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What We Are

The Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York (HSMNY) is one of many local chapters of the American Humanist Association (AHA). The chapter, as it presently exists, was founded in 1974 by Jesse Gordon and Corliss Lamont. Warren Allen Smith organized a previous Humanist group in Manhattan in the 1950s. Warren, author of the book Who's Who in Hell: A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalists, Rationalists, and Non-Theists and founder of philosopedia.org, has been an active member of the current chapter.

The AHA enjoys a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status with the United Nations and members of the Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York, acting as representatives of the AHA, attend sessions weekly at the U.N. and present humanist viewpoints and concerns as they relate to matters of world interest.

The Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York is a Full Member of Reasonable New York. The HSMNY chapter meeting schedule appears on the Weekly RNY Calendar.

Who We Are

The current Chapter President is Robert Cameron Heihn. The prior Chapter President was Dr. Thomas Riggins. Dave Buehrens, Beth K. Lamont, and Lila Smith have served as members of the Executive Board. The previous Chapter President was Dr. Julius Manson. In December 2013, Stephen James was appointed Executive Director of the HSMNY, Goldie James was made Secretary, and Pamela Timmins joined the Board. Norman Roscoe helped with program coordination duties during the 2014 season. Beth Lamont currently acts as Program Coordinator for the group.

The group normally meets twice per month — generally on the evening of the second Thursday and the fourth Thursday, usually with a speaker followed by a discussion. All chapter meetings are announced in advance on this Web site, via our RSS feed, our calendar feed, on Twitter, on our Facebook page, on our Meetup page, and via our Chapter Meeting Announcement Notices mailing list.

You can remain alerted to all changes made to this Web page by signing up for the free ChangeDetection e-mail notification service (see link to our ChangeDetection sign up below) or our RSS 2.0 / XML 1.0 syndication feed (see link to our RSS feed below). You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook (see our Twitter and Facebook links below). We also announce all upcoming meetings on our Meetup page (see Meetup link below). If you wish to subscribe to our Chapter Meeting Announcement Notices e-mail list, please fill-out and submit the MailChimp subscription form below. Additionally, all of our past newsletters/meeting notices are available on this Web site for viewing (see link to our Newsletters page below).

HSMNY 'Connect with Us!' Flyer.To make it convenient for you to keep up with our chapter meeting announcments, we've prepared a small (89,525 bytes) one-page color PDF file flyer called Connect with Us! that includes URLs and QR codes (Quick Response Codes) for use by mobile users who have a QR code reader app installed on their device.

Simply download, print, and scan the document and you'll have full access to all of our important information whenever you're on-the-go using your Internet-connected (cellular data plan or Wi-Fi access) smartphone or tablet computer.

We welcome your participation. You may wish to become a member of the local group ($25.00 annually for singles or $35.00 annually for couples) and/or of the American Humanist Association, which can be contacted toll-free at (800) 837-3792.

When We Meet


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Note: If you use Apple iCal/Calendar, an iPhone, Google Calendar, Mozilla Firefox Lightning Calendar, or Microsoft Outlook Calendar, we invite you to subscribe to the HSMNY calendar from our iCal feed. This will cause upcoming HSMNY meetings to automatically show up in your calendar along with all your other events.

If clicking the iCal feed link in your browser doesn't work, you may need to copy the link (URL) and paste it into the "Subscribe" link in your calendar program instead. Our calendar feed, like our RSS 2.0 feed below, includes all events for the current year.

(3) Thursday, February 12, 2015: We will meet from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM with the Secular Humanist Society of New York (SHSNY) at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant, 18 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002-6803.

Come Celebrate Darwin Day with Us!

Golden Unicorn Restaurant.Dear friends of the HSMNY who usually meet at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, we hear there's more Winter Weather coming, but we're still hoping to see all of our old friends, as well as new ones, as we join the Secular Humanist Society of New York at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant for a Darwin Day Celebration! Let's consider sharing Darwin Day with as many of our Humanist Friends as possible, including the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Let's US Celebrate with THEM!

Photo of Charles Darwin.It's Time to Celebrate the Evolution of the Human Race! Are We Humans Still Evolving? What a question, when there's not much evidence of this hoped-for phenomenon these days! But the optimistic outlook is that technology for connecting with other Peace People around the world might eventually work in our favor! Let's hope?

It's the 206th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 27th Anniversary of the birth of the SHSNY. Abraham Lincoln was also born on this same day in 1809. Please see the the attached PDF file for a celebratory poem by Beth K. Lamont.

