Event Calendar

September 2018

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10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

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 - Prof. Arthur Leonard: Employee Rights in The Supreme Court, 2018 Edition
Sunday Platform - Prof. Arthur Leonard: Employee Rights in The Supreme Court, 2018 Edition
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

The Labor Day Program focuses on two recent Supreme Court decisions: (1) Epic Systems v. Lewis, which narrowed the scope of protected concerted employee action under the National Labor Relations Act, and (2) Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which held unconstitutional requiring union-represented public employees to provide financial support for the union’s representative activities.  We will also look at a question the Court may take up in the upcoming term: Whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Professor Leonard is the Robert F. Wagner Professor of Labor and Employment Law – NYU Law School, and a member of NYLS faculty since 1982.  He is founder and first president of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater NY.  Born in Brooklyn, he was educated at Cornell (Industrial and Labor Relations School) and Harvard Law.  He's Editor of LGBT Law Notes since 1980 and Contributing editor for Gay City News.

Presider: Monica Weiss

Shared Charity: 

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, September 3, 2018 (All day) Labor Day - Building Closed
Labor Day - Building Closed
Monday, September 3, 2018 (All day)
 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room 508
Wisdom and World Affairs
Wisdom and World Affairs
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Room 508

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday
with moderator Ken Gans

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

Readings:

Far-Right Protest Over Migrants Turns Violent in German City

Why it Can Happen Here

So, if Trump Shot a Man On 5th Ave...

An Oozing, Often Toxic, Symptom of Climate Change in Fast-Warming Waters

French and British Boats Clash in a 'Scallop War'

The Water's Not Fine, and You Can't Go In Anyway

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Great Literature Discussion Group: Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Great Literature Discussion Group: Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Gunther Tielemans, Moderator

This month: Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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, September 6, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.
 
Readings:
 
“The Defeat of Reason” by Tim Maudlin, Boston Review, 6/1/18 (http://bostonreview.net/science-nature-philosophy-religion/tim-maudlin-defeat-reason)
 
 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders: The Language of Aging, What's Normal About Aging
Empowering Ethical Elders: The Language of Aging, What's Normal About Aging
Thursday, September 6, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Cynthia Berke, MA

Light refreshments will be served. 

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

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Auditorium
Book Launch - "My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man" with Author Kevin Powell in Conversation with Tim Wise
Book Launch - "My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man" with Author Kevin Powell in Conversation with Tim Wise
Thursday, September 6, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Auditorium

RSVP: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3583945
Doors @ 6:30

A Conversation on Barack Obama 10 Years Later, Donald Trump’s Presidency, and the Future of America.

Featuring KEVIN POWELL Activist, public speaker, and author of 13 books, including his latest My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man. (Atria Books; On-Sale September 4th)

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TIM WISE Anti-racism educator and author of 7 books on race, including White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (Soft Skull Press)

As the world reflects on the 10th Anniversary of Barack Obama’s historical election, America still lives in a time of confusion because of a nation that’s divided like never before and continues to become more multicultural than ever. Join writer, public speaker, and activist Kevin Powell as he addresses urgent conversations like race, sexual violence, poverty, and identity with keenness and compassion in MY MOTHER. BARACK OBAMA. DONALD TRUMP. AND THE LAST STAND OF THE ANGRY WHITE MAN (Atria Books; Hardcover; On Sale September 4, 2018; 978-1-5011-9880-9).

