Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York

The Corliss Lamont Chapter of the American Humanist Association

2010 Schedule

MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THE 2010 SEASON

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

(1) Tuesday, January 12, 2010: 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. The meeting is open to all.

Hoping to see you there!

Special Note:

Announcement of Tom Paine Meeting!
On Friday, January 29, 2010, the Greater New York City Chapter of the Bertrand Russell Society will join the Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York in a celebration of Tom Paine's birthday at the Tavern on Jane, 31 Eighth Avenue, at 7 PM. Several people will speak briefly about the significance of Tom Paine during his life and the relevance of his thought today — if you would like to speak, please let us add you to our list — and a video may be shown. The organizing committee consists of Beth K. Lamont for HSMNY and the two of us for BRS; if you have suggestions for the program, please share them with us.

Eric Walther, ericwalther1@juno.com
Tom Riggins, jtr2@nyu.edu

We hope that many of you can join us! If you know you can make it, please let us know; but also feel free to drop in on the spur of the moment.

Eric and Tom

(2) Tuesday, February 9, 2010: 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 ].

Welcome all, to a compatible group of Freethinkers who will be discussing current events, foreign policy, political affairs, and philosophy. Please bring your concerns and ideas. Light snacks are available. Hope to see you there!

Call Beth at 914-588-5284, if you wish, for details.

Obama: Change We Can Still Believe In?
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(3) Tuesday, March 9, 2010: In lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting, members of the Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York will be attending a panel discussion at the New York Society for Ethical Culture entitled, "Obama: Change We Can Still Believe In?". Please see Common Cause's description of the event below and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday night. For those who are available, we are meeting in the lobby at 6:30 PM to discuss a few topics related to our chapter.

"More than a year after a critical shift in American politics, where do we stand? A volatile economy, two prolonged global wars, and a domestic values war have created a moment of global economic flux and domestic uncertainty for the United States. The current administration has mammoth goals: to reform the healthcare system; to stabilize employment, the financial industry, and lending; to reform immigration; to boost military intervention in Afghanistan; to draw down troops in Iraq; and to begin paring down the deficit, to name just a few.

Join Common Cause New York, Demos, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and The Nation Institute for a public forum with leading journalists, policymakers, and scholars to discuss these and other salient issues. Panelists will provide original, incisive commentary on the administration's 2010 political, economic, and cultural agenda and its execution. What benchmarks or achievements would define a successful year, according not just to historians and experts, but to everyday citizens? This event invites audience members to contemplate their own measures for progress going forward, and to brainstorm their own complicit role, if any, in the success or failure of these achievements by the White House and Congress."

What: Panel Discussion on "Obama: Change We Can Still Believe In?"
Date: March 9, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM. Seating is first come, first served.)
Location: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, New York, NY
Admission: Admission to the Auditorium is free with a $10 suggested donation.

Panelists include Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation; Ben Smith, senior political writer at politico.com; Gretchen Morgenson, assistant financial editor and columnist at The New York Times; and Dr. Benjamin R. Barber, distinguished senior fellow at Demos and director of CivWorld at Demos. Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation and fellow at the New America Foundation, will serve as moderator.

For additional information about this event: please call 212-874-5210×144.

(4) Tuesday, April 13, 2010: In lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting, members of the Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York will be attending a panel discussion at New York University (NYU) entitled, "Can Market-Based Methods Really Solve Social Issues?". Demos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization headquartered here in New York, has provided the following description of the event.

"A new movement called philanthrocapitalism promises to save the world by applying a market-based perspective to various social and economic challenges. How well can this approach solve the complex and nuanced goals of fundamental social transformation? Some argue that philanthrocapitalism is a new and innovative way to breathe life and resources into the causes for which we advocate. Others maintain that business-based solutions are based on an entirely different set of principles, and will never inspire the collaborative spirit necessary for true change.

Join Demos, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, the Stern Business Ethics Society, and the Wagner Policy Alliance for an exciting debate on the role of business methods in philanthropy. Prominent scholars and practitioners will draw upon their expertise to discuss and debate the costs and benefits of philanthrocapitalism in tackling our toughest social problems, both in the US and globally."

What: Panel Discussion on "Can Market-Based Methods Really Solve Social Issues?"
Date: April 13, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: New York University, Lecture Hall 101 at 19 West 4th Street, New York, NY

Panelists include Michael Edwards, Distinguished Senior Fellows at Demos, Author of Small Change: Why Business Won't Save the World, and Visiting Scholar at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service; Devin Stewart, Director of the Global Policy Innovations Program at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and NYU Professor on Sustainability and Business Ethics; and Rex W. Mixon, Former Head of the Enforcement Division of the New York Stock Exchange and NYU Stern Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics.