Admission to this event is $45.00 which includes a fantastic 13 course Chinese Banquet. A full description of the meeting can be found at the SHSNY Meetup Event page. For questions, call Beth Lamont at 914-588-5284 or e-mail HSMNY Executive Director Stephen James.

You can RSVP (optional, but recommended) through Facebook or Meetup.

Attachment (one-page PDF):
Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) file.  Celebrating_February_12th.pdf  (49,894 bytes).

Moonstruck East Restaurant, 449 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016-6026
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(2) Thursday, January 22, 2015: There's a two-part HSMNY meeting this evening.

We will meet from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026 click here for map ].

This is for the purpose of "Current Issue" conversation.

Then we travel north to the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, New York, NY 10023-7183 click here for map ] to attend a 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM event entitled "Stand Up for Charlie Hebdo".

New York Society for Ethical Culture (logo).We are always faced with ethical dilemmas regarding freedom of information, justice and violence, etc. In responding to the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, we Humanists have much to say and that's why we wish to get together first, for this important purpose: for communication among ourselves and perhaps a proper plan of response. The NYSEC event will afford no opportunity for discussion or input from the audience as there's already a chosen panel discussion.

The NYSEC event, which will be held in the Auditorium, is described as follows:

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"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 from Mystery 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, Jim David (Comedy Central special) and Gary Gulman (Letterman, Leno, Conan, Kimmel).

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."

Admission to the HSMNY meeting at the Moonstruck East Restaurant is free, but annual HSMNY chapter membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged. Tickets for "Stand Up for Charlie Hebdo" at the NYSEC are available via Eventbrite for $43.19 ($40.00 Admission plus $3.19 Fee).

So, let's be in the know and go with the flow! See you in one place or the other, or better yet, BOTH!

For questions, call Beth Lamont at 914-588-5284 or e-mail HSMNY Executive Director Stephen James.

You can RSVP (optional, but recommended) through Facebook or Meetup.

Moonstruck East Restaurant, 449 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016-6026
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(1) Thursday, January 8, 2015: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026 click here for map ].

The title of this event is "Children's Rights and Our Obligations to Future Generations".

Our guest speaker for this evening's chapter meeting is Seyn Laproyen, political philosopher, philosopher of art, theoretical scientist, and visual artist.

Seyn Laproyen (photo).Seyn tells us that it is undeniable that most members of our species do far more for our children than any other species, at least in terms of how much time is spend for their raising and further support in life. Sadly, for our times, it is also undeniable that our species is the number one culprit that is busy "fouling" our planet for countless living organisms, certainly including our children and future generations. Our speaker would like to invite all interested parties to come up with ideas to make sure that a) we do even more for our children and b) we cause far less harm to our children and our environment. In the form of proposals, Mr. Laproyen will offer an uncompromisingly global outlook on this subject.

Seyn Laproyen was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey, and has also lived in Istanbul. He learned English in his teenage years and has an interest in philosophy that dates back to his high school years. He traveled to Western Europe in the summer of 1983, visiting Paris and London, and came to the U.S. in the summer of 1988. His interest in children's rights form an indispensable part of his political outlook and he has chosen to remain child-free and has never regretted that decision.

Please note that because this meeting is being held in a restaurant, food and adult beverage of your choice will be available for purchase. To allow our speaker to be uninterrupted, let's do food service early, say until 7:15 or so. Because we must vacate the room at 9:00 PM, we can always eat later, downstairs. Some of us will always stay late. We can't stop sharing our Humanist Philosophy. Hoping to see you at the meeting!

Admission to this event is free, but annual HSMNY chapter membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged.

For questions, call Beth Lamont at 914-588-5284 or e-mail HSMNY Executive Director Stephen James.

You can RSVP (optional, but recommended) through Facebook or Meetup.

Programs for all other dates will be announced. Always consult this Web page for the latest and most up-to-date meeting schedule information. All programs are subject to change. All meetings are open to the general public, as well as members of the press — Chapter membership is not a requirement to attend. If you would like to attend a meeting, then just drop in — no prior arrangements are necessary.

View previous Meeting Schedules. Our 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1998 Meeting Schedules have been archived.
Connect with Us!

Along with the iCal feed link given above, here are six more ways in which you can keep up-to-date with the activities of the HSMNY, including our chapter meeting schedule.

