Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York

The Corliss Lamont Chapter of the American Humanist Association

2001 Schedule

MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THE 2001 SEASON

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

(1) Tuesday, January 9, 2001: At the present time, the meeting schedule will follow the existing pattern of second and fourth Tuesdays at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street, at 6:30 PM. Special programs on different dates may be arranged for soon, but not yet. Since no planned speakers are scheduled, we are all invited to bring our own topics of conversation. This usually makes for a lively meeting as our chapter members are very eloquent and persuasive. Hope that you will attend.

(2) Tuesday, January 30, 2001: At the suggestion of Chapter President Tom Riggins, we are going to deviate from our usual pattern of second and fourth Tuesday this month and meet on the 30th instead of the 23rd. Here's the reason: Thomas Paine is sort of the "patron saint" of the Humanists because of his courageous principles in taking on, first the King and then the Pope, and inspiring the colonists to be courageous as well. His birthday is January 30th (or thereabouts) and we intend to honor him and celebrate his accomplishments. We will have Brian McCartin, Director of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association in New Rochelle, NY, an exciting and knowledgeable speaker, with us for the occasion. Be sure to attend. The meeting will be held at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street, and will begin at 6:30 PM.

(3) Tuesday, February 13, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Dr. Larry T. Gell of the International Agency for Economic Development (IAED) will lead a dynamic workshop on the topic "How can a humanist take a positive stance in the face of negative global forces?" Topics covered will include:

(4) Tuesday, February 27, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Vincent Lloyd, publisher of Princeton University's CommonSense, will speak on the subject "The Next Generation of Humanist Activists." CommonSense is a quarterly magazine written, edited, and compiled by student humanists and the HSMNY strongly encourages and supports such endeavors.

(5) Tuesday, March 13, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Michael Geoghagan, a delightful speaker with more than thirty years experience in U.N. development programs in over 80 countries, will issue a report card on the performance of the various Nations in their attempt to reverse the ruination of Earth. Are they complying, or even promising to cut back to a rate of long range "Sustainable Development?" What can we Humanists do to help?

(6) Tuesday, March 20, 2001: Come celebrate Earth Day at the United Nations! The Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York are co-hosts (since we have an office in the building) to an all day Open House across the street from the United Nations at 777 U.N. Plaza on the second floor, where there will be speakers and ceremonies and buffet edibles morning and evening. What a nice opportunity to disseminate Humanist information to the attendees. Open all day from 8 AM to 8 PM.

(7) Tuesday, March 27, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Deputy Ambassador Raphael Dausa of the Cuba Mission to the U.N. has confirmed that he will have dinner with us and discuss U.S.-Cuba relations and the recommendations of the G-77, or Group of Developing Nations, now actually numbering 133, which met in Havana last year. We are very honored to have Deputy Ambassador Dausa as our guest.

(8) Tuesday, April 10, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. This meetings' speakers will focus on the problems of Africa, which despite some progress, still faces threats from military aggression, from economic entrapment, (specifically from the US' African Growth and Opportunity Act, part of the Trade and Development Act of 2000, and the policies of the Export-Import Bank), and escalating public health crises, with roots in colonialism and apartheid, such as the raging AIDS crisis. Speaker Nima Huwr will tell of the assassinated South African leader Chris Hani, who tried to promote African solidarity in all of these areas. Marie Jay, of the International Action Center (IAC), will introduce a video about AIDS and pharmaceuticals entitled, Pills Cost Pennies.

 (9) Tuesday, April 24, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Our speaker will be Vernon Nichols, President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace & Security at the United Nations. We know that real international security can only be achieved through assurance that no nation is in danger of military attack, and certainly all efforts toward disarmament come from concern for the safety of the whole human race. Yet the United States Space Command (note: now part of United States Strategic Command) has recently issued a Vision for 2020 document in which it proclaims itself "stewards for military space," planning to use warfighting capabilities to protect US interests and investments. How can an ordinary citizen respond to this ratcheting-up of long-range international in-security?

 (10) Tuesday, May 8, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Our speaker will be Mr. Arnell Dowret. Arnell Dowret is a humanist activist in our community who has developed a new approach to secular spirituality called Freethinking Spiritual Wonderment. Can the Humanist Movement provide a comprehensive alternative to traditional religion? Arnell says the answer is yes and that this new approach is the way. Arnell has made presentations of this work at Columbia University, New York University, and at The First Commonsense Intercollegiate Conference held at Princeton University last month, and he is currently writing a book, which will present this work to the general public. Is it possible that this approach could help vitalize humanism and bring it to a wider audience? Through presentation, group exercises, and discussion Arnell will acquaint us with his work and answer any questions we may have.

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 (11) Tuesday, May 22, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker will be Vernon Nichols, President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the United Nations. Mr. Nichols had been scheduled for our April 24 meeting but due to a miscommunication did not appear, so he will be with us on May 22 instead. Please see the entry for April 24 above for details on his presentation. We thank Jeremiah Guttman for leading a lively discussion at the April 24 meeting.