Praise for My Mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the Last Stand of the Angry White Man:

“Kevin Powell’s writing never fails to be both profoundly insightful and brilliantly inciting. His words are unassuming daggers, piercing the skin of racism in America, gender inequality, misogyny, and the socio-political impact of our greatest icons while expertly avoiding clichés and pretension. His work provides a compassionate examination of our contemporary ethos, and inspires us to move beyond apathy into full social accountability.” —DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU, Obie Award-winning playwright

“Hip-hop has been the most influential cultural force of the last fifty years and no writer has understood its power quite like Kevin Powell. It's not just music. It's a lens to understand the world and Kevin Powell wields it to further our understanding of racism, manhood, and our troubled political times. Make no mistake about it: whether writing about Harvey Weinstein, his mother, or American football, this book is hip-hop in the best sense of the phrase, in that it challenges the reader to step outside of themselves. Powell takes us to a place beyond the beats. It's a place most fear to tread, but if we hope to salvage this country, it's a place we all need to understand." —DAVE ZIRIN, writer and editor for The Nation

"Kevin Powell thoughtfully weaves together the connective tissue between gender, race, sexuality, pop culture, and sports through a series of raw, incredibly personal essays. He masterfully uses his own life experiences to force us to take an uncomfortable look at how we’ve been conditioned to adopt, accept, and extend the unfortunate American traditions of hate and violence.” —JEMELE HILL, ESPN anchor, commentator, writer

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics in Film: Ghost World
Ethics in Film: Ghost World
Friday, September 7, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:15pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Our monthly film screening series, followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.
 
This month's film: Ghost World

With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man’s newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

Post-film discussion led by Chris Everett

 
 
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Social Hall
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Big Apple Knitters Guild
Saturday, September 8, 2018 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Social Hall

Big Apple Knitters Guild General Meeting

This is a membership organization separate from NYSEC that sets its own yearly & event fees. For more information, visit: www.bakg.org

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Colloquy: Families and What They Mean to Us
Colloquy: Families and What They Mean to Us
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508

Colloquy is a long-standing discussion group and a mainstay for members to express their opinions on a great many subjects. The group meets at 9:30 on the 2nd Sunday of each month (except July and August).

Put Colloquy on your calendar and be part of the discussion!

 
 
10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform - Leader Anne Klaeysen: What About the Children?
Sunday Platform - Leader Anne Klaeysen: What About the Children?
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

This summer we were riveted by stories about children on our southern border and in a cave in Thailand. People around the world cheered when one by one that boys and their soccer coach were rescued from the cave. But what about the children our government separated from their parents? They still suffer. Even those who have been reunited will experience trauma. This morning we will consider our accountability and responsibility for the children of the world.

Presider: Maggie Determann

Shared Charity: Encampment for Citizenship

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

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, September 9, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethics in The News
Ethics in The News
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 1:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

A lively give and take on compelling issues and events 

WILL TRUMP/PENCE GAIN A SECOND TERM?

Come to the Great Debate Hosted by Ethics in the News

Moderated by Muriel Berger

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
School Gym, 6th Floor
Children's Philosophy Club - What Happens When We Die? An Afternoon with Children’s Book Author J.R. Becker
Children's Philosophy Club - What Happens When We Die? An Afternoon with Children’s Book Author J.R. Becker
Sunday, September 9, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
School Gym, 6th Floor

When he turned 34 and had two children of his own (Annabelle and Aiden), Becker noticed a dearth of children’s books that explained how the universe was formed and life evolved, so he decided to tell “once upon a time” stories about science to inspire a new generation of scientists, thinkers, and all-around adventurers. His first book, “The Story of Life” on evolution, was condemned by Christian World News, and became a #1 Bestseller on Amazon. Next came “Oh, The Things We Believed!” about critical thinking and “Worlds Within Us” about the big bang and the earliest stages of the universe. The texts consist of rhyming poems, and factual information is incorporated into the illustrations by Max Rambaldi.

Designed for children from 5 to 12 years, these books are conceived so that the older the readers are, or the more times they have looked at the text, the more will leap off the page and grab their attention. The back cover of “The Story of Life” comes with a WARNING! to potential buyers: “This book may cause children to develop curiosity, wonder, a thirst for knowledge, critical thinking skills, and a love for our planet and fellow creatures.” At this event, Becker will launch his latest book, “What Happens When We Die?”