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What is Humanism?
What is Humanism? If you're new to the subject of Humanism and would like to see a definition of it, please visit our What is Humanism? page.
Articles and Reports
Watch the videos. Michael Moore Videos, clips of three interviews conducted in March 2010 with Michael Moore discussing the issues surrounding health care reform legislation, plus the trailer for his 2009 movie, Capitalism: A Love Story.
View the photos. Thomas Paine Bicentennial, photos and other materials related to the celebrations held at Thomas Paine Park at Foley Square in New York on June 8, 2009.
Read the essay. Evolution and Ethics, Comments on the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election Debates, an essay by Beth K. Lamont.
Read the review. The New Mandate For United Nations Peacekeeping, a review of the Brahimi Report by Beth K. Lamont.
Read the article. Why Humanists Should Reject The "Social Contract", an article by Thomas Riggins.
Read Comments on the Presidential Scandal. A Report and A Suggestion on the meeting of August 22, 1998, Sex, Lies, and Leadership, concerning the Clinton Presidential scandal, by Beth K. Lamont.
Read about the Siloists. The Other Humanists, a report on the Siloists, by Beth K. Lamont. Includes comments submitted to us by visitors to this Web site.
Read a report on the ICC. Comments on the ICC, an article about the United Nations Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of a Permanent International Criminal Court, held at Rome, Italy, during June and July 1998, by Beth K. Lamont. Originally published in 1998.
Read a follow-up report on the ICC. Comments on the ICC - Part II, a follow-up article about the current status of the International Criminal Court, by Beth K. Lamont. Originally published in 2003.
   Humanists Support the United Nations.
Read the brochure. A brochure comparing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the Humanist Manifesto and describing efforts of humanists to support the United Nations is available for on-screen viewing. A second version, designed especially for printing, can be downloaded for use by Humanist Chapters to promote Humanism and the U.N.
Newsletters and Meeting Notices
Read Chapter Newsletters and Meeting Notices. Copies of old HSMNY Chapter Newsletters in the form of Adobe® Acrobat® PDF (Portable Document Format) files are available for downloading/viewing/printing on our Newsletters page.
Equal Time for Freethought Radio Show
Listen to the show. We are pleased to host a streaming audio archive of older Equal Time for Freethought (ETFF) radio shows on our Archive page. Hosted by local humanists and atheists, the show includes news, interviews, and commentary, and airs live on WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City each Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM Eastern Time.
Additional Information & Third-Party Links
Although as our name implies, we welcome visitors and members from the entire New York metropolitan area, if you're in Northern New Jersey and cannot travel into the city to attend our meetings, you may wish to visit the Humanists of North Jersey, which holds monthly meetings in Fair Lawn. Additionally, the New Jersey Humanist Network in Somerville holds frequent meetings and social events. If you're in Monmouth County, you can connect with the Red Bank Humanists, or if you're in Camden County, you can join with the Camden County Humanists in Blackwood.
Visit 'The Humanist' magazine Web site. The Humanist, a print magazine published by the American Humanist Association (AHA), is recommended reading.
Read the 'Human Values Weblog'. The Human Values Weblog (blog), sponsored by Half-Moon Foundation, Inc., is also recommended reading. RSS 0.92, RSS 2.0, and Atom 0.3 syndication feeds are available.
Visit the Humanists for Social and Environmental Action. For our Canadian visitors, we recommend the Humanists for Social and Environmental Action, a blog maintained by Mary Beaty.
Visit the IHEU. The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the world union of more than one-hundred Humanist, rationalist, laïque (lay, or of the people), ethical culture, atheist and freethought organizations in over 40 countries, with a stated mission to represent and support the worldwide Humanist movement.
Visit the EHF. The European Humanist Federation (EHF) is the largest umbrella organization of humanist associations in Europe, promoting a secular Europe, defending equal treatment of everyone regardless of religion or belief, fighting religious conservatism and privilege in Europe and at the EU level.

The American Humanist Association (AHA) 74th Annual Conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver, Colorado, May 7 thru 10, 2015. The event will feature informative lectures, book signings, celebrity guests, networking opportunities, child care, fun activities and more.

Full Conference Registration is $399 ($449 after April 6) and Student Registration is $25.

Optional side-events will include a Humanist Business Roundtable Kickoff Meeting ($50) on Friday, May 8, and A Post-Conference Humanist Tour of Denver ($79) on Sunday, May 10.

All humanists, atheists and freethinkers are invited to attend the AHA 74th Annual Conference and advance registration is open now.

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