Event Calendar

January 2015

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Thursday, January 1, 2015 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Thursday, January 1, 2015 (All day)

New Year's Day

 
 
Friday, January 2, 2015 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Friday, January 2, 2015 (All day)
 
 
 
 
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9:45 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 9:45am
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 Meeting - Ringing in the New Year with Calls for Reform
Sunday Meeting - Ringing in the New Year with Calls for Reform
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader
Cheryl Gross Presides
 

As we reflect upon 2014, it seems clear that ethics took quite a beating. From climate change deniers in positions of power who promote fossil fuels and hydro-fracking over solar and wind power to racist police practices that target, and too often kill, African-American men; from income and wealth inequality to a report confirming the CIA's wanton use of torture; in myriad ways we have witnessed behavior that calls out for reform. Leader Anne Klaeysen examines today's moral landscape and suggests ethical policies that we can support.

 

 
 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Volunteer Action Meeting
Volunteer Action Meeting
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

The new Ethical Action Committee is gearing up to set its processes and activities and needs your help.  Please attend this meeting to give co-chairs Andra Miller and Daniel Julin your ideas, suggestions and volunteer experiences.  It’s your ethical duty!  

 
 
2:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Assembly- Canceled
Sunday Assembly- Canceled
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 2:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

No Sunday Assembly this month, See you in February!

 

 
 
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Leaders' Office, Room 502
Ethics for Teens - Coming of Age
Ethics for Teens - Coming of Age
Sunday, January 4, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Leaders' Office, Room 502
 Audrey Kindred Presides
 

 

 
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Join Ken Gans for stimulating discussions on: "3.6 Degrees of Uncertainty," Justin Gillis 12/16/14; "How ISIS Drives Muslims from Islam," Thomas Friedman, and "Russia's Ideology: There Is No Truth, Peter  Pomerantsev, The New York Times, 12/12/14. 

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Books Discussion Group
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Larry Schiff  
 
This month we will be reading: Rothschild's Fiddle by Anton Chekhov. 
 

Find out how and why Rothschild came to have been given the fiddle by the most unlikely person in the village, and discuss the obvious as well as the underlying themes of this moving tale by the man whom many call the father, and most refer to as the master of the modern short story.

To participate, all you need do is read the monthly selection (ideally twice) and, as you read, jot down some questions that you'd like to bring to the table. 

To learn about the Great Books Foundation and the discussion process, visit our website, http://www.meetup.com/Manhattan-Great-Books-Discussion-Group/ In the first paragraph of the box entitled, "What is our Great Books Reading Discussion Group and how do we work?" click on Great Books (it's in red type). That's the link to the website page where you can order the Great Books Reading and Discussion First Series and Reader Aid (it's $28.95). In the information bar on the left side of our meet-up page, you can click on Our Calendar to see the monthly readings scheduled for the year. 

When you come, you will in essence be joining the thousands of readers who participate in the Great Books discussions across the nation, following a format that was developed by Professor Mortimer Adler and Chancellor Robert Maynard Hutchins at the University of Chicago in 1947, and which spread across the country and the decades to come, with an ever-enthusiastic following.  

Some new members shared with us what the discussions meant to them. Here are two of their comments:

“An enthusiastic, intelligent and supportive group of people - actually, people who are becoming friends - men and women able to thoughtfully talk about the chosen texts. It’s gotten my grey matter stimulated in constructive ways, and has brought me to literature that I had either read a long time ago, or had missed along the way. Thanks, everyone!”

As a relatively new member myself, I've really appreciated the group's open and welcoming spirit and the members' passion for close reading of great books. I'd recommend the group to anyone who enjoys doing serious reading with folks who don't take themselves too seriously."

 

 
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Unequal Treatment of 2 Protesters in Eric Garner Case, One White and One Black” by Jim Dwyer, The NY Times, 12/9/14; “The Science of Why Cops Shoot Young Black Men” by Chris Mooney, Mother Jones, 12/1/14; “Across America, whites are biased and they don’t even know it” by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, 12/8/13; and Implicit Association Test, implicit.harvard.edu, 2011.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation.  Folders with relevant articles will be available from Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk in the Admin. office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch
 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Appreciative Inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

We often focus on what is wrong or broken and try to fix it. The traditional approach to change is to look for the problem, diagnosis it, and find a solution. Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. It involves a process of discovery about what enlivens us when we are most effective, capable and engaged.