Learn more at www.AnnabelleAndAiden.com

J.R. Becker holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law. When he’s not practicing entertainment law, drumming, or enjoying the outdoors, Joseph enjoys all the science and philosophy books and podcasts he can.

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Room 508
Ethical Death Café
Ethical Death Café
Sunday, September 9, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Room 508

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

Two meetings monthly, 2nd Sunday and 4th Wednesday

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

 
 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
With Leader Anne Klaeysen

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/simone_giertz_why_you_should_make_useless_things

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

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

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

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Race, Systems, and Society
Race, Systems, and Society
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Leader Dr. Richard Koral

Even among those who are mindful of the subtle racial, ethnic, and class distinctions that persist in society, we are all participants in a larger societal structure that perpetuates injustices. We will read and discuss books and articles that explore the features of systemic racism and classism in America to better understand the ways in which society can recreate itself to permit all people to flourish and thrive.

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 13, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.
 
Readings:
 
“Caves all the way down” by Jules Evans, Aeon, 7/17/17 (https://aeon.co/essays/is-psychedelics-research-closer-to-theology-than-to-science)
“Equipment for Living” by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, The Nation, 6/5/18 (https://www.thenation.com/article/equipment-for-living/)
 
 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Living: Existence and Meaning
Ethical Living: Existence and Meaning
Thursday, September 13, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

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

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

 
 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Ethics and the Theater: Red Speedo
Ethics and the Theater: Red Speedo
Friday, September 14, 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
6:30pm reception - light refreshments. Reading begins at 7:00pm.

Ethics and the Theater will present: Red Speedo by Lucas Hnath

Ray seems set to make the U.S. Olympic swim team, which could lead to a deal with Speedo for him and a career as a sports agent for his brother. But the discovery of performance-enhancing drugs in his club’s fridge threatens those dreams and raises questions about the American cult of success, however achieved.

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.

 

 
 
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9:30 AM
Room 508
Poetry Reading Circle
Poetry Reading Circle
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:30am
Room 508
Cheryl Gross Presides

In September, some readers share poems about work and workers, for Labor Day. Bring whatever you like.

 
 
10:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:00am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children
Ethics for Children
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

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 - Joe Chuman: Reasons for Optimism and Hope
Sunday Platform - Joe Chuman: Reasons for Optimism and Hope
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

As we all know, we are in a dark if not ominous political moment. It is a reality I have felt compelled to address many times in my platforms at the New York Society. To put it in context, Ethical Culture by design takes a critical view of the status quo. If we are committed to Ethical Ideals, we need to conclude that the state of society falls short, and we are called to strive to close the gap between the way things are and the way they ought to be. Hence, when we survey society, we tend to veer toward the the critical, the negative. But there is another context from which we can draw very different conclusions.

If we look at human as a whole from the long view, the human condition is getting dramatically better. People live much longer, they are healthier and wealthier. Fewer die in wars or are the victims of violence in any form. They are better educated, have more leisure and hundreds of millions of our fellow human beings in the past few decades have been lifted out of dire poverty.

Such is the perspective of Harvard social psychologist, Stephen Pinker, in two magisterial volumes, The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now. Rather than mere opinion, Pinker backs up his claims with reams of empirical data and oodles of charts and graphs. Moreover, he credits the European Enlightenment as the engine of humanity's progress and ends his conclusions with a call to humanism.

In my opening address on September 16th, I will draw from Pinker's thought and inject some hope into our current situation at a time which badly needs it.  

Presider: Anne Klaeysen

Shared Charity: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

 
 
12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
5:30 PM
Adler Study - Room 514
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Ethical NYC Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 5:30pm
Adler Study - Room 514
 
 
7:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Newcomers' Reception
Newcomers' Reception
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
 
Join Leader Anne Klaeysen, Membership Coordinator Maggie Determann and Society members for dessert, and to find out who we are and what we do! Ask about the Society and our philosophy, social ethics, programs and membership. Please RSVP by calling ext. 113 or at mdetermann@nysec.org
 
 
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Ethical Culture as a Practice
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Moderator: Dr. Richard Koral, Leader

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

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

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday with moderator Ken Gans

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

Readings:

Climate Crisis is Near Point of No Return, U.N. Warns

Can Germany's Center Hold?