For additional information about this event: please e-mail Jinny Khanduja.

While we usually meet in the Elliott Library at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, because we are not generating any income to offset the NYSEC's expenses for the use of their great space, that they have graciously offered us for many months now, when they are having other events, none is scheduled for our Humanist Tuesday, so we are not invited to meet there this month.

Our young new Activist Humanist, Michael Rose, whom you Folks will enjoy meeting, is dedicated to furthering Humanist Interests and promoting the HSMNY Chapter, had even suggested meeting at his own home when he learned that we'd sort of worn out our "freebie" welcome at NYSEC. He learned of the Humanist philosophy upon reading Good Without God by Greg Epstein. He wondered why he has not heard of us before. Good question! Where have we been? Even more important: where are we going?

We might have a social gathering before and after the event at NYU if others would be interested in doing this? This event requires an RSVP and if there are enough members who are interested, we might register in our HSMNY Chapter name. Please let us know.

Douglas Leen with President Richard M. Nixon at the White House as posted on Doug's Wall of Shame
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(5) Tuesday, May 11, 2010: 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 ].

40 years ago, in May 1970, a young man, Douglas Leen, along with a student delegation protesting our war in Southeast Asia, took 8,500 signatures to Washington, D.C. demanding an accounting of the U.S. presence there. This young man, still very vocal and Antiwar, but now a Vietnam Vet, was in D.C. again a few days ago to brief his Representatives.

Douglas Leen in Newsweek magazine article of May 25, 1970
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His cryptic comment on his travels: "I rarely fly sober due to a perilous flight back from Vietnam which involved a missing engine, flaming wing, 12,000-foot dive, a missing window and a buddy with a missing leg."

Doug and his partner, Martina, here from Alaska with their PowerPoint presentation of touring Antarctica, will be our featured guests at the meeting.

When we think of Alaska, we think of the melting glaciers and the plight of the Polar Bears; about new mentions in the news of the Exxon Valdes with the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill; and oh, of course, how could we forget? Sarah Palen!

Unlike Sarah, our guests are concerned with preserving wildlife and the ecology, especially the National Parks, even distributing posters and information at national gatherings about the Civilian Conservation Corps (which needs to be revived today). Among other humanistic concerns, Doug, who "is trying to retire from dentistry," still provides services to some of the remote villages in Rural Alaska.

Doug Leen maintains a blog where you can read about his adventures.

Along with other scattered Abercrombie descendants, he is in New York for a first-time Family Reunion to visit the 1926 Westchester Castle named ELDA for Elizabeth, Lucy, David and Abbott, the children of its builder.

Please bring Friends, along with your questions, concerns and comments, to a meeting that we expect will be our liveliest ever! Hoping to see you there!

Summer Hiatus Announcement

The Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York will be off on Summer Hiatus during the months of June through August, inclusive. Regularly scheduled meetings will resume in the Fall.

(6) Tuesday, September 14, 2010: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Room 508 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 discussing current events, foreign policy, political affairs, and philosophy — including the hotly-debated "Mosque Near Ground Zero" issue. Please bring your concerns and ideas. Light snacks are available. Hope to see you there!

Call Beth at 914-588-5284, if you wish, for details.

(7) Tuesday, October 12, 2010: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Room 508 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 discussing current events, foreign policy, political affairs, and philosophy — including Peace People and their use of computers and how they object to U.S. foreign policy. Note: You may be raided! Please bring your concerns and ideas. Light snacks are available. Hope to see you there!

Call Beth at 914-588-5284, if you wish, for details.

(8) Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 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 ].

Our special guest speaker will be Dr. Sheila Schwartz, Professor Emeritus, SUNY, New Paltz, who has just completed a biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald. She will discuss his humanist values and the Reader's Theatre play GATZ, based upon his novel, The Great Gatsby, which is now being performed by Elevator Repair Service at the Public Theatre thru November 28.

Light snacks are available. Hope to see you there!

(9) Tuesday, December 14, 2010: 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 discussing current events, specifically WikiLeaks and Julian Assange and the recent publication of leaked United States diplomatic cables. John Perry Barlow has been tweeting about this @JPBarlow and Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! show has covered Julian Assange's recent arrest in London.

Light snacks are available. Hope to see you there!

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