Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York

The Corliss Lamont Chapter of the American Humanist Association

2015 Schedule - partial (thru July 23)

MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THE 2015 SEASON

Happy Humanist Second
Thursday
Fourth
Thursday
January (1) 22 (2)
February 12 (3) 26 (4)
March 12 (5) 26 (6)
April (7) 23 (8)
May 14 (9) 28 (10)
June 11 (11) 25 (12)
July (13) 23 (14)
Moonstruck East Restaurant, 449 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016-6026
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(1) Thursday, January 8, 2015: We will meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026 click here for map ].

The title of this event is "Children's Rights and Our Obligations to Future Generations".

Our guest speaker for this evening's chapter meeting is Seyn Laproyen, political philosopher, philosopher of art, theoretical scientist, and visual artist.

Seyn Laproyen (photo).Seyn tells us that it is undeniable that most members of our species do far more for our children than any other species, at least in terms of how much time is spend for their raising and further support in life. Sadly, for our times, it is also undeniable that our species is the number one culprit that is busy "fouling" our planet for countless living organisms, certainly including our children and future generations. Our speaker would like to invite all interested parties to come up with ideas to make sure that a) we do even more for our children and b) we cause far less harm to our children and our environment. In the form of proposals, Mr. Laproyen will offer an uncompromisingly global outlook on this subject.

Seyn Laproyen was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey, and has also lived in Istanbul. He learned English in his teenage years and has an interest in philosophy that dates back to his high school years. He traveled to Western Europe in the summer of 1983, visiting Paris and London, and came to the U.S. in the summer of 1988. His interest in children's rights form an indispensable part of his political outlook and he has chosen to remain child-free and has never regretted that decision.

Please note that because this meeting is being held in a restaurant, food and adult beverage of your choice will be available for purchase. To allow our speaker to be uninterrupted, let's do food service early, say until 7:15 or so. Because we must vacate the room at 9:00 PM, we can always eat later, downstairs. Some of us will always stay late. We can't stop sharing our Humanist Philosophy. Hoping to see you at the meeting!

Admission to this event is free, but annual HSMNY chapter membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged.

For questions, call Beth Lamont at 914-588-5284 or e-mail HSMNY Executive Director Stephen James.

You can RSVP (optional, but recommended) through Facebook or Meetup.

Moonstruck East Restaurant, 449 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016-6026
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(2) Thursday, January 22, 2015: There's a two-part HSMNY meeting this evening.

We will meet from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026 click here for map ].

This is for the purpose of "Current Issue" conversation.

Then we travel north to the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), located at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, New York, NY 10023-7183 click here for map ] to attend a 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM event entitled "Stand Up for Charlie Hebdo".

New York Society for Ethical Culture (logo).We are always faced with ethical dilemmas regarding freedom of information, justice and violence, etc. In responding to the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, we Humanists have much to say and that's why we wish to get together first, for this important purpose: for communication among ourselves and perhaps a proper plan of response. The NYSEC event will afford no opportunity for discussion or input from the audience as there's already a chosen panel discussion.

The NYSEC event, which will be held in the Auditorium, is described as follows:

Stand Up for Charlie Hebdo (poster)
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"Laughing Liberally presents an evening of standup comedy and conversation in support of Charlie Hebdo and freedom of comedic expression. 100% of the net proceeds will go to the families of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Hosted by political comedian Scott Blakeman (MSNBC), the show will feature performances by John Fugelsang, the host of Tell Me Everything on Sirius XM Radio 121, Frank Conniff, TV's Frank from Mystery Science Theater 3000, Dean Obeidallah, co-director of The Muslims Are Coming and host of The Dean Obeidallah Show on Sirius XM 121, Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, Katie Halper, co-founder of Laughing Liberally and co-host of Morning Jew, Julianna Forlano, host of The Julianna Forlano Show on WBAI, John Marshall, The Chris Rock Show, Jeff Kreisler, The Final Edition, Leighann Lord, co-host of StarTalk Radio, Ken Schultz, Jim David (Comedy Central special) and Gary Gulman (Letterman, Leno, Conan, Kimmel).

The panel discussion following the comedy performances will feature MAD Magazine Senior Editor Joe Raiola, National Lampoon editor and star of This Is Spinal Tap Tony Hendra, and The New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff."

Admission to the HSMNY meeting at the Moonstruck East Restaurant is free, but annual HSMNY chapter membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged. Tickets for "Stand Up for Charlie Hebdo" at the NYSEC are available via Eventbrite for $43.19 ($40.00 Admission plus $3.19 Fee).

So, let's be in the know and go with the flow! See you in one place or the other, or better yet, BOTH!

For questions, call Beth Lamont at 914-588-5284 or e-mail HSMNY Executive Director Stephen James.

You can RSVP (optional, but recommended) through Facebook or Meetup.

(3) Thursday, February 12, 2015: We will meet from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM with the Secular Humanist Society of New York (SHSNY) at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant, 18 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002-6803.

Come Celebrate Darwin Day with Us!

Golden Unicorn Restaurant.Dear friends of the HSMNY who usually meet at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, we hear there's more Winter Weather coming, but we're still hoping to see all of our old friends, as well as new ones, as we join the Secular Humanist Society of New York at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant for a Darwin Day Celebration! Let's consider sharing Darwin Day with as many of our Humanist Friends as possible, including the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Let's US Celebrate with THEM!

Photo of Charles Darwin.It's Time to Celebrate the Evolution of the Human Race! Are We Humans Still Evolving? What a question, when there's not much evidence of this hoped-for phenomenon these days! But the optimistic outlook is that technology for connecting with other Peace People around the world might eventually work in our favor! Let's hope?

It's the 206th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 27th Anniversary of the birth of the SHSNY. Abraham Lincoln was also born on this same day in 1809. Please see the the attached PDF file for a celebratory poem by Beth K. Lamont.

Admission to this event is $45.00 which includes a fantastic 13 course Chinese Banquet. A full description of the meeting can be found at the SHSNY Meetup Event page. For questions, call Beth Lamont at 914-588-5284 or e-mail HSMNY Executive Director Stephen James.

You can RSVP (optional, but recommended) through Facebook or Meetup.

Attachment (one-page PDF):
Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) file.  Celebrating_February_12th.pdf  (49,894 bytes).

(4) Thursday, February 26, 2015:

WHEN: 6:30 PM, meeting hosted by the NYC Atheists
WHERE: SLC Conference Center, 15 West 39th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
TITLE: Are We A Christian Nation?
SPEAKER: David Greenberg, Associate Professor of History, Journalism & Media Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey

(5) Thursday, March 12, 2015:

WHEN: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026
TITLE: The Arms Trade Treaty
SPEAKER: Ambassador Eden Charles of Trinidad and Tobago

(6) Thursday, March 26, 2015:

WHEN: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026
TITLE: Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations
SPEAKER: Pamela Timmins, Independent Filmmaker

(7) Thursday, April 9, 2015:

WHEN: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026
TITLE: Your own Relationship with the Humanist Philosophy
SPEAKER: Margaret Downey, Humanist Chaplain and Founder of The Freethought Society

(8) Thursday, April 23, 2015:

WHEN: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026
TITLE: End of Life Issues
SPEAKER: Janet Landis, President of Final Exit Network

(9) Thursday, May 14, 2015:

WHEN: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026
TITLE: Exploring the Goals and Values of Humanism
SPEAKER: Norman Roscoe, Humanist Activist, HSMNY Chapter Member, and Member of the Long Island Secular Humanists
ADMISSION: Free, but annual HSMNY chapter membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged.
RSVP (optional, but recommended): Facebook or Meetup

(10) Thursday, May 28, 2015:

WHEN: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026
TITLE: Conflict of Interest
SPEAKER: Stephen James, HSMNY Executive Director and Executive Producer at Creative Media Productions
ADMISSION: Free, but annual HSMNY chapter membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged.
RSVP (optional, but recommended): Facebook or Meetup

Video of the Thursday, May 28, 2015 HSMNY Chapter Meeting

The video above was shot at the Thursday, May 28, 2015, HSMNY Chapter Meeting and includes Steve James' Conflict of Interest presentation, followed by some comments from our videographer, Joe Friendly (1 hour 7 minutes 39 seconds).