Hungary's Democracy is in Danger, E.U. Parliament Votes

Local Leaers Defied Trump on Climate Change. Can They Deliver?

Stay Out of Venezuela, Mr. Trump

Floaing Boom Sen to Pacific Patch to Start Trapping 87,000 Tons of Plastic

Russia, Trump and Laundering

 
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 20, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.
 
Readings:
 
“How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences” by Heather MacDonald, City Journal, Spring 2018 (https://www.city-journal.org/html/how-identity-politics-harming-sciences-15826.html)
 
 

 

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Empowering Ethical Elders: The Best Nutrition for Our Aging Bodies
Empowering Ethical Elders: The Best Nutrition for Our Aging Bodies
Thursday, September 20, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

With Avigdor Arad, RDN, EP-C, Clinical Dietitian

Light refreshments will be served. 

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

 
 
8:00 PM
Auditorium
Concert: Michael Nesmith
Concert: Michael Nesmith
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:00pm
Auditorium

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Metro Presents: https://www.metropolitanpresents.com/concert-hall-nysec/

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Music Café: Saul Zebulon Rubin
Music Café: Saul Zebulon Rubin
Friday, September 21, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, enjoy the music, refreshments, good company, and entertainment. Get up and dance if the music moves you! Or just sit back and enjoy.

“An accomplished guitarist." – Wall Street Journal

"Saul is a consummate musician, a person who is aware of the feelings of others and a person who is gentle in that sense. He is everything I could ask for in a band mate.”
-Sonny Rollins

“The great unsung hero of jazz guitar in New York City…an economy of notes and laxer-like purpose define Saul ‘Zeb’ Rubin.”
-Lucid Culture

"Saul has it all together and is a positive force in the world of the guitar. He plays hip melodies, which he’s totally in touch with when improvising. His harmonies, both with his impeccable comping and chord soloing, employ refreshing voicings, and certainly keep the listener involved."
-Gene Bertoncini

A mainstay on the New York jazz scene, Saul Zebulon Rubin graduated from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford CT, where he studied jazz with the legendary saxophonist Jackie McLean and saxophonist/arranger Paul Jeffrey, before moving back home to New York. Although his career has taken him around the world, he occupies a unique place in New York jazz as a musician, producer, impresario, and personality. A regular member (and chart writer) of Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, and for decades Rubin has shared the stage and studio with artists as diverse as Sonny Rollins, Kirk Lightsey, Jimmy Heath, Victor Lewis,  Sullivan Fortner, Jonathan Batiste, Bob Cranshaw, Sammy Figueroa, Gregory Porter, John Hicks, Renee Fleming, John Hicks, Johnny O’Neal, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Winard Harper, Larry Willis, Thomas Chapin, Lew Soloff, and countless others.

Rubin is featured on Sonny Rollins’ Road Shows Vol. 4: Holding The Stage (where Rubin plays in duo with Sonny) plus his own The Saul Rubin Quartet (2004) featuring John Hicks, Gerald Cannon and Montez Coleman: The Zebtet (Red Records, 2015), featuring Stacy Dillard, Johnny O’Neal and Fabio Morgera. His latest album as a bandleader is aptly entitled Zeb’s House (2017), a tribute to the community of great artists, showcasing both his irrepressible sense of humor as well as his signature gritty, purposeful, urbane sensibility, throughout a mix of originals and standards.  www.saulrubin.com

In 2010 he began curating a successful weekly jazz vocal series (hosting and accompanying such luminaries as Gregory Porter, Roseanna Vitro, Nancy Harms, Bob Dorough, Johnny O’Neal, Tessa Souter and Brianna Thomas). For three years he has produced the NYC Jazz Guitar Festival, showcasing some of the world’s best jazz guitarists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Peter Bernstein and Paul Bollenback.

