Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York

The Corliss Lamont Chapter of the American Humanist Association

1999 Schedule

MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THE 1999 SEASON

Happy Humanist. Tuesday Saturday
January 12 (1) 30 (2)
February (3) 27 (4)
March (5) 27 (6)
April 13 (7) 24 (8)
May 11 (9) 22 (10)
June (11) 26 (12)
July 13 (13) 24 (14)
August 10 (15) 28 (16)
September 14 (17) 25 (18)
October 12 (19) 23 (20)
November (21) 20 (22) and 27 (23)
December 14 (24) 25 (25)

(1) Guest Speaker on Tuesday, January 12th at 6:30 PM: Norman Markowitz, Prof. of History at Rutgers University. Professor Markowitz is a progressive with years of work in the civil rights and peace movements. At the Sichuan Palace Restaurant, 310 East 44th Street between First and Second Avenues. $17.50 for dinner, tax and tip included.

(2) Guest Speaker on Saturday, January 30th from 3 PM to 6 PM: Executive Board member Dave Buehrens speaking from a personal perspective about the works and books of Corliss Lamont. Mr. Buehrens discovered Corliss Lamont as a teenager when he was looking for a positive image as he dealt with disbelief in the Bible Belt. At the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 240 East 31st Street near Second Avenue.

(3) Guest Speaker on Tuesday, February 9th at 6 PM: Joseph Fields will be reporting on the recent International Humanist and Ethical Union Conference which took place in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) India. At the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street.

(4) Saturday, February 27th at 4 PM: We will meet to share information and socialize at the Student Cafeteria behind the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and at 6 PM we will view a movie about The Battle of Algiers which will be followed by a discussion open to the public. Speakers include the famed movie maker, Gillo Ponte Corvo, and Dr. Edward Said, Professor of Islamic Studies at Columbia University. So that we might make a group reservation and pay with one credit card, we ask that you call the chapter office message phone at (212) 687-2477to leave your request for the number of tickets you wish and mention if you need the senior discount.

(5) Guest Speaker on Tuesday, March 9th at 6 PM: Claire Vogel, a long-time activist who along with hundreds of others, went to Ft. Benning, Georgia, to protest the U.S. Army School of the Americas which teaches terrorism and is referred to as the School of Assassins. Many protesters are still imprisoned from previous attempts to shut down the base. At the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Please visit the Human Values Network to see some streaming video clips about the School of Assassins.

(6) Guest speaker on Saturday, March 27th at 2 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: Allan Nairn, journalist of East Timor fame, will talk about his terrifying experience during the massacre by government troops in which he and Amy Goodman, though wounded, escaped with their lives and the videotape.

(7) Tuesday, April 13th at 6 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. A movie, Cuba Calls; We Must Answer, which tells of the devastating effect of the bullying U.S. embargo of our neighbors to the south, will be shown.

(8) Saturday, April 24th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Dave Buehrens, our own literary scholar and researcher on human development, will give a presentation entitled Human Nature and Competitiveness; A Humanist Viewpoint. Comments and participation will be invited.

(9) Tuesday, May 11th at 6 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Former CNN and ABC News producer Danny Schechter ("The News Dissector"), who has been covering the Human Rights crisis in the Balkans for six years. He is an articulate and media savvy critic, and author of The More You Watch, The Less You Know. Schechter writes for Newsday and The Nation and appears regularly on radio and TV shows, having been a former radio news director and talk show host.

(10) Saturday, May 22th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Adjunct Professor Barry Lituche, of Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, where he teaches Modern European History. He is author of numerous articles on the Yugoslavian crisis and he has spoken as commentator on various radio shows. In 1995 he interviewed Yugoslavian political figures and Krajina refugees during the NATO bombings. Dr. Lituche is Director of the Jasenovacs Institute, named for the largest concentration camp in the Balkans, and which is concerned with Yugoslavian holocaust and Human Rights issues. Comments and participation will be invited.

(11) Tuesday, June 8th at 6 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Beth Lamont, the AHA's Representative to the United Nations, reporting on the relationship between the United States and the UN. She will discuss what is happening and what needs to happen.

(12) Saturday, June 26th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Dr. Larry Gell, Director-General of the International Agency for Economic Development, who is also an NGO Representative to the United Nations in behalf of that organization and whose experience in the corporate world has sensitized him to social justice issues. He has been videotaping NGO meetings for four years and has created an amazing reference library for the Department of Public Information, including testimony from many of the world's Indigenous Peoples at special Tribunals. He's a spellbinding speaker and is represented on the World Wide Web at http://www.iaed.org/.

(13) Tuesday, July 13th at 6 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Kevin Keating, director and cinematographer, who has created award winning films. He will talk about and possibly show clips from his current work on an explosive local human drama.

(14) Saturday, July 24th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Dr. Janet J. Asimov, widow of world-renowned author Isaac Asimov, who was president of the AHA. She will be pleased to answer your questions and share memories of her years with this amazing Humanist. A short film featuring Isaac Asimov will be shown.

(15) Tuesday, August 10th at 6 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Michael Geoghagan, who has worked for the U.N. for 30 years in U.N. development programs in over 80 countries, with assignments in UNITAR, UNICEF, Environmental Programs, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He is greatly concerned that the world is still facing ecological crisis despite some painstaking progress in some areas. What are the known great dangers? He will focus on the broad perspectives with a view to clarifying where matters stand at the close of the millennium. Bring questions for discussion.

(16) Saturday, August 28th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Dorothy Klein, a dynamic Humanist Activist, educator, and WBAI Radio personality. She is teaching a course on Humanism at Brooklyn College. She has information on corporations that is shocking and sure to inspire you to indignant response. When corporations were declared to be persons by the Supreme Court in 1886 they gained undeserved protection of our Bill of Rights, which should instead protect the rights of individuals. A distressing fact is that corporations have no publicly elected officials, yet they dictate legislation and buy elections. How can we curb the privilege and power of corporations? Ralph Nader says that corporations are responsible for far more mass murder than is crime in the streets. Plans for action will be available.

(17) Tuesday, September 14th at 6 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Bob Grant, author of American Ethics and the Virtuous Citizen. Mr. Grant is a graduate of the Humanist Institute, a certified Humanist Celebrant, and an NGO delegate to the United Nations for the International Humanist and Ethical Union. His book was just published by Humanist Press. He'll talk about the secular nature of American ethics.

(18) Saturday, September 25th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Karyl Greco, a long-time Humanist Activist and a 40-year devotee and Practitioner of Rational Emotive Therapy. She'll talk about the theories and practice of this Humanistic method of behavior modification, and her years of studying at the Albert Ellis Institute.

(19) Tuesday, October 12th at 6 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Debra L. Franklin, Director of Americana Financial Services, who will discuss Project Enterprise, a local micro-lending organization based on the concept of the famous Grameen Bank, originating in Bangladesh, which encourages entrepreneurship among villagers, helping to promote economic well-being especially for women and families, and which is being replicated in dozens of countries around the world, bringing families out of poverty. How does this work and how can we help?

(20) Saturday, October 23th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Joseph Friendly, a videographer and long-time friend of Humanism with a passion for fundamental social change. For years he produced the Humanist Here and Now Show, as well as an outspoken TV program critical of U.S. foreign policy called Truth for a Change, carried for fifteen years on Cable TV's Manhattan Neighborhood Network. He has recently returned from Yugoslavia where he witnessed and documented the devastation and interviewed survivors. His video and presentation will focus on the continuing Human Rights crisis in Yugoslavia. What is the real U.S. interest?

(21) Tuesday, November 9th at 6 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. An open forum devoted to topics of interest to the attendees.

(22) Saturday, November 20th, an all-day outing to visit the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a research division of Columbia University, and the Lamont Nature Sanctuary in Palisades, NY. Complimentary lunch provided. Please call (212) 877-5662 in advance for additional information and reservations (required). Limit is 30 people.

(23) Saturday, November 27th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. An open forum devoted to topics of interest to the attendees.

(24) Tuesday, December 14th at 6 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker: Frank Wilkinson, who is concerned with Civil Liberties and the First Amendment. He is Director of the First Amendment Foundation, as well as Director Emeritus of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation. He has just received the Roger Baldwin Award for his lifetime activism from the time his Civil Liberties were first threatened in the 1920s.

(25) Saturday, December 25th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. We will meet for a festive year-end turkey dinner, especially planned for those who are not going away for the holidays and who wish to enjoy the company of other Humanists.

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