: Gratitude Day
Sunday Platform - Leader Richard Koral: Gratitude Day
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

November was officially designated National Gratitude Month in the U.S. and Canada in 2015, and November 21 Gratitude Day. Here at Ethical today we’ll talk about how Gratitude fosters generosity — in a golden cycle of paying it forward.

Presider: Joe Fashing

Shared Charity: Our Chilren's Trust, committed and working to secure the legal right to a safe climate and a healthy atmosphere for all present and future generations.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 1:30pm
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.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Stoic School of Life - Should Stoics be Vegetarians?
Stoic School of Life - Should Stoics be Vegetarians?
Monday, November 26, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Topic - Should Stoics be vegetarians?

Some of the ancient Stoics were vegetarians, but not all. Does Stoic philosophy entail vegetarianism, regardless of what individual Stoics may think or do?

Suggested reading: https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/stoics-should-be-vegetarian/

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Speaking of Science - Patricia Youngquist: Words in Our Beak
Speaking of Science - Patricia Youngquist: Words in Our Beak
Monday, November 26, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Studying the wild birds in NYC and surrounding areas has important implications for understanding the similarities of human behavior and the behaviors of members within the avian community. The topics I will cover in my presentation include how birds teach us about the human race in such matters (to name a few) as finding our voice, ways in which we compensate our behaviors to meet our needs, accepting our physical appearances, and how bullying impacts our lives.

Patricia Youngquist is the author of the three volume “Words In Our Beak” book series, published by Ingram Spark, in which stories are told from the bird’s-eye perspective of Cam, a female cardinal that regularly visited her rooftop garden located near NYSEC and is illustrated with her own photographs. Prior to publishing this series, Youngquist published an article on Google Mapping for Contribute Magazine as well as over a thousand posts on her blog (thelastleafgardener.com). It has been listed (by feed_spot) in the top one hundred urban blogs. Her earlier impressionist and kaleidoscopic photography has been exhibited in NYC which led to radio interviews with John Montone’s New York for 1010 WINS and The AL Lewis Show with Karen Lewis for WBAI. All of her work, including these radio interviews, can be found on her website, patriciayoungquist.com.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
With Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann

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/susan_david_the_gift_and_power_of_emotional_co...

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

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

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

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

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 -
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. 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 29, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
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.
 
Readings:

“America Soured on My Multiracial Family” by David French (8/26/18) (https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/08/america-soured-on-my-multiracial-family/567994/)

“How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism” by Joe Pinsker (9/4/18), The Atlantic (https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/09/white-kids-race/569185/)

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethical Living: Existence and Meaning
Ethical Living: Existence and Meaning
Thursday, November 29, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

From the moment we awaken in the morning until we tumble into bed at night, we are faced with challenges and opportunities to behave ethically. We may have time to consider the consequences of our response to a situation or need to make an immediate choice. In either case, we rely upon our values and experience. In these sessions, we will discuss essays from acclaimed writers and apply them to our own lives, sharing our collective wisdom with one another.

Readings are selected essays from Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments edited by Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley. See Maggie Determann, room 501.

 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Village Playback Theatre Presents: Listen Up!
Village Playback Theatre Presents: Listen Up!
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Listen Up! is a conversation and performance about the challenge of being a woman in a man's world. Come explore and share stories of identity, relationship, status, and inequality in familial, social, professional, and political contexts.

Audience members of all genders are invited to share their thoughts and experiences.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/listen-up-tickets-52555655380

Village Playback Theatre is an applied theatre company comitted to underserved and underrepresented individuals and communities being seen and heard. Through the use of drama, music, and movement, we invite audiences to share personal experiences which we turn into improvised performances.

http://www.villageplaybacktheatre.org