Dr. Klaeysen will offer an 8-session course on second and fourth Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings, starting on January 8 and 12. 

Registration is required and a commitment to all sessions requested. For information and registration, call Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212-874-5210, ext. 117. The course will be offered at no charge for members and a $160 requested donation from nonmembers.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater
Ethics and the Theater
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
(6:30pm reception - light refreshments)
 

Ethics and the Theater will present a play reading of Third by Wendy Wasserstein, who was a graduate of our Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Laurie Jamison is professor at a small New England college that she has helped transform from a bastion of white male privilege into an institution of socially and politically liberal ideals. Her courses are oversubscribed, her marriage happy, her daughters academically gifted. Then Woodson Bull III enters the picture. Third, as he prefers to be called, is a Groton grad and jock who challenges Laurie’s preconceptions in ways that disrupt her professional and, ultimately, her personal life.  

Pat Debrovner and Betsy Ungar direct, Cast includes Jerry Chamlin, Susanna Frazer, Luke Hofmaier, Natalie Kropf and Betsy Ungar. 

Come at 6:30 for a reception and after the reading participate in a discussion of the ethical issues of the play led by Betsy Ungar

 
 
 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Colloquy
Colloquy
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 9:45am
Room 508
Topic: "Manners"
Bob Berger Presides
 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Torture Is Bad For America
Sunday Meeting - Torture Is Bad For America
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader
Andra Miller Presides
 

It feels too gruesome to talk about, but perhaps that is why we should.

Though the basic outlines of the abuse of detainees throughout the early stages of "The War and Terrorism" have long been known, the exhaustive and recently published report of the Senate Intelligence Committee elaborates patterns of brutalization far more extensive and violative than assumed. Moreover, the CIA's withholding of the torture program from superiors has transformed this sorrow episode of American history into a rogue operation. It does not speak well for our democracy.

Torture is the most horrid abuse of human dignity imaginable, the central value on which Ethical Culture is based. In my address I will look at the historical picture, why there is no excuse ever to torture a human being, and how torture is not only immoral and futile as a means of gathering intelligence, but how it renders us less safe from those who plot to do us harm.
 

 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Ethics in the News
Ethics in the News
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Abe Markman Presides
 
Ethics in the News is sponsoring an informal contest to select the five most ethical persons in public life today. Here’s your chance to weigh in with your choices. Nominations will be accepted during our 12:45 pm meeting on the second Sunday of each month, during lunch in the cafeteria. 
 
One other pressing ethical issue will be discussed at each meeting, as time permits. There will be special seating for the hard-of-hearing.
 
In order not to compete with the Academy Awards, our contest winners will be announced during the March 8, 2015, session. Everyone gets a chance to weigh in, so come and let us hear your opinion.

 

 
 
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Barbara Simpson
 
A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

 

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Appreciative Inquiry
Appreciative Inquiry
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

We often focus on what is wrong or broken and try to fix it. The traditional approach to change is to look for the problem, diagnosis it, and find a solution. Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. It involves a process of discovery about what enlivens us when we are most effective, capable and engaged.

Dr. Klaeysen will offer an 8-session course on second and fourth Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings, starting on January 8 and 12. 

Registration is required and a commitment to all sessions requested. For information and registration, call Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212-874-5210, ext. 117.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514
 
Meet Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Ethical Culture Leader and NYSEC members.

Find out who we are and what we do. Ask us about Ethical Culture - our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership.  Please email Margaret Determann at mdetermann@nysec.org, or call 212-874-5210 x113 in advance to attend.   

 

 
 
6:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Empowering Ethical Elders (EEE)
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 6:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

 

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics and War
Ethics and War
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator Dr. Terry Perlin
Starting Tuesday, January 13 for six sessions, second Tuesdays. 
 

This course will investigate several of the complex ethical issues that arise in situations of war. Using examples from historical and contemporary war situations, monthly meetings will rely upon participant discussion rather than lectures. Among the topics for consideration:  

·      Is there such an entity as a "just war?"

·      When, if ever, is "torture" morally permitted during wartime?

·      What are the responsibilities of combatants to civilians in wartime?

·      How is conscientious objection to particular wars to be addressed by governments?

·      Under what situations, if ever, may military personnel intentionally disobey orders from their superiors?

·      How are various religious views of war, and of peace, to be understood?   

Participants will be responsible for obtaining the following texts: The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War 2013, by Andrew J. Bacevich; Crimes of War 2.0: What the Public Should Know (Revised and Expanded), by Anthony Dworkin (Editor), Roy Gutman (Editor), and David Rieff.

Registration is required - Space is limited. To register email Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at ygarcia@nysec.org, or phone her at 212-874-5210, ext. 117.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
PROP City-wide Meeting
PROP City-wide Meeting
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
All people & groups interested in planning & participating in continuing actions to press for REAL change in the NYPD are welcome to attend.
 

Current events including that thousands of people in NYC & across the country have taken to the streets to protest abusive & racist policing have brought us to the point where the bulls-eye target is being painted on the back of ‘broken windows' policing. It’s up to us & the collective police reform movement to maintain & heighten the energy now on display & to keep the spotlight & pressure on political leaders like de Blasio so that they will make the sweeping changes needed in law enforcement policy & practice. ​

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Torture in a Dick Cheney Minute” by Amy Davidson, The New Yorker, 12/14/14; “Torture and the Truth” by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 12/22/14; “Antonin Scalia’s Case for Torture” by Matt Ford, The Atlantic, December 2014; and “My Captivity” by Theo Padnos, The NY Times, 10/29/14.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk in the Admin. office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Ethics in Film - Dead Man Walking (1995)
Ethics in Film - Dead Man Walking (1995)
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall (doors open 6:30 pm)
Moderator: Chris Everett 

Directed by Tim Robbins

A caring nun receives a desperate letter from a death row inmate trying to find help to avoid execution for murder. Over the course of the time to the convict's death, the nun begins to show empathy, not only with the pathetic man, but also with the victims and their families..

 

 

 

 
 
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9:45 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading
Poetry Reading
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 9:45am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides
 
Come celebrate the New Year with poems you are longing to share.
 
 
 
9:45 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 9:45am
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 Meeting - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Day
Sunday Meeting - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Day
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides
 
At this year's annual celebration of Dr. King's life and legacy, Leader Anne Klaeysen will interview a young African-American woman who is following in his footsteps and forging a career in human rights activism. Kira Shepherd is Director of Campaigns and Organizing at The Black Institute (TBI) whose mission is to shape intellectual discourse and dialogue and impact public policy uniquely from a Black perspective (a perspective which includes all people of color in the United States and throughout the Diaspora). Before joining TBI founder Bertha Lewis, Kira wore many hats in the fight for social and economic justice, serving as a grassroots organizer, communications specialist, civic advocacy curriculum writer, legal advocate and coalition partner.

 

 
 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
No Ethics for Children's program today
No Ethics for Children's program today
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Curious About Tai Chi?
Curious About Tai Chi?
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Andra Miller presides

Come and see this gentle sort of dance you’ve perhaps witnessed in a park or up on the High Line.

You’ll be encouraged to join in, even if you can’t stand. The arm movements are excellent chair exercise. And, as doing Tai Chi is the thing, your form is not an issue – there’s no real wrong Tai Chi! This form of exercise improves balance, lessens or ends body pain and clears up the mind a bit.
 
 
Monday, January 19, 2015 (All day) Society Offices Closed
Society Offices Closed
Monday, January 19, 2015 (All day)

Dr. Martin Luther King Day

 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Winter Session
The Joy of Personal Writing - Winter Session
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Led by Elaine Berman Gurney
 

 
 
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 502
Adler Reading Seminar
Adler Reading Seminar
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Room 502
Moderator Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman
 

Discuss the works of Felix Adler and other thinkers whose writings are seminal to Ethical Culture and humanist philosophy.

 

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

 
 
7:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 7:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Theater of the Oppressed NYC presents 
Fare Thee Unwell Love, The Health Careless System

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Pedestrians vs. Cars
Pedestrians vs. Cars
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“Dignity: Fast-food workers and a new form of labor activism” by William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 9/15/14.
 
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation.  Folders with relevant articles will be available from Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk in the Admin. office. Articles are available online at http://www.nysec.org/leader-lunch

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Room 508
 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Appreciative Inquiry - CANCELED
Appreciative Inquiry - CANCELED
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

We often focus on what is wrong or broken and try to fix it. The traditional approach to change is to look for the problem, diagnosis it, and find a solution. Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. It involves a process of discovery about what enlivens us when we are most effective, capable and engaged.