 (12) Tuesday, June 12, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker will be Mary Beaty, a library research consultant who has run a library Web site with an emphasis on intellectual freedom, will present information on Internet censorship and a new law called CIPA, or Child Internet Protection Act, which requires libraries and schools that receive Federal money to filter Web site access. Ms. Beaty's Internet signature is "electriclibrarian".

 (13) Tuesday, June 26, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker will be Gabriel Glazer, an International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) member and organizer of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ), established in Jerusalem in 1983. He is a Canadian lawyer who also practices in Tel Aviv. He is a founding member of the International Center for Peace in the Middle East and is a former judge of the Tribunal of the World Zionist Organization. He will discuss the Israeli and Palestinian dilemma.

 (14) Tuesday, July 10, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. Speaker will be Norman Roscoe, a long-time Humanist Activist and a member of the Long Island Secular Humanists, who is interested in networking with other Humanist organizations and has created a coalition of all Long Island Humanist groups. They are interested in joint activities and working on projects together, creating for more community impact. He is inviting us to affiliate with this coalition.

 (15) Tuesday, July 24, 2001: Let's go on a Harbor Lights Cruise from 7 PM to 9 PM. We'll begin gathering at 6 PM at Pier 83 on the Westside Highway at 42nd Street for the cruise, which is a narrated sunset tour down the Hudson River, around the tip of Manhattan, up the East river, and then back again. We explored the possibilities of more expensive dinner-dancing cruises, and opted for this $13 (group rate) cruise, instead. For dinner we can purchase sandwiches, drinks and snacks (or bring a subtle and forbidden brown bag), and if we want music to dance by, we can all sing. Should be fun. Hope to see you all there. Ship "sails" weather or not. For more information, please call (212) 630-8127.

 (16) Tuesday, August 14, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street. This will be a social-business meeting, including planning for the August 21st boat ride. All are invited to attend and bring their ideas.

 (17) Tuesday, August 21, 2001: Let's go on a Harbor Lights Cruise from 7 PM to 9 PM. We'll begin gathering at 6 PM at Pier 83 on the Westside Highway at 42nd Street for the cruise, which is a narrated sunset tour down the Hudson River, around the tip of Manhattan, up the East river, and then back again. We explored the possibilities of more expensive dinner-dancing cruises, and opted for this $13 (group rate) cruise, instead. For dinner we can purchase sandwiches, drinks and snacks (or bring a subtle and forbidden brown bag), and if we want music to dance by, we can all sing. Should be fun. Hope to see you all there. Ship "sails" weather or not. For more information, please call (212) 630-8127.

 (18) Tuesday, September 11, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for lively discussion and fellowship. All are invited to attend and bring their ideas.
Note: Due to the events of the day, this meeting was not held.

 (19) Tuesday, September 25, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Sichuan Palace Restaurant, 310 East 44th Street between First and Second Avenues. Speaker is Hafizur Khan, a graduate of the University of Dhaka, who has been a journalist on the most widely read Bangali newspaper, The Bangladesh Observer. As both a defense and prosecuting attorney in Bangladesh, he has first-hand knowledge of the many injustices and abuses perpetrated against women and children. He is currently working toward establishing a Bangladesh United Nations NGO. Cost is $25 per person and includes dinner, tax, and tip.

 (20) Tuesday, October 9, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Sichuan Palace Restaurant, 310 East 44th Street between First and Second Avenues. Speaker is Barry Farber, who has been his own talk-show host since 1960. He speaks 28 languages and can read, write, and speak in Russian, Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, Italian, and two dialects of Chinese. Currently, he is co-founder and VP of DayNet, America's fastest-growing talk-radio network. He has authored two books, Making People Talk, and How to Learn Any Language. His presentation will be on languages and how they relate to humanistic values. Cost is $25 per person and includes dinner, tax, and tip.

 (21) Tuesday, October 23, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for lively discussion and fellowship. All are invited to attend and bring their ideas.

 (22) Tuesday, November 13, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for lively discussion and fellowship. All are invited to attend and bring their ideas.

 (23) Tuesday, November 27, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Sichuan Palace Restaurant, 310 East 44th Street between First and Second Avenues. Speaker is Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who is in his sixth term of office, and is perhaps best known as a prominent member of the House Judiciary Committee. There, along with his role in defending individual rights and religious freedoms, the Congressman was a vigorous defender of the Constitution during the presidential impeachment hearings. Congressman Nadler's unwavering demand for bipartisan adherence to the Constitution earned him national praise. He will speak on "Campaign Finance Reform - How can We obtain It?" as well as "How Can We Get a Uniform Ballot System in our Country?" These are very important and timely topics! Cost is $25 per person and includes dinner, tax, and tip.

 (24) Tuesday, December 11, 2001: We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Moonstruck East Restaurant (upstairs), 449 Third Avenue at the southeast corner of 31st Street for lively discussion and fellowship. All are invited to attend and bring their ideas.

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