Event Calendar

February 2019

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7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: The Breakfast Club
Ethics in Film: The Breakfast Club
Friday, February 1, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Our monthly film screening series, followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.
 
John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the 80s. Five kids begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet they bond together when faced with the villainous principal (Paul Gleason), and they realize that they have more in common than they think.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 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
Young Ethical Explorers: Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club
Young Ethical Explorers: Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join us every 1st Sunday for our Freethinking Children's Philosophy Club!

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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 Klaeysen - Humanity: From Origins to Extinction
Sunday Platform - Anne Klaeysen - Humanity: From Origins to Extinction
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Ours is but one species on this planet we call Earth. Ours is also the last remaining humanoid species, among over a dozen others, Homo Sapiens having successfully outlived (and no doubt contributed to the demise of) Neanderthals, with whom we at one time co-existed. A timeline comparing these species illustrates what a short time we have been at home on this planet, and yet we have had an impact on it far beyond all other species combined. We are facing the reality of our having despoiled our home, perhaps beyond all hope of repair.

In 2007, author Alan Weisman wrote “The World Without Us,” a book that environmentalist Bill McKibben called “one of the grandest thought experiments of our time,” and philosopher Todd May recently wrote an essay for The NY Times asking “Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy?” We live in a world where some people not only deny the impact that humans have had on our environment; some also deny the humanity of other people. Perhaps in those very denials we humans demonstrate our uniqueness from other species. It is not to be envied. Indeed it is something we must overcome if we are to survive.

Presider: Henryka Komanska

Shared Charity: Our Children's Trust

 
 
12:30 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 12:30pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor

Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann, newcomer host Susan Needles, and other Society members to find out who we are and what we do while enjoying a delicious lunch! This is an opportunity to ask about the Society and our philosophy, social ethics, programs, and membership. All are welcome! Please RSVP by calling ext. 1113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Stoic School of Life: More on The Manual for A Happy Life
Stoic School of Life: More on The Manual for A Happy Life
Monday, February 4, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Let's see if we can finish our ongoing discussion of one of the crucial texts of Stoicism, Epictetus' Enchiridion, or Handbook. It is an extraordinary summary of the teachings of the Stoic sage, compiled by his famous student, Arrian of Nichomedia.

Last time we covered up to section 41, so we will resume from section 42. I will be using the Oxford Classics edition, with a translation by Robin Hard (here: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780199595181), but there are several free online versions (like this one: http://classics.mit.edu/Epictetus/epicench.html)

More info: https://www.meetup.com/Stoic-School-of-Life/ and https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In: Journalism - To Print or Not to Print? w/ Claudia Deutsch
Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In: Journalism - To Print or Not to Print? w/ Claudia Deutsch
Monday, February 4, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Former New York Times journalist Claudia Deutsch joins us to discuss the ethical dilemmas she faced during her decades-long career, and those that journalists still face today. She'll examine such issues as the use of language that erodes objectivity and the prohibition on the reporter becoming “part of the story," to more mundane questions like, “If your friend is an expert, can you interview her?” and “When you’ve been given a product to review, is it okay to keep it?”

And, of course, she'll examine the journalistic dilemmas heightened by President Trump, raising new questions about how to effectively and responsibly cover the most powerful office in the world.

EXPLORING ETHICAL DILEMMAS asks: What do you do when there’s no clear ethical road to take? Join us every first Monday of the month for this new series featuring speakers from a variety of backgrounds — medicine, law, business, science, education, the arts, social work, etc. — who will share their experiences navigating those ethical minefields. Members 

CLAUDIA DEUTSCH was a business reporter at the New York Times from 1984 until 2008. Preceding that, she had been the Environmental Editor and then Management Editor at Business Week. She earned the 1974 Jesse Neal Award for her series of articles in Purchasing Magazine that focused on how corporate America was shafting minority suppliers. In 1976, while at Business Week, she received an award for her general coverage of recycling. Claudia began as reporter for the Syracuse Post Standard while a student at Cornell University. She decided to become a business journalist because, as she saw it, the business press did the best job covering racism, sexism, and environmental degradation. Since 2008, she has been a freelance writer and media trainer.

