In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we will view a video of the TED talk “How to Raise a Black Son in America” by Clint Smith. We will then follow up with a discussion on the state of civil rights in America and the Black Lives Matter movement.
WE REGRET THAT THE SOLSTICE CELEBRATION HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Join us for our annual potluck winter solstice celebration. All welcome!
Join members and friends of the community as we observe the Thanksgiving holiday together. 10:30 AM, 33 Garden St. Cambridge.
Joanna Slater, an award-winning journalist with Canada’s national newspaper, will deliver a firsthand account of Europe’s refugee crisis. Slater will discuss her travels through Hungary, Austria and Germany documenting the journeys of refugees, as well as the ongoing challenge that displaced people represent for Europe and the world.
Emily Wilson, MPH, MS, CHES, is Instructor of Public Health & Pre-Health Programs Advising Coordinator at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (MCPHS).
Exposure to traumatic events and adversity including violence, discrimination, and poverty can present major barriers to learning and achievement. This talk will explore some of these exposures in greater detail and context, and discuss some of the emerging practices in education to prevent, address, and respond using trauma-informed principles and ethical leadership strategies in education.
Live music with Carolyn McCrone, flute and Dustin Anthony Chung, clarinet.
Eloise Lawrence is Staff Attorney, Harvard Law School, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. She is a clinical instructor in community lawyering and a Lecturer on Law. She has represented tenants and homeowners in post-foreclosure evictions and worked with community organizers as part of Project No One Leaves.
No meeting on November 13 due to road race in Cambridge.
Dave Dorvillier is Program Director at YouthHarbors.
YouthHarbors is an agency that collaborates with school systems to support homeless high school youth. YouthHarbors has had success in supporting youth succeed in dealing with this challenge and its correlating factors of underemployment, under education, and chronic poverty. Everyone has the innate right to feel safe, stable, and valued.YouthHarbors was awarded a grant by the
YouthHarbors was awarded a grant by the Boston Ethical Community through its new grants initiative.
Professor Nathan H. Lents is Professor of Molecular Biology at John Jay College and Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York.
It is now clear that the various aspects of moral behavior in humans, from rules for fair exchanges to empathy and altruism have a long evolutionary history in the various lineages of social animals. To fully understand the nature of moral instincts and behaviors, it is necessary to understand the biological value of those instincts for individual animals.
In order to “activate” human morality and thus promote a more ethical society, it is necessary to understand the biological origin of moral behaviors and how they benefit individuals, not just societies as a whole.
Each year, the Boston Book Festival celebrates a local author and distributes a notable short story by the author. In the past three years, the Boston Ethical Community has held a discussion about the story during the week-end of the Festival.
This year’s selection is “The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link (click the link to download the PDF).
BEC will distribute copies of the story in weeks leading up to our discussion, or you can access copies at local bookstores.