He has performed at the Blue Note (Tokyo and New York), the Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Fat Cat, Smalls, Mezzrow, the Hollywood Bowl, and concert halls all over the world, including London, Vienna, Geneva, Barcelona, Paris, and Prague.  For many years he managed Zeb’s, in a New York loft in Chelsea, a performance and production space where countless artists have since performed and recorded.

Saul Zebulon Rubin and the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio will be followed by an Open Mic. 

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

The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renown 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 is a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist who 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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10:30 AM
Ceremonial Hall
Chorus Practice
Chorus Practice
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 10:30am
Ceremonial Hall
Led by David Gracia and Pat Debrovner

Practice the songs we sing on Sunday mornings – and get some tips to improve our singing technique.

 
 
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform - David Bornstein: Less Tunnel, More Light
Sunday Platform - David Bornstein: Less Tunnel, More Light
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

The talk will offer a glimpse of reality through the lens of creative changes and social innovation occurring today. The world is changing so quickly – in ways both hopeful and threatening. Yet, we rarely get the whole story.

Our ability to understand reality, and act thoughtfully to build a better world, has long been constrained by the “narrative of brokenness” given by the news, which presents the world through a lens of dysfunction and pathology. There is a better way to tell the story of our time — a movement in journalism that is gaining ground today.

David Bornstein is CEO and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and co-author of the ‘Fixes’ column in The New York Times, which examines efforts to solve social problems. The Solutions Journalism Network is establishing the practice of solutions journalism — rigorous reporting that examines credible responses to social problems — as a core part of mainstream news. David has been a journalist for 28 years, having started his career working on the metro desk of New York Newsday. He is the author of three books: How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Presider: Larry Hurst

Shared Charity: Solutions Journalism Network

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: International Day of Peace
Ethics for Children: International Day of Peace
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week: International Day of Peace Actionist News & Sharing.

Come dressed as your favorite peace hero!

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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, September 23, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
 
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM
5th Floor
Young Ethical Explorers - Coming of Age Group Open House and Planning Meeting
Young Ethical Explorers - Coming of Age Group Open House and Planning Meeting
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 1:00pm
5th Floor

Children in their second decade may be interested in our COMING OF AGE GROUP beginning in October. A parent- and-youth information and envisioning session is set for Sunday, September 23, at 1pm.

Please RSVP with interests and questions to YoungEthicalExplorers@gmail.com

Visit EthicalComingOfAge.blogspot.com for information.

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Film & Discussion: My Stolen Childhood and Trafficked in America
Film & Discussion: My Stolen Childhood and Trafficked in America
Sunday, September 23, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Adler Study, Room 514

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

TRAFFICKED IN AMERICA

Frontline and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley tell the inside story of Guatemalan teens who were forced to work against their will on an Ohio egg farm in 2014.

MY STOLEN CHILDHOOD

Thousands of women across West Africa have been enslaved by a centuries old practice called “trokosi”. Girls are forced to live and work with priests in religious shrines, for the rest of their lives, to “pay” for the sins of family members. Although the practice has officially been banned in Ghana, it’s still happening there and in other parts of West Africa but on a smaller scale. Twenty years after she was freed from this practice, Brigitte Sossou Perenyi goes on a journey to understand what trokosi really is and why her family gave her away.

 

 
 
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room 508
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Climate Chat w/ Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee
Sunday, September 23, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Room 508

with Monica Weiss and Vince Brancato, Co-Chairs of the Ethical NYC Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Learn about the fine work of our climate partners--350NYC, Food and Water Watch, and NYC Grassroots Alliance--are doing, and find out how you can be part of a global climate solution. Hear reports about projects and campaigns they are promoting, and get updates on ways to influence your neighbors, families, and communities to pursue more sustainable-living choices.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: What is the Nature of Philosophical Inquiry?
Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: What is the Nature of Philosophical Inquiry?
Monday, September 24, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u). It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Topic: What is the nature of philosophical inquiry?