 
 
10:30 AM
Lobby
Ethical Adventures: Walk Down Broadway
Ethical Adventures: Walk Down Broadway
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 10:30am
Lobby

Adventurers Bob and Howard continue tracing historic Broadway, this time taking the A train to 168th Street and heading south, with a stop to see Audobon Terrace, the landmark complex of eight early-20th century Beaux Arts/American Renaissance buildings in Washington Heights.

Meet at the Ethical lobby at 10:30am. Email Bob Bumcrot (rbumcrot65@gmail.com) or Howard Rose (howardrose125@gmail.com) to RSVP, or just show up on time. If bad weather cancels, the walk will be postponed to Tuesday, February 12.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 -
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.

More Schools, Fewer Tanks for the Middle East

'Medicare for All' Cuban Style

The Fleecing of Millennials

A Better Way to Tax the Rich

Dr. King and Northern Liberalism

The Economy Won't Rescue Trump

 
 
6:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:30pm
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.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group: Death Comes for the Archbishop
Great Literature Discussion Group: Death Comes for the Archbishop
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather 

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, February 7, 2019 -
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.

Readings:

“A New Moral Imagination on Immigration" by Pramila Jayapal, The NY Review of Books, 12/3/18

Is the US Border Patrol Committing Crimes Against Humanity?” by John Washington, Guernica, 5/2/18

“In the Valley of Fear” by Michael Greenberg, The NY Review of Books, 12/20/18

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: Actually by Anna Ziegler
Ethics and the Theater: Actually by Anna Ziegler
Friday, February 8, 2019 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
6:30pm reception - light refreshments. Reading begins at 7:00pm.

Ethics and the Theater will present: Actually by Anna Ziegler

A black man and a white woman, both newly minted Princeton freshmen, wind up in bed after a night of drinking. Is what happens next rape? In Anna Ziegler’s smart, disturbing, and engrossing telling, the answer is unclear, and justice uncertain.

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, February 9, 2019 -
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

 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: "Relationships"
Colloquy: "Relationships"
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 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!

Presider: Bob Berger

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 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 - Karen Washington: Is The Food System Really Broken?"
Sunday Platform - Karen Washington: Is The Food System Really Broken?"
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Some say the food system is broken and needs to be fixed. I beg to differ; believing it is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do, exploiting cheap labor and dumping cheap food in impoverished neighborhoods. How else can you explain poverty and hunger in the richest nation in the world? Let’s peel back the true meaning of food justice as people fight for a food system that is equitable and just.

Karen Washington is a farmer and activist. She is Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm in Chester New York. An activist, food advocate; in 2010, Co- Founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS) an organization supporting growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012, Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country and in 2014 was the recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award. Karen serves on the boards of the New York Botanical Gardens, Why Hunger, Just Food and Farm School NYC.

Presider: Steve Serling

This week’s shared charity is Black Urban Growers (BUGS), which is committed to building networks and community support for growers in urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, BUGS nurtures Black leadership to address these questions: “Why don’t we see more Black farmers at the farmers’ markets?” and “What is the relationship between our individual health and the health of our communities?” Their national Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference brings together Black farmers, food justice advocates, educators, chefs, and concerned members of Black communities from across the country to share best practices and build a stronger network of Black leadership in the movement for food justice and food sovereignty.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Ethical Expressions Workshop
Young Ethical Explorers: Ethical Expressions Workshop
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

Join us every 2nd Sunday for our Ethical Expressions Workshop with Deepali Srivastava of Writefully Ours!

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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, February 10, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics in The News
Ethics in The News
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Abe Markman presides

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 1:30pm
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. 

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: The Role of Black Media in the United States w/ Elinor Tatum
Lunch with The League of Women Voters: The Role of Black Media in the United States w/ Elinor Tatum
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 -
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.

Speaker: Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, New York Amsterdam News

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the New York Amsterdam News, Elinor Tatum also produces and co-hosts a weekly segment on Al Sharpton’s radio show, “Keepin’ It Real,” on which, with members of the Black Press, she discusses national issues facing the African-American community. The Amsterdam News is part of the Black Press USA network. Tatum is on the Boards of the New York Urban League, The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and the Creative Vision Foundation, and is on Manhattan’s Community Board 3.

