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Inequality in the United States; Mark Rank, PhD

March 24, 2019

This talk will discuss the causes and consequences of rising inequality in the United States. Mark Rank is Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. His most recent book, with long-time collaborator Thomas Hirschl of Cornell University, is Chasing the American Dream: Understanding the Dynamics that Shape Our Fortunes. This book explores the nature of the American Dream and the economic viability of achieving it through both extensive data analysis and in-depth interviews with a wide spectrum of modern Americans.

Darwin Day Evolution Celebration!; Claude Bernard, Daniel Sasson, Toni Wirts, James Croft, and Kate Lovelady

March 23, 2019

The theory of evolution by natural selection is now a cornerstone of science, and we are learning more about the process every day. For Ethical Humanists, evolution is fascinating for its own sake, but it also influences how we view humanity, our own lives and ethical values, and the rest of the natural world. So join us for this special Sunday—we will celebrate evolution through science, story, readings, and song; explore some of the emotions and questions that evolutionary theory raises; and talk about why evolution matters.

The Threats of Oligarchy and Dark Money to Democracy; Jeffrey Winters PhD

March 23, 2019

This recording is from the International Relations Lectures Series presented, for over 80 years, by the Tuesday Women’s Association and the American Association of University Women. The address is by Professor Jeffrey Winters.

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Professor Winters

Dr. Winters is an internationally recognized expert on oligarchy in the United States and Asia, among other countries. Currently, he is the chair of the department of Political Science, Professor, and the Director of the Equality Development and Globalization Studies Program ant Northwestern University in Evanston IL.


Information on the 2019 International Relations Lecture Series.

How to Humanize People; James Croft, EdD, Outreach Director

March 14, 2019

What does it mean to have dignity, and how can we respect the dignity of others? We can get a window into what it means to have dignity by looking at forms of dehumanization, times when people have had their dignity stripped from them – then try to do the opposite, and humanize them instead.

More Than Our Assumptions: What Are We Really Asking Of One Another?; F. Javier Orozco

February 24, 2019

In a world-culture that seems fascinated with communication and intersectionality, this reflection invites us to step back from our fast-paced cadence of life in order to examine more intentionally how human relationships and the desire for the common good demand greater self-awareness (honesty) and vulnerability (personal risk).

Javier Orozco is Executive Director of Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, overseeing the Office of Hispanic Ministry and the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

Drawing from his experience working across lines of religious difference, in this Platform Address he will share his experiences and thoughts on how we can build relationships with those who believe differently.

The Relationship of Caregiving; Kate Lovelady, Leader

February 17, 2019

Personal caregiving at home for family and friends used to be the only option for those who need extra assistance or help, whether temporarily or for life. Today there are professional options for caregiving both for services and housing, yet there are many ethical dilemmas involved in decisions about care: issues of cost and time, of fairness and priorities, increasingly of balancing multiple caregiving responsibilities. How should we approach such difficult and often heart-wrenching questions?

Where Are We Going?; James Croft, EdD, Outreach Director

February 3, 2019

For this, the second part of our annual Pledge Sunday Platforms, prepare to go big picture. We’ll explore where we seem to be going as a species, analyzing some of the challenges facing human beings as we approach the third decade of the third millennium; and we’ll ask where we are going as an Ethical Society, outlining some of the things we’d like to achieve and how we hope to achieve them.

We Are the Ethical Society; Kate Lovelady, Leader

January 27, 2019

It’s pledge time! Time to kick off the Ethical Society’s annual pledge campaign. This year’s campaign theme, “We Are the Ethical Society,” will highlight and share stories of members and remind us that it is individuals that together create a community and an institution. We will emphasize the humans in Ethical Humanism. Come learn more about this past year’s accomplishments, plans for the future, and how together we are the Ethical Society. Plus, hear the announcement of the fundraising total for the Uganda Humanist Schools project!

Advancing Health Equity in St. Louis and Beyond; Jason Purnell, PhD

January 20, 2019

Jason Purnell is Associate Professor at the Brown School of Washington University. His research focuses on how socioeconomic and sociocultural factors influence health behaviors and health outcomes and on mobilizing community action to address the social determinants of health. He currently leads Health Equity Works, the new name and expanded mission of the Brown School initiative previously referred to as For the Sake of All, which the Ethical Society learned about in a two-part Forum last month.

Where Do You Go When Things Fall Apart?; James Croft, EdD, Outreach Director

January 6, 2019

We all need support sometimes. Life doesn’t always go to plan, and when things fall apart, we need people we can turn to for help. But it can be difficult to ask for help: we fear the vulnerability of admitting we need support, or we may not have anyone in our lives we can trust with our weakness. How can we get better at asking for support when we need it, and how can we build a community that supports each other through life?

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