What is philosophy all about anyway? How do philosophers do their work? Can anyone be a philosopher? Has philosophy changed significantly over the past two and a half millennia? Does philosophy make progress? Come discuss these and other questions about what it means to do philosophy. You will find a whopping 28 posts and a number of videos on this topic here: https://platofootnote.wordpress.com/category/nature-of-philosophy/

But if you are short on time, we suggest you take a look at these four:

https://platofootnote.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/philosophy-itself-i/
https://platofootnote.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/philosophy-itself-ii/
https://platofootnote.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/philosophy-itself-iii/
https://platofootnote.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/philosophy-itself-iv/

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 - Dr. Joshua Plotnik: The Psychology of Elephants and Why It Matters for Their Conservation
Speaking of Science - Dr. Joshua Plotnik: The Psychology of Elephants and Why It Matters for Their Conservation
Monday, September 24, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

The Psychology of Elephants and Why It Matters for Their Conservation

The study of the elephant mind has important implications for understanding the evolution of human and non-human animal intelligence. But how can understanding the mind of elephants also potentially help us protect them from extinction? In this talk, I will discuss my own research on elephant behavior and cognition. I will highlight how this research can help us better understand the evolution of similar intelligence in evolutionarily distant species, but also how it can be applied to conservation efforts, specifically in terms of human/wildlife conflict mitigation and childhood education.

Joshua Plotnik, Ph.D. is a comparative psychologist and conservation behavior researcher who has studied the intelligence of elephants since 2005. Recently, Josh has been working in Thailand to understand how research on animal thinking can be applied directly to the mitigation of human/elephant conflict. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Animal Behavior and Conservation Program at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is also the founder and executive director of Think Elephants International, a U.S. non-profit charity working to bridge the gaps between research, education, and conservation by using elephants as a conduit. His research on elephant intelligence has been published in some of science's top peer-reviewed journals, and has been featured in documentaries (including several produced by the BBC and National Geographic) and numerous TV and newspaper articles on elephants. Dr. Plotnik has earned degrees from both Emory University (M.A. and Ph.D.) and Cornell University (B.S.). He lives in New York City.

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Auditorium
SOLD OUT! Climate Week NYC 2018 - Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
SOLD OUT! Climate Week NYC 2018 - Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
Monday, September 24, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Auditorium

NOTICE: This event is SOLD OUT! It will be livestreamed to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ethicalnyc

Ticketshttps://drawdown-ethicalnyc.eventbrite.com

Part of Climate Week NYC 2018

Join us for a presentation and panel discussion on The New York Times Best Selling Book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Moderated by Bill McKibben (founder 350.org) the event is sponsored by The New York Society for Ethical Culture350NYC and Pachamama Alliance.

Featuring:

Moderator: Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org

Lynne Twist, Co-Founder, Pachamama Alliance

Katharine Wilkinson, Senior Writer, Drawdown; VP of Communication and Engagement, Project Drawdown

With Panelists:

Chad Frischmann, VP of Research, Project Drawdown

Karen Washington, food justice activist and urban farmer; Co-founder, Black Urban Growers and Rise and Root Farm

Dan Zarrilli, Chief Climate Policy Advisor, OneNYC Director, NYC Office of The Mayor

Lauren Zullo, Director of Sustainability, Jonathan Rose Companies

Scientists have done an extraordinary job detailing the current and future impacts of global warming. What humanity has lacked is a comprehensive, convincing path forward to reverse it. Project Drawdown brought together an international collaborative to create that blueprint of possibility—Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, the bestselling environmental book of 2017. As a living research and communication effort, Project Drawdown continues to map, measure, and model the most substantive climate solutions, and to advance the understanding, imagination, and conviction needed to reverse global warming.