To RSVP, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-role-of-black-media-in-the-united-state... or 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, February 12, 2019 -
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/ruby_sales_how_we_can_start_to_heal_the_pain_of_racial_division

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

https://www.ted.com/talks/stacey_abrams_3_questions_to_ask_yourself_about_everything_you_do

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 -
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.

We'll be discussing Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools By Pedro Noguera and Jean Wing (eds), a series of essays describing the experience in Berkley High School, a highly integrated school.

“Unfinished Business brings to light the hidden inequities of schools–where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and after-school activities serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or failure.”

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Classical Music Club
Classical Music Club
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Monthly, 2nd Wednesdays!

Devotees of classical music are often intrigued by the nuances of different recordings of the same piece. Attendees are invited to bring more han one CD of the same musical composition -- under the baton of different conductors, virtuosos, or orchestras. We'll listen to them (or excerpts) and discuss our opinions abou those differences.

Jack Oisher, Moderator

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 14, 2019 -
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.

Readings:

“Elizabeth Catte: Appalachia Isn’t Trump Country” by Regan Penaluna, Guernica, 3/7/18

“Dorothy Allison: Tender to the Bone” by Amy Wright, Guernica, 5/16/18

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Thursday, February 14, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

Registration required. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, January-May. Syllabus and readings available from Margaret Determann.

Roman philosopher Lucius Anneaus Seneca (1 BCE - CE 65) wrote, "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." Centuries later, in 1770, French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire (non de plume for François-Marie Arouet) quoted an Italian proverb: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." In this 10-session class, through readings, videos, and exercises, we will explore the nature and practice of goodness. Topics will include nonviolent communication, mindfulness, and forgiveness.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Jazz Cafe: Erli Perez
Jazz Cafe: Erli Perez
Friday, February 15, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Following our featured artist is the Open Mic hour. Sign up to perform, sit back and enjoy, and get up and dance if the spirit moves you!

Come celebrate post-Valentine’s Day with us at the Jazz Café at Ethical! 

"Working within standard forms, Erli Perez was freewheeling, moving between hip scatting and romantic crooning." - Phillip Lutz, Downbeat Magazine

As a former Californian, Erli Perez began his career as a jazz vocalist a few years after moving to New York City. With the likes of his mentors such as Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Marilyn Maye and Marianne Solivan, Erli has quickly created a style and a reputation all his own. His style ranges from straight-ahead Jazz/Bebop to more modern styles.

Erli is the real deal. Not only does he sing with soul, Erli's jazz chops will leave you wanting more.

Erli Perez has become a regular performer of the Jazz at The Kitano. He has performed on some of the best jazz stages in New York  from Birdland  to Dizzy's to Smalls and Mezzrow. During his career he has been produced and coached by legends Marilyn Maye, Jay Clayton as well as Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, and Carol Fredette.

The Jazz 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). 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle: Black History Month
Poetry Reading Circle: Black History Month
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 9:30am
Room 508

Cheryl Gross Presides.

February is Black History Month! Some of us will read the works of black poets. Bring what you wish and join us.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 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 - Jeff Behler: The 2020 US Census
Sunday Platform - Jeff Behler: The 2020 US Census
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Jeff Behler, New York Regional Director for the U.S. Census Bureau, joins us to discuss challenges and opportunities for the upcoming 2020 Census, including partnership opportunities to help ensure a complete count of our communities. He'll also discuss the census' importance to our democracy, and explain the changes and improvements from the previous census in 2010.

JEFF BEHLER began his Census Bureau career in the Detroit Regional Office in 1997 working as a survey statistician on various programs. In 2002, he transferred to Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland to work in the Decennial Management Division as a Project Manager on the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Census Tests. In 2005, he returned to Field Division and served as Chief of the Housing and Health Surveys Branch.

Mr. Behler transferred to the Dallas Regional Office in December of 2006 where he served as the Assistant Regional Director. In 2007, he was selected as the Deputy Regional Director and was responsible for a wide range of activities related to the 2010 Census for the Dallas Region. In October 2010, Mr. Behler was selected as the Regional Director for the Detroit Region and led the restructuring efforts, as Detroit was one of the six regional offices to close in 2012. In January 2013, Mr. Behler became the Director of the New York Regional Office.