Dr. Klaeysen will offer an 8-session course on second and fourth Monday afternoons and Thursday evenings, starting on January 8 and 12. 

For information call Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212-874-5210, ext. 117. 

 
 
7:30 PM
Auditorium
Standup for Charlie Hebdo
Standup for Charlie Hebdo
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:30pm
Auditorium
 
Laughing Liberally presents an evening of standup comedy and conversation in support of Charlie Hebdo and freedom of comedic expression. 100% of the net proceeds will go to the families of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack.
 
 
 
Hosted by political comedian Scott Blakeman (MSNBC), the show will feature performances by John Fugelsang, the host of Tell Me Everything on Sirius XM Radio 121, Frank Conniff, TV's Frank fromMystery Science Theater 3000, Dean Obeidallah, co-director of The Muslims Are Coming and host of The Dean Obeidallah Show on Sirius XM 121, Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, Katie Halper, co-founder of Laughing Liberally and co-host of Morning Jew, Julianna Forlano, host of The Julianna Forlano Show on WBAI, John Marshall, The Chris Rock Show, Jeff Kreisler, The Final Edition, Leighann Lord, co-host of StarTalk Radio, Ken Schultz, and Jim David(Comedy Centralspecial)
 
The panel discussion following the comedy performances will feature MAD Magazine Senior Editor Joe Raiola, National Lampoon editor and star of This Is Spinal Tap Tony Hendra, and The New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff.

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
2015 Fair Share Giving Campaign
2015 Fair Share Giving Campaign
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

It’s a Community Affair! Be Part of It!

Kick-Off Party.

RSVP by January 15

 
 
 
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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 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 Meeting - How the Right Is Wrong About Science
Sunday Meeting - How the Right Is Wrong About Science
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Curt Collier, Leader
Henryka Komanska Presides
 

With the rise of conservatism in America we have been witnessing an increasing anti-science bias.  The new Republican majority in the House and Senate will result in vehemently anti-science representatives being appointed to key positions, roles that will shape the future of America for years to come.  How bad is it going to get and what can we do to stop them?  

 

 
 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514
Audrey Kindred Presides

All ages welcome. 

 
 
12:45 PM
6th Floor School Cafeteria
Brunch/Social Hour
Brunch/Social Hour
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 12:45pm
6th Floor School Cafeteria
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sustainable Living Support Circle
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 1:30pm
Ceremonial Hall
Curt Collier, Leader Presides
 

Gather to discuss the impact of lifestyle choices on our planet and ways to adapt that a make meaningful difference. We engage in serious and practical discussion about culinary choices, commuting alternatives, and how our purchases aid or hamper the natural world. Participants are asked to share openly with others in a supportive environment.

 
 
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Appreciative Inquiry - Class full
Appreciative Inquiry - Class full
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen

We often focus on what is wrong or broken and try to fix it. The traditional approach to change is to look for the problem, diagnosis it, and find a solution. Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. It involves a process of discovery about what enlivens us when we are most effective, capable and engaged.

For information call Yalitza Garcia-Krawczyk at 212-874-5210, ext. 117.

 
 
7:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Readings in Deep Ecology - Canceled due to weather
Readings in Deep Ecology - Canceled due to weather
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Moderator: Leader Curt Collier
 
Each month we’ll explore the writings of famous environmental authors. 
 
We will explore selections from famous environmental authors, including Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Wangari Maathai, Michael Pollan, Rachel Carson, Richard Louv, Edward Abbey and Jane Goodall. This is a great way to cover classic environmental literature. 
 
 
 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508
Moderator: Ken Gans
 

Philosophical discussions on "Trying to understand reactionaries," Krugman, The NY Times, 1/19/15; "Protesting Muslim extremism," Thomas Friedman, The NY Times, 1/14/15; and "Say It Like It Is, Summit on Countering Violent Extremism," The NY Times

 

 

 
 
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethical Death Cafe
Ethical Death Cafe
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Moderator: Dr. Barbara Simpson
 
A gathering in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss death, drink tea and eat delicious cake.

 

 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
“On America’s Front Lines” by Christopher Jencks, The NY Review of Books, 10/9/14, and “Why Innocent People Plead Guilty” by Jed S. Rakoff, The NY Review of Books, 11/20/15.
 
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 8:30 PM
Room 508
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
The Joy of Personal Writing - Class full
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Room 508