The video can also be found on the YouTube Web site at the following URL.

Conflict of Interest, Steve James at Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJIE4V5CUkw

Downloadable 1280 by 720 (720p29.97) MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC/AAC-LC High-Def version:
Right-click and Save As... to download (1,102,197,414 bytes).
Play with your favorite multimedia player program. VideoLAN VLC media player recommended.

MPEG-4 logo.  HSMNY_2015-05-28_Stephen_James.mp4

(11) Thursday, June 11, 2015:

WHEN: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026
TITLE: Humanitarian Outreach/ATOP Meaningfulworld Ambassadors, 2015
SPEAKER: Pamela Timmins, Independent Filmmaker and MNN Producer
ADMISSION: Free, but annual HSMNY chapter membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged.
RSVP (optional, but recommended): Facebook or Meetup

Video of the Thursday, June 11, 2015 HSMNY Chapter Meeting

The video above was shot by our videographer, Joe Friendly, at the Thursday, June 11, 2015, HSMNY Chapter Meeting and includes Pamela Timmins' Humanitarian Outreach/ATOP Meaningfulworld Ambassadors, 2015 presentation, joined by Rick Hill (28 minutes 1 second).

The video can also be found on the YouTube Web site at the following URL.

Pamela Timmins at Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York (HSMNY) - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSGavxbP8YQ

Downloadable 640 by 360 (360p29.97) MPEG-4 AVC/AAC-LC wide-screen Standard-Def version:
Right-click and Save As... to download (179,925,526 bytes).
Play with your favorite multimedia player program. VideoLAN VLC media player recommended.

MPEG-4 logo.  HSMNY_2015-06-11_Pamela_Timmins.mp4

(12) Thursday, June 25, 2015:

WHEN: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026
TITLE: Ethical Action: A New Movement at New York Society for Ethical Culture
SPEAKER: Andra Miller, NYSEC past-president and co-chair of the new Ethical Action Committee
ADMISSION: Free, but annual HSMNY chapter membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged.
RSVP (optional, but recommended): Facebook or Meetup

(13) Thursday, July 9, 2015:

WHEN: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026
TITLE: Social Justice and a More Socialized Democracy
FORMAT: We order from the menu and socialize. We begin our program by 7:00 PM.
TOPIC: The kick-off for this discussion will be delivered by Beth K. Lamont, the widow of Corliss Lamont, who was, himself, a staunch advocate of a more Socialized Democracy. He was a Champion of Civil Liberties, and the author of The Philosophy Of Humanism. The discussion will address the need for Social Justice in this country, and will look at the positions of advocates like Bernie Sanders and other public figures. Various proponents and supporters are invited to join the discussion. All points of view are welcome. Come meet with other Humanists for what will surely be an interesting conversation, and tell about your own perspective, and share with others your own vision for our Democracy.
ADMISSION: Free, but annual HSMNY chapter membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged.
RSVP (optional, but recommended): Facebook or Meetup

(14) Thursday, July 23, 2015:

WHEN: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Upstairs private room at the Moonstruck East Restaurant, located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016-6026
TITLE: Positive Psychology
FORMAT: We order from the menu and socialize. We begin our program by 7:00 PM.
TOPIC: We'll see a great video on the subject of Positive Psychology with a discussion to follow. Sharing your own observations and life experiences is important to the group, so we're hoping to see you. Also, Dr. Ani Kalayjian and her team just returned from Haiti, and on Friday morning from 10 to 11 AM, a TV Interview with her will be shown on Joe Friendly's MNN program, Truth for a Change. This can be found on Channel 2 of Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
ADMISSION: Free, but annual HSMNY chapter membership ($25.00 singles / $35.00 couples) is encouraged.
RSVP (optional, but recommended): Facebook or Meetup

We're sorry to report that our Webmaster, who has been with us continuously since 1997, has suffered two severe injuries in the past two years and has subsequently retired. As a result, meeting notices following July 23, 2015 will not be posted to this site. Please see the HSMNY home page for additional information.

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