Mr. Behler has a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Mathematics, and Actuarial Science from Central Michigan University as well as a Master’s Certificate in Leadership and Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

Mr. Behler resides in Robbinsville, NJ with his wife and two daughters.

Presider: Maggie Determann

Shared Charity

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Young Ethical Explorers: Animating Values w/ Amy Reid
Young Ethical Explorers: Animating Values w/ Amy Reid
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

With assistant leader Amy Reid!

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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, February 17, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion - I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs
Film & Discussion - I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

A film biography of Marlon Riggs, the gifted, gay, black filmmaker who produced documentary films addressing issues of identity among Afro-Americans and gays. Clips from his films show how he evolved a unique experimental documentary style, mixing poetry, criticism, the personal and the political. It also documents his long battle against AIDS until his death in 1994 and includes interviews with family, friends, and co-workers.

Presented by the Ethical Action Committee.

 
 
Monday, February 18, 2019 (All day) President's Day - Building Closed
President's Day - Building Closed
Monday, February 18, 2019 (All day)
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 -
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:

2018 Continues Warming Trend As 4th Hottest Year Since 1880

Unveiling a "Green New Deal" and Ambition on a Vast Scale

France Recalls Ambassador to Italy Revealing Strains at Europe's Core

Attack of Fanatical Centrists

It's Radical Not to Tax The Rich More

Protests Roil Serbia as a Nation is Tugged East and West

 
 
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, February 19, 2019 -
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.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 21, 2019 -
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.

Readings:

“The Personal Cost of Black Success” by Christopher J. Lebron, The Atlantic, November 2018

“Why report injustice when being justly treated is unimaginable?” by Desiree H. Melton, Aeon, 12/17/28

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Elliott Library (507)
Happy Hour for Humanity
Happy Hour for Humanity
Friday, February 22, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Elliott Library (507)

Every 4th Friday!

Many of us are young professionals working full-time jobs, some are starting and caring for families, and we're all living in what seems to be a state of survival trying to make it here in the tri-state area--but we're not alone! Although we lead busy lives, we know it's important to engage with others in our community to support, motivate, and challenge each other to be our best ethical selves.

Once a month, let's unite and make some time to meet over refreshments to discuss current ethical issues around the globe as well as ones we're facing locally. By sharing current events, short articles, videos, and personal narratives, let's break out of our daily routines to make a toast to humanity together.

 
 
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film Premiere - Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness w/ Jé Hooper
Film Premiere - Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness w/ Jé Hooper
Saturday, February 23, 2019 -
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/humanitas-a-conscious-coloring-of-kindness-...

All are invited to the premiere of Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness, a film by AEU Mossler Fellow Jé Hooper. He re-imagines the inspiring relationship between Ethical Culture founder Felix Adler and activist-scholar W.E.B. DuBois through poetry, music, and dance. Watch the trailer and learn more about the film here: https://aeu.org/humanitas

FrequencyHouse Productions with American Ethical Union will premiere "Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness" at New York Society for Ethical Culture Society.

Felix Adler (Ritchie Szoke), the founder and philosopher of the Ethical Culture Movement, and W.E.B. DuBois (Joe Tolbert), the author of "the Souls of Black Folk" and activist-scholar, are re-imagined in this histo-contemporary retrospective of July 1900.

Throughout this experimental film, we journey with Adler and DuBois through a series of poetic prose, soulful music and choreo-movements, as they stir in one another justice through a new lens of nonreligious ethics, African-based spirituality, and civil philosophy.

DuBois, after completing a variety of lectures and books is endowed by spirit-of-rightness with a new love for the intersectionality of Africaniety; where all lives can't matter until black lives matter. As a result, his passion becomes contagious to anyone who comes in contact with his affectious conscious-kindness--his heart-work becomes the coloring of white spaces.

Through an encounter with DuBois, Adler 'weighs the soul' of the young negro leader and establishes a life-changing relationship that is solidified at the first Pan-African Conference at the Westminster Hall in London.

Adler is also challenged by this consciousness, conflicted by the thoughts of other intellectuals, who reveal a hidden unethical-racist agenda for scholastic fame, and a refusal to acknowledge the true souls and spirits of black folks.