 

 

 
 
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesdays with TED Talks
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

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

Everyone Loves TED! It's even better when you can discuss the talks with other people. Together we will view selections with contemporary ethical themes and engage in a lively discussion. Links to the talks will be published on our website AFTER each session so that everyone will see them for the first time.

 
 
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, September 25, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Leader's Office, Room 502

with Leader Dr. Joseph Chuman.

This is a monthly discussion group focusing on contemporary issuese and occasionally classical writings relating Ethical Culture and Humanism. We will primarily make use of articles from journals of opinion and book chapters when relevant. Rather than taking a merely journalistic approach, the discussions will aim to illuminate the philosophical concepts and values which underlie the issues being discussed. Register to receive reading assignments in advance: please contact Maggie Determann at mdeterman@nysec.org or 212-874-5210 x 113.

 
 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507

Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) works to expose and correct abusive police tactics that routinely and disproportionately do harm to our city’s low-income communities and people of color.

 
 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
Film Premiere & Discussion: Mother's Imprint
Film Premiere & Discussion: Mother's Imprint
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor

U.S. Premiere! Wine reception, screening, and Q&A with director Kata Olah and her mother Zsuzsa. Co-hosted by The Three Tomatoes and Ethical NYC.

Click here for Public tickets ($25)

Click here for Ethical NYC Member tickets ($15)

MOTHER'S IMPRINT
A documentary film directed by Kata Olah.

Family secrets unfold about the filmmaker's mother's life in Budapest, 1944.

A story of an East European woman born in 1940 as one of the millions of protagonists of the Holocaust sentenced to inhuman death in the moment of her birth. How did she survive? How can we look upon all the fatal coincidences, the devotion and faith of her mother, the help of all those good people whose bravery was strong enough against the evil? Through the kaleidoscope of her painful memories timeless pains open up in images revealing events we have never heard and stories we have all heard so many times but are and will always be impossible to understand. She had to carry her lost identity from the age of 4 through the difficult times of the communism. The revolution in 1956, the regime change of 1989 left its mark in her life and soul, deepening her lost identity. The only boy grandson is the first in the family who finds connection to the belief of his great-grandparents. As a messenger of the ancestors he can help his grandmother, our mother to remember.

More information:
https://www.visionsdureel.ch/en/media-film/mothers-imprint

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
350NYC Meeting
350NYC Meeting
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Leader Lunch Discussion
Leader Lunch Discussion
Thursday, September 27, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
Bring your lunch and join Dr. Anne Klaeysen for engaging conversation. Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office. Articles are available online at http://www.ethical.nyc/leader-lunch.
 
Readings:
 
“Thomas Bayes and the Crisis in Science” by David Papineau, The Times Literary Supplement, 6/28/18 (https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/thomas-bayes-science-crisis/)
 
“On Coincidence” by Cody Delistraty, Aeon, 7/10/18 (https://aeon.co/essays/just-how-meaningful-is-coincidence-beyond-the-statistics)
 
 

 

 
 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Adler Study, Room 514
Ethical Living: Existence and Meaning
Ethical Living: Existence and Meaning
Thursday, September 27, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adler Study, Room 514

Moderator: Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Leader

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

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

 
 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Social Hall
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch
Thursday, September 27, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Social Hall
 
 
 
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11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Platform - Richard Koral - Respecting the Inherent Worth of Every Person: A Courageous and Revolutionary Act of Faith
Sunday Platform - Richard Koral - Respecting the Inherent Worth of Every Person: A Courageous and Revolutionary Act of Faith
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Every generation needs to unearth the prejudices that emerge and dominate its time, and to overcome the natural tendencies to alienate and marginalize others.

Presider: Joe Fashing

This week’s shared charity is the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.

 
 
11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: Diving Deep Into "Green" Action
Ethics for Children: Diving Deep Into "Green" Action
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week: Diving Deep Into "Green" Action. Come dressed as your favorite green hero!

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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, September 30, 2018 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor