December 4: Emily Wilson, “Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning: Ethical Educational Leadership for Today’s Highly Stressed World”

EmilyWilsonEmily 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.

November 6: Dave Dorvillier, “YouthHarbors: Housing, School, and Success”

Dave Dorvilier YouthHarbors Program DirectorDave 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.

October 30: Nathan Lents, “From Reciprocity to Empathy: The Evolutionary Value of Morality”

ProfessNathanHLentsor 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.

October 16: Boston Book Festival, “One City, One Story”

onecityonestoryEach 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.