Watch the trailer:

Directed & created by Jé Hooper
Cinematographer: Orisha Photos & Cspinfilms Chris Guzman
Photographer/Imaging: Brianna N. Rohlehr
Edited by Chris Cspins Guzman, Dwayne Gayle, Storäe Michele
Music: Jadele McPherson & Lindsey Wilson
Set Director: Steven Styles Cobb
Make-up: Steven Steven 'T' Pacheco
Costume Designer: Leesa Thompson
Music producer: Kay'Vion RockBishop Sire

Featuring: Joe Tolbert, Ritchie Szoke, Sekani Radellant, Elyse Ambrose, Ryan Hill ( RJ Love), Brotherhood Dance -- Orlando Hunter & Ricarrdo Valentine, Jadele McPherson ( Lukumi Arts), Charly Dominguez, E-Raq Diehl Tanika Williams, Kamran Prescott, Law Law'nence Miller, Bill Lewis, Robert Carito (RBear Carito), James C. Thompson, MehkiEl, and members of AEU

Creative Academic Advisors: Andrea Frohne and Brian Evans

 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 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 - Ginan Rauf: Towards Creating a Humanistic Alternative in Muslim Communities
Sunday Platform - Ginan Rauf: Towards Creating a Humanistic Alternative in Muslim Communities
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Does the loss of faith in a supernatural God or the divine origin of the Qur’an invariably lead to a radical break with the diverse cultural traditions of the Muslim world? How can one adopt a humanist stance without internalizing negative stereotypes about a community that has historically been demonized and largely viewed through an orientalist lens? What are the diverse cultural resources available to humanists emerging from Muslim communities as they attempt to create alternatives to faith-based communities and to diversify the larger humanist movement in North America?

Ginan Rauf draws on Anthony Pinn’s notion that cultural difference is a promise rather than a problem as she addresses these questions. Poetry, philosophy, popular culture and the literary arts have always flourished in the Muslim world, allowing people to practice humanism with a small “h.” Serious engagement with this history is crucial for creating humanistic communities and expanding spaces for freedom of expression.

Ginan Rauf is an activist, educator, photographer, oral historian and mother. A secular humanist and feminist, she is committed to promoting critical thinking and a nuanced knowledge of human cultures. She is a founding member of the humanist organization An-Nas: Humanists Rising from Muslim Communities, and co-founder, with her son Sherif Ahmed, of Narrative Lives, which produces oral histories using various mediums including photo essays, videos and audio recordings. Rauf’s PhD from Harvard is in comparative literature, and her MA degree from Brandeis is in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Rauf has taught at Brandeis, Rutgers, University of Connecticut and University of Bridgeport, among others.

This week’s shared charity is the International Rescue Committee (IRC), whose mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives.

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 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.

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Dreamcatcher Poetry & Women of The Ramapough-Lenape Nation Film Screening w/ Oleana & Lisa Levart
Dreamcatcher Poetry & Women of The Ramapough-Lenape Nation Film Screening w/ Oleana & Lisa Levart
Sunday, February 24, 2019 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

The Poetry reading by Oleana Whispering Dove; Eastern Tsalagi descendant, is a dance of verse and rhyme among Poets with distinction that will challenge, entertain and stimulate minds, and hearts with an innate indigenous spirit that lingers. A rare collection of poems that opens windows of passion and pursuit, caresses and unlocks the heart. This Spoken Word selection from her published book of Love Poems; "Reflections of a Whispering Dove Entangled in a Simmons Serenade", as well as newly written material, aims to broaden the myopic view of contemporary Native Americans imagining a new reverence for life beyond the reservation.

A documentary screening of :"The Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation” - a behind the scenes exploration of the the most recent photographic series by artist Lisa Levart, Directed by Myles Aronowitz. Lisa will discuss her photography series and it’s community participation as a collaborative art project. Lisa's creative collaboration between the artist and women from the Ramapough Lenape Nation, uncovers and rebirths long forgotten Lenape myths. Through a creative lens, the Lenape women’s project brings visibility to the Native American community from the metropolitan New York/New Jersey area that remains marginalized decades after being denied federal recognition. By sharing these contemporary re-interpretations of Native American mythology, the viewers can gain a deeper mindfulness of our collective heritage, as well as an appreciation for the original indigenous peoples of the metropolitan New York area. The exhibit and documentary was sanctioned by the current Ramapough- Lenape Chief, and the Women of Ramapough -Lenape are committed to the integrity of their sacred myths depicted in the images.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Social Hall
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Is Consciousness a Basic Property of the Universe?
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: Is Consciousness a Basic Property of the Universe?
Monday, February 25, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Social Hall

