Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York

The Corliss Lamont Chapter of the American Humanist Association

2009 Schedule

MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THE 2009 SEASON

Happy Humanist Second
Tuesday
Fourth
Tuesday
January 13 (1)   
February 10 (2) 24 (3)
March 10 (4)   
April 14 (5)   
May 12 (6)   
June (7)   
July 14 (8)   
August 11 (9)   
September (10)   
October 13 (11)   
November 10 (12)   
December (13)   

(1) Tuesday, January 13, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

Bring your ideas and issues that are of great interest to you for discussion.

Have you heard of the lawsuit by the American Humanist Association that will be heard on that very day, January 13th, to prohibit religious involvement in the actual Presidential Inauguration. What's with the hand on the bible, anyway? Shouldn't it actually be a copy of the U.S. Constitution? What do you say? Please be sure to bring any friends who might be interested in participating. The meeting is open to all.

Hoping to see you there!

(2) Tuesday, February 10, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

The meeting is open to all. We hope to see you there!

(3) Tuesday, February 24, 2009: We will meet at 6:30 PM at Wild Ginger, a Thai restaurant located at 51 Grove Street between Bleecker Street and Seventh Avenue South click here for map ] in the West (Greenwich) Village, for dinner and conversation. Humanist literature and books will be available for distribution.

The meeting is open to all. We hope to see you there!

(4) Tuesday, March 10, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

The meeting is open to all. We hope to see you there!

(5) Tuesday, April 14, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

The meeting is open to all. We hope to see you there!

(6) Tuesday, May 12, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

A Humanist Roundtable Discussion will take place, where Humanist literature and books are available. Please come and join in conversation with like-minded free thinkers. Please bring your own concerns for discussion.

One suggestion for discussion has been, in honor of Charles Darwin, the question of whether or not there is hope for further Evolution of Human Beings. Given the extent of self-knowledge that Science is exploring, may it eventually become possible for us Humans to develop more ethical responses to societal problems and to international relations? Or are we locked into what is claimed to be "Human behavior?" What say you? The Astronomer, Harlow Shapley mused that Earthlings might wake up and work together if Mars made war on us.

Another subject for discussion will be a new Program dedicated to promoting consensus-making techniques. Rick Ulfik, Founder and Chair of We, The World, has worked with various organizations and coalitions around the world to produce and promote collaborative initiatives and events for peace, sustainability and transformation. He will be presenting information about an important new Program called "Be The Change". This is a course in Heart-Centered Leadership that will be starting on May 13th, the evening after our own meeting. Rick is inviting others to join him for this series of ongoing studies. Here is contact information to learn more: phone 646-201-9226, or e-mail bethechange@wetheworld.org.

Hoping to see you at the Humanist Meeting; bring Friends. Meet congenial people, share ideas, make plans!

(7) Tuesday, June 9, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

This meeting will be dedicated to celebrating the life and works and inspiration of hero Thomas Paine but, please note, if you wish to participate in all of the celebrations, some will be taking place before this meeting, so check the activities schedule below.

Our special speaker, and newest Chapter Member, at this month's HSMNY meeting, will be Dr. Joyce Chumbley, who is with a group called the Thomas Paine Friends, Inc. Dr. Chumbley will have copies of her book, Thomas Paine: In Search of the Common Good, about the Thomas Paine Colloquium that took place at the United Nations in 1987. Dr. Chumbley edited this book along with her colleague, Leo Zonneveld, who was an organizer of the original U.N. event.

Introducing Dr. Chumbley will be Professor Thomas Riggins, Chapter President, who suggests that attendees and participants had better do their homework by researching The Age Of Reason or by bringing their copy to the meeting, as he plans to test us while making his own Tom Paine presentation, before introducing our speaker.

Here are some activities scheduled for the Thomas Paine Bicentennial, hoping you'll wish to participate:

About the Tom Paine Park, how appropriate that it is a convergence place for protests and the site of many peace and justice demonstrations near the Courts in Manhattan. I have been calling it Foley Square, and not realizing that it is also the Thomas Paine Park. This fact is not well known, but sure enough, upon searching, I found a bust of his likeness near the corner of Centre and Worth Streets.

A plan in which you may wish to participate and help to promote, in this celebration of Tom Paine's contributions to the Freedoms in this country, which are still in serious jeopardy, we hope will be the planting of a Liberty Tree as part of a ceremony in the Park. By adding your request for such a tree, you may help to convince the Parks Department. The City encourages the planting of trees. See the New York City Web site MillionTreesNYC for information as to how we might be instrumental in making this happen.

Hoping to see you on June 9th or better yet, at one or more of the Tom Paine Celebrations!

(8) Tuesday, July 14, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

The meeting is open to all. We hope to see you there!

Announcement: Photos and other materials related to the celebrations held at Thomas Paine Park at Foley Square in New York on June 8, 2009 have been posted on our newly-created Thomas Paine Bicentennial page. Sincere thanks are extended to those who participated and made this very special day possible.

(9) Tuesday, August 11, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

So many things that are quite significant to Humanists are current events; come and discuss with compatible others, the issues that are uppermost in your thoughts these days. This ought to be an earthshaking time of great changes; the moment is just right with the convergence of so many systems that are now shown to be flawed and fallible, but what is actually happening? Where is our great groundswell of public response, demanding that changes in the best interest of the people actually are enacted by Congress and carried out?

The commemoration observance of one of the most shameful acts of U.S. foreign policy, the bombing of civilian populations, and the resultant renewed dedication to a peaceful world, with pledges that never again must this happen, when, to our further shame it is still going on at this moment. The words are so pitiful and puny in the face of the still-extant war machinery that continues to execute U.S. "policy" that is indeed "foreign" to the wishes of the majority of ethical persons.

What say you? What are we going to do...to make changes? Let's be in-cahoots! We Humanists need each other.

(10) Tuesday, September 8, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

The meeting is open to all. We hope to see you there!

(11) Tuesday, October 13, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

The meeting is open to all. We hope to see you there!

(12) Tuesday, November 10, 2009: We will meet at 6:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

Hello Humanists and newcomers who are interested in attending the HSMNY Chapter gathering on Tuesday evening November 10th, we welcome you to join us, especially if you wish to meet with other Humanists at 6pm in the 5th floor library.

On this special occasion, however, after our brief chance to visit, we will then attend the important discussion that begins at 7pm in the main Auditorium. We have been especially invited by the Ethical Society officials and our attendance is appreciated. Here is the information:

HEALTH CARE REFORM: HOW REAL AND AT WHAT PRICE?

While Congress moves closer to a pivotal vote on health care reform, there is still confusion and tension around what reform will actually mean. Join us for "Health Care Reform: How Real and at What Price"?

Speakers are: U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York's 9th District; Dr. Laura S. Boylan, Board Member, Physicians for a National Health Program; Cheryl Mathias, Senior Vice President for Health Strategies, AARP; and Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, National Campaign Coordinator, Healthcare Equality Project, SEIU.

The conversation will focus on the many questions that surround this complex issue. What will it cost? Will coverage be universal? Will there be a negative effect on current programs like Medicare? Will there be a private option? Are we merely tweaking a bad system? How do we go forward when there isn't even a consensus about the most basic question of all: Is health care a fundamental right?

Admission is FREE, doors open at 6:30pm. Arrive early. For more information, please call Julie Blutstein at 212-874-5210 x144.

(13) Tuesday, December 8, 2009: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Elliott Library, Room 507, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West click here for map ].

We will be screening Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi, a superb 57-minute documentary produced by the Seed Savers Network in Australia.

The meeting is open to all. We hope to see you there!

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