Event Calendar

August 2016

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7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, August 1, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

Advance registration is required for the entire five-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
The Ethical Humanist Project
The Ethical Humanist Project
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
 
The American Humanist Association, whose tagline is “Good without a god,” defines humanism as “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.” Does this differ from Ethical Culture? Several Ethical Culture Leaders signed past humanist manifestos and have taught classes in The Humanist Institute. How do we understand our tradition as part of Humanism? Together we will take a journey through the history of humanism and find new ways to appreciate its philosophy and practice.
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans

American Politics; Climate Change; Corruption

 

NY Times:

The (G.O.P.) Party’s Over Thomas L. Friedman JULY 13, 2016
 
 
The Dark Knight David Brooks JULY 22, 2016
 
 
Donald Trump, the Siberian Candidate Paul Krugman JULY 22, 2016
 
 
Trump and the Sultan Thomas L. Friedman JULY 20, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watching Brazil’s Rich: A Full-Time Job By EDUARDO PORTERJULY 22, 2016 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM
Auditorium
LENNY BRUCE: How to Talk Dirty and Influence People
LENNY BRUCE: How to Talk Dirty and Influence People
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 7:00pm
Auditorium

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On the 50th anniversary of his death, we celebrate his life.

A Benefit for The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation

Critic Ralph Gleason said, “So many taboos have been lifted and so many comics have rushed through the doors Lenny Bruce opened. He utterly changed the world of comedy.” Lenny died August 3, 1966 at the age of 40, and 50 years later, NYSEC pays tribute to the enduring legacy of this brilliantly funny, profound and controversial performer.

The evening will feature rarely screened footage of Lenny Bruce performances, as well as the classic short film, "Thank You Masked Man". Following the screening, comedian Scott Blakeman, a NYSEC favorite who has been called "The top political comedian working in New York today", hosts a roundtable with luminaries from the worlds of entertainment and the media to discuss the life and comedy of Lenny Bruce. Panelists include Kliph Nesteroff, author of the acclaimed new book The Comedians, and Anne Klaeysen, the Leader of the NYSEC. Additional guests to be announced.

100% of the net proceeds will go to The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, which provides scholarships and support with educational tools, skills and ongoing encouragement designed to fulfill a path of recovery and sobriety for men and women who suffer from alcohol and drug abuse issues.

This program is co-sponsored by the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY.
 
The National Comedy Center honors the craft of comedy and its legendary contributors with its interactive exhibit experience, celebrates the best of contemporary comedy with its programming, and cultivates the comedic arts with professional development and support for artists.The organization is the expansion of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, and fulfills its mission to enrich the world through the healing power of laughter with its commitment to the celebration of the comedic arts. The National Comedy Center produces the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival each August. Headlining this year’s festival is Comedy Central’s The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Lewis Black, and Brian Regan. For schedule and ticket information please visit http://www.lucycomedyfest.com/
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 4, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
"'Buddy Check on 22!' Veterans Use Social Media to Fight Suicide" by Christine Hauser, The NY Times, 4/21/16, and "U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High" by Sabrina Tavernise, The NY Times, 4/22/16
 
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Keep Your Feet Healthy and Yourself Happier
 
 
Sarah Goldberg ABC Cert. Pedorthist Enselow Foot Comfort Ctr.
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film - Breaking Away (1979)
Ethics in Film - Breaking Away (1979)
Friday, August 5, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Chris Everett
 
Directed by Peter Yates
 
Dave (Dennis Christopher) is a recent high school graduate in Indiana who is caught with his friends between high school and the rest of their lives. They are snobbishly looked down on by the college students as "cutters," whose families worked the quarries that built the university. Dave wants to be a champion cyclist so he convinces his friends to enter the university's "Little 500" bicycle race. This light-hearted and heartwarming film was a surprising success, winning several awards including an Oscar for "Best Screenplay."
 

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- Changing the World Using Social Media
Sunday Meeting- Changing the World Using Social Media
Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Emily Newman
Danny Hanson presides
 
Social media is changing the way we communicate, the way we are perceived, and the way we understand life. Although social media has been used for bad, we can and should use it for good. From educating millions in seconds to generating support globally with a few clicks. Let’s spread a message of respect, caring, and action to all and truly make a more humane world (both real and virtual).
 
Emily Newman is the Communications Coordinator of the American Ethical Union, a member of the Future of Ethical Societies (FES), and co-chair of the NY Ethical Communications Committee. She has been on Facebook since 2004.
 
 
5:30 PM
Auditorium
Film Screening: If Only I Were That Warrior (2015)
Film Screening: If Only I Were That Warrior (2015)
Monday, August 8, 2016 - 5:30pm
Auditorium

If Only I Were That Warrior is a feature documentary film focusing on the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935, featuring the activism of our SSB and NYSEC member, Nicola DeMarco. Following the recent construction of a monument dedicated to Fascist general Rodolfo Graziani, the film addresses the unpunished war crimes he and others committed in the name of Mussolini's imperial ambitions. The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia - a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people.

A survivor of that genocide, Dr. Girma Abebe, will speak at 5:30 pm. The film will be Shown at 7:15 followed by a Q&A with the  award-winning director & producer.
 
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

Advance registration is required for the entire five-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
The Ethical Humanist Project
The Ethical Humanist Project
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
 
The American Humanist Association, whose tagline is “Good without a god,” defines humanism as “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.” Does this differ from Ethical Culture? Several Ethical Culture Leaders signed past humanist manifestoes and have taught classes in The Humanist Institute. How do we understand our tradition as part of Humanism? Together we will take a journey through the history of humanism and find new ways to appreciate its philosophy and practice.
 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group- The Red and the Black
Great Books Discussion Group- The Red and the Black
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Larry Schiff, Tamara Bedic and Carol Kennedy, co-organizers and event hosts
 
"The Red and the Black"  by Stendhal
 
Read the selections in advance, and be prepared to discuss the questions that interest you by referring and reading to us the specific related text.
 
Because this is the format for the discussion, it is important that we all have the same text. To purchase the Great Books Reading and Discussion Second Series and Reader Aid we’ll be using through June, 2016, visit this website: http://store.greatbooks.org/book-groups-colleges/great-books.html You can also visit www.meetup.com/Manhattan-Great-Books-Discussion-Group  to learn more about us.

 

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 11, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
"Tweet All About It" by Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, May 2016
 
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
United For Action (UA)
United For Action (UA)
Thursday, August 11, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
UA is a group of volunteers who shape public policy decisions by organizing and mobilizing fellow citizens who oppose continued reliance on fossil fuels to power our lives, including coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy. They advocate instead for the implementation of renewable energy, as well as conservation and energy efficiency. 
 
UA works to raise public awareness of the unacceptable risks posed by extreme fossil fuel extraction such as fracking for natural gas and oil, and by the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.
 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- Envisioning the Future of Ethical Culture
Sunday Meeting- Envisioning the Future of Ethical Culture
Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
Hazel May presides
 
Twenty years ago, the American Ethical Union ran a campaign called “10,000 by 2000.” We have fallen short of that membership goal, although our influence has grown. How do we imagine our future? What are our goals and how can we realize them? The world needs a more ethical culture. Let’s recommit ourselves and make it happen.

 

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, August 14, 2016 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial. 

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

Advance registration is required for the entire five-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
The Ethical Humanist Project
The Ethical Humanist Project
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
 
The American Humanist Association, whose tagline is “Good without a god,” defines humanism as “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.” Does this differ from Ethical Culture? Several Ethical Culture Leaders signed past humanist manifestoes and have taught classes in The Humanist Institute. How do we understand our tradition as part of Humanism? Together we will take a journey through the history of humanism and find new ways to appreciate its philosophy and practice.
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

1. Religion in America

2. Climate Change Events

3. American Politics

 

 
 
 
 
Many Countries Will Need Help Adapting to Climate Change By THE EDITORIAL BOARD AUG. 8, 2016 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 18, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
"A Science Without Time" by Gene Tracy, Aeon, 4/25/16
 
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
6:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 6:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Digital Photography For Seniors
 
 
Mark Zilberman, LCSW
 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We urge you to register by calling 212-721-4407 and simply leave a message with your name and phone #.  

 

 

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- “A Good Life”
Sunday Meeting- “A Good Life”
Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Richard Koral, Leader-in-Training
Dan Hanson presides
 
Some people live a life that is enviable.  Some live a live that is admirable.  What is the model for a good life?
 
Dr. Richard Koral is a Leader-in-Training at Ethical NYC. A long-time member of the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, Richard has been active on its board and served as its president in the late’90’s and early 2000’s. He has also been active in the American Ethical Union, serving on its board, and as its president from 2012 to 2015.

 

 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

Advance registration is required for the entire five-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
The Ethical Humanist Project
The Ethical Humanist Project
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
 
The American Humanist Association, whose tagline is “Good without a god,” defines humanism as “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.” Does this differ from Ethical Culture? Several Ethical Culture Leaders signed past humanist manifestoes and have taught classes in The Humanist Institute. How do we understand our tradition as part of Humanism? Together we will take a journey through the history of humanism and find new ways to appreciate its philosophy and practice.
 
 
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Ceremonial Hall

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Barbara Simpson Bereavement Program Community Outreach Coordinator at Caring Hospice Services

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

Gather in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake. The objective is to increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Topics include heath care proxy, ethical wills, and green burial. 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library
350NYC Monthly Meeting
350NYC Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, August 25, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
"How to Plug in Your Brain" by David Noonan, Smithsonian, May 2016
 
 
 

Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 
 
 
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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Bagels and Coffee
Bagels and Coffee
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

 

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

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting- Ethics and the Theater
Sunday Meeting- Ethics and the Theater
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dick Van Deusen presides
 
 
Hearts and Minds a new play by Adam Kraar
 
In Hearts and Minds, an idealistic speech teacher strives to touch the conscience of a relentlessly practical student from Russia by getting him to empathize with other students. Both end up educating each other about what they are willing to sacrifice for their values.
 
 
12:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical Action Committee Open Meeting
Ethical Action Committee Open Meeting
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 12:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Both members and non-members are welcome at the NYSEC EAC Open Meeting.  Today we’ll discuss the Ethical Humanist Award that we will bestow on Planned Parenthood.  Also we’ll get updated on coming sessions of Speaking of Science, discuss action ideas, and make plans.

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Speaking of Science - Checking Out the Hypothesis Rules
Speaking of Science - Checking Out the Hypothesis Rules
Monday, August 29, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study - Room 514

Stuart Kurtz returns . . .

Scientific hypotheses must be formulated in such a way that if need be, they can be disproved through further investigation. But when further testing is not possible, a hypothesis can be buttressed by Bayesian reasoning. This session will appeal to science fans by explaining the Bayesian process – and how we can then think about time and “time travel,” which the laws of physics do not actually forbid. We’ll discuss solutions to general relativity that show the possibilities – and then explore the problems of logical consistency.

Dr. Kurtz spoke to us on Physics, Metaphysics and Time in May.  He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an SB in Chemical Engineering and from Princeton with an MS degree in Polymer Engineering and an MA and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.  He taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and in Brazil as professor titular in Materials Engineering.  This was followed by a research career in industry accumulating around 30 patents and publishing several papers. He now focuses on Philosophy of Science and Physics.

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Joy of Personal Writing
The Joy of Personal Writing
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
 
NONFICTION WRITING WORKSHOP Led by Elaine Berman Gurney

To register contact Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212.874.5210, x117 or email her at ygarcia@nysec.org.

Advance registration is required for the entire five-week term.

Get started writing, find your writing impulse and work on basic and more complex writing skills. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others with more experience. All are welcome!