Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York

The Corliss Lamont Chapter of the American Humanist Association

2000 Schedule

MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THE 2000 SEASON

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

(1) Guest Speaker on Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30 PM: 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. At this first meeting of the new year, he will describe The Battle in Seattle. He was videotaping in the middle of the action and will show footage covering the peaceful protest and the police reaction. At the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street.

(2) Saturday, January 22th at 3 PM: We will enjoy and discuss a movie: The Life of Brian, a Monty Python spoof on religious fanaticism. At the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street.

(3) Guest Speaker on Tuesday, February 8th at 6:30 PM: Dr. Larry T. Gell, Director-General of the International Agency for Economic Development (IAED), will discuss U.S. Foreign Policy and the U.N. He'll show excerpts from some of the hundreds of informative NGO briefings he has videotaped at the U.N. over the years. At the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street.

(4) Saturday, February 26th at 3 PM: We will view another great Python movie: The Holy Grail. At the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street.

(5) Guest Speaker on Tuesday, March 14th at 6:30 PM: Jeremiah Guttman will give an eye-witness account of the McCarthy days and show how the danger has not diminished. He tells of Threats to our Civil Liberties: Past, Present & Future. Fred Edwords, Executive Director of the American Humanist Association, will be present to answer your questions regarding the upcoming move of the AHA's headquarters from Amherst, NY to Washington, DC. This meeting will be held at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street.

(6) Saturday, March 25th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: We will view another movie, perhaps one of the greatest of all time: the Spencer Tracy classic about the Scopes Trial, Inherit the Wind.

(7) Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 PM: Beth Lamont reporting on United States foreign policy and the United Nations. At the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street.

(8) Saturday, April 22th at 3 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: A discussion of current events.

(9) Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: Book review and discussion of Tom Paine's Common Sense. Report by Dr. Thomas Riggins. When did you last read this historical document? It, like Shakespeare's works, is as relevant to the world today as it was "then".

(10) Saturday, May 27th at 3 PM in the cafeteria at The Juilliard School, located at Lincoln Center Plaza, West 65th Street and Broadway: Michael Geoghagan of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will speak from his career perspective on the precarious status of the peace and social justice activist organizations (NGOs) that work to make an impact at the United Nations.

 
SPECIAL NOTICE
 
The 59th annual AHA conference will begin Thursday, June 1, 2000 with a trip to the United Nations in New York City and continue through Sunday, June 4, 2000. The conference will take place at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton in northern New Jersey. The 2000 conference is being held jointly with the American Ethical Union (AEU). Make plans now to attend! Check for updated information on the AHA Web site or call (800) 743-6646.

AHA 59th Annual Conference.

 
 
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(11) Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: Showing of UN video made during the G77 Briefing hosted by the Humanists, with discussion before and after. The G77 is the Group of 77 (actually, now 133) developing nations. Speakers were ambassadors from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Cuba, Lesotho, and South Africa discussing the South Summit Meeting held in Havana in April 2000 at which they called for a greater decision-making role at the UN.

(12) Saturday, June 24th at 3 PM in the cafeteria at The Juilliard School, located at Lincoln Center Plaza, West 65th Street and Broadway: A discussion - some members are seething about the immorality of the death penalty. Others are intent on lightening our spirits with a little levity. What's on your mind? Come find friends to share with. Note: The cafeteria has snacks at 3 PM but at 5 PM serves real food. To find the cafeteria you must be persistent. It is upstairs from the main entrance in Lincoln Center and deep into the building. Hope to see you there!

(13) Saturday, July 1st: Our Chapter President, Dr. Tom Riggins, suggested an appropriate way to express our patriotism this Independence Day by visiting the Thomas Paine Memorial Cottage in New Rochelle, New York on Saturday, July First (not the Fourth, please note). A surprising number of Americans do not know that he was the great inspiration and unsung hero of the American Revolution, yet he fell into disrespect and is almost forgotten. Strangely, the Colonists were ready to believe that they were self-reliant enough to manage without King George, but, alas, they drew the line at questioning religious authority. Too bad he didn't have any organized Humanists then to promote and champion his philosophy.
We plan to arrive there around noon, tour for several hours, and then have some lunch and return to the city in late afternoon. From Grand Central Terminal the New Haven Railroad Line will take you to New Rochelle in half an hour. The departures most convenient for our plan are 10:40 AM or 11:40 AM; the return times are 2:12 PM or 3:12 PM. The fare is $4.25 or $2.75 for seniors. The phone number for the Paine Cottage is (914) 633-1776 or 632-5376. Hope to see you there. This will be a great opportunity to explore some roots of our Humanist tradition of challenging illogic and questioning authority.

(14) Tuesday, July 11th at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: Speaker will be artist Charles Keller, former faculty member of Parson's School of Design. His talk with slides is entitled Art and the People: How Taste is Determined in Amerika. Mr. Keller is a former editor of The New Masses, and has exhibited in Rome, London and New York. Sounds fascinating!

(15) Saturday, July 22th at 3 PM in the cafeteria at The Juilliard School, located at Lincoln Center Plaza, West 65th Street and Broadway: Conversation and a brief video of Hillary Clinton's address to the UN regarding the plight of children in our own country as well as in most of the under developed nations of earth. Bring your own topics of information and concern. At 5 PM cafeteria food is served, but salads, coffee and snacks, etc., are available all day. The cafeteria can be found by going up the escalator from the entrance at 66th Street and Broadway, and is located deep inside the building and not well marked, so don't give up; it's there!

(16) Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: David Buehrens will give a talk entitled Cosmic Consciousness - How an awareness of life's interconnectedness, both human and non-human, can enlarge one's sense of ethical and intellectual responsibility.

(17) Saturday, August 26th at 3 PM in the cafeteria at The Juilliard School, located at Lincoln Center Plaza, West 65th Street and Broadway: Dorothy Klein will give a talk entitled Unweaving the Rainbow - a report on Richard Dawkins' book which describes how nature has programmed the developing child to be obedient and exploitable in the best interests of survival but not necessarily in the child's long range best interests. Note: The cafeteria has snacks at 3 PM but at 5 PM serves real food. To find the cafeteria you must be persistent. It is upstairs from the main entrance in Lincoln Center and deep into the building. Hope to see you there!

(18) Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: Conversation and a brief video of Hillary Clinton's address to the U.N. regarding the plight of children in our own country as well as in most of the under developed nations of earth. Bring your own topics of information and concern.

(19) Tuesday, September 26th at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: Thomas Riggins will give a talk entitled Elihu Palmer and American Rationalism. Palmer (1764-1806) was the most advanced and militant Freethinker in the years right after the American Revolution, almost Thomas Paine's only friend in the years before Paine died in obscurity in 1807. Palmer and his wife (Paine's nurse and maid in his last years) were vocal leaders of early American Freethought, almost totally forgotten today. The speaker wants to acquaint us with this forbearer of modern Humanism in the United States.

(20) Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: Dorothy Klein will give a talk entitled Unweaving the Rainbow - a report on Richard Dawkins' book which describes how nature has programmed the developing child to be obedient and exploitable in the best interests of survival but not necessarily in the child's long range best interests.

(21) Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: Open discussion about the upcoming election, and about the plight of Dr. Shaikh of Pakistan, a medical school teacher and Humanist leader, whose life is threatened under the Pakistani blasphemy laws.

(22) Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street: The program and discussion for the evening will center on censorship. A shocking video, made available by Chapter President Tom Riggins, from the Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) organization, will be shown first. It is entitled Project Censored: Is The Press Really Free? This video contains five news stories suppressed by the United States media, including the Contras, the CIA, and the crack cocaine epidemic (dark alliance). Project Censored is a research project of California State University. Exposed are the true causes of censorship today. If you have information on censorship and corporate vested interest please bring it to share with the group.

(23) Tuesday, November 28th from 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM at the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), 2 West 64th Street: Lisa Dallos will host a "Meet the Author" session with Warren Allen Smith of Who's Who in Hell fame. Refreshments will be served.

(24) Monday December 11th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM: A Winter Solstice Celebration and Dinner Meeting at the Sichuan Palace Restaurant, 310 East 44th Street between First and Second Avenues. Guest Speaker: Ellen Farber, Director of the Pace Adult Resource Center (PARC) at Pace University, will speak on the topic Humanitarianism: Facing New Challenges. Please call the Humanist office at (212) 687-2477 by November 20th and leave a message if you would like to attend. Cost is $25 per person and attendance is limited to 25 persons.

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