Have you ever heard of panpsychism? It’s the ancient notion, going back all the way to the pre-Socratic Heraclitus, that the universe itself is permeated by intelligence. Some contemporary philosophers have revived the idea in order to solve what they call the “hard problem” of consciousness, i.e., how is it possible that matter gives rise to first-person experiences? The reasoning is that if consciousness is elemental, then, of course, beings with a lot of atoms in their bodies will be highly conscious. Is this good metaphysics or pseudo-philosophy? Do we have any empirical way to find out? Does modern physics have anything to tell us about it?

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.

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

Meeting dates subject to change.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Speaking of Science - The Astonishing Truth about Exercise and the Brain w/ Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki
Speaking of Science - The Astonishing Truth about Exercise and the Brain w/ Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki
Monday, February 25, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Speaker: Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki, NYU Center for Neural Science

Dr. Suzuki will describe the neuroscience behind why physical activity is the most transformative lifestyle change that you can make for your brain today. Dr. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. Her major research interest is brain plasticity. She is best known for her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. More recently her work has focused on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans.

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 -
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_courage/discussion

https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts?referrer=playlist-the_most_popular_talks_of_all

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

 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
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. 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Auditorium
Physicians for Reproductive Health: Real Life Stories Behind "A Spark of Light" w/ Author Jodi Picoult & Dr. Willie Parker
Physicians for Reproductive Health: Real Life Stories Behind "A Spark of Light" w/ Author Jodi Picoult & Dr. Willie Parker
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Auditorium

Real Life Stories Behind A Spark of Light: A Conversation with #1 bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult and reproductive rights advocate and provider Dr. Willie Parker

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/real-life-stories-behind-a-spark-of-light-t...

Join Physicians for Reproductive Health and the New York Society for Ethical Culture for an unforgettable and timely discussion between #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and Physicians’ Board Chair, reproductive health advocate and author Dr. Willie Parker.

In her recent acclaimed novel A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult turns her keen storytelling eye fearlessly to the issue of abortion rights and the people arrayed on all sides who are wrestling toward mutual understanding in a story that centers on a Mississippi abortion clinic under crisis. The novel features a character based on Dr. Parker and his real-life experiences as one of the few providers of abortion care in the Deep South today. Ms. Picoult’s novel coincides with the paperback release of Dr. Parker’s groundbreaking memoir, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, which explores how his Christian faith compelled him to become a provider.

Additional event support provided by Penguin Random House and Fletcher & Company, and books from Book Culture.

Event Schedule:

6:00 - 7:00 PM* The reception will include a meet and greet with Jodi Picoult, Dr. Parker, and other special guests. (*Reception available only for $150+ ticket holders)

7:00 - 8:00 PM The main program will include a conversation between Jodi Picoult and Dr. Willie Parker. (All ticket holders)

Books: Depending on ticket level, books are available as part of your ticket. If you would like to opt out of the book/s provided at your ticket level, please indicate that option on the following check out page.

Additional copies of both books will be available for purchase at the event.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library (507)
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library (507)
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, February 28, 2019 -
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.

Readings:

“Would Human Extinction be a Tragedy?” by Todd May, The NY Times, 12/17/18

“Varied Views (Dark, Light, in Between) of Earth’s Anthropocene Age” by Andrew C. Revkin, The NY Times, 7/15/15

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Challenges of Being a Good Human
Thursday, February 28, 2019 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

Registration required. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, January-May. Syllabus and readings available from Margaret Determann.

Roman philosopher Lucius Anneaus Seneca (1 BCE - CE 65) wrote, "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." Centuries later, in 1770, French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire (non de plume for François-Marie Arouet) quoted an Italian proverb: "The perfect is the enemy of the good." In this 10-session class, through readings, videos, and exercises, we will explore the nature and practice of goodness. Topics will include nonviolent communication, mindfulness, and forgiveness.