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2020 Ethics in Action Award: Gary Morse, PhD

November 20, 2020

The Ethical Society of St. Louis is delighted to present its annual Ethics in Action Award to Gary Morse, PhD, honoring his work with Places for People. Places for People was founded 47 years ago in response to the then new federal policy of deinstitutionalization, which moved patients living in mental institutions back into the community. Today, Places for People serves more than 2,000 people annually, offering an individualized approach to health and healing. In this special ceremony Dr Brian Vandenberg, Joe Yancey, Bernadette Stapleton, and Dr Morse will speak about his work.

Confronting the Megacrisis: The Danger We’re In and Our Power to Make Changes; James Croft, EdD, Leader

November 8, 2020

Our society is beset by numerous interlinked crises: political dysfunction, economic collapse, and environmental degradation combine to make a megacrisis. How can we honestly recognize the danger we are in as a nation and as a global community, while maintaining the sense of hope and efficacy required for us to make a difference?

How Conflict Feeds Connection; Christian Hayden, Leader in Training

October 25, 2020

The difficult parts of most relationships begin when there is growing tension around certain threshold issues and a lack of skills around how to engage them. But instead of looking at it as a win/loss, how might we turn conflict into a way to grow relationships, instead of break them down? Join Leader Intern Christian Hayden as he discusses this topic.

Other People Are Not You: How to Really Listen; James Croft, EdD, Leader

October 18, 2020

One of the most challenging elements of effective communication is listening. It seems simple – what could be easier than not speaking while someone else talks? But true listening is difficult. To get inside the minds of other people requires us to understand that they are not the same as we are, and that requires a lot of effort and communication skills.

Linguistic Profiling; John Baugh, PhD

October 11, 2020

John Baugh is Professor of Psychology, Anthropology, Education, English, Linguistics, and African and African-American Studies at Washington University. Baugh’s primary research interest has been the social stratification of linguistic behavior in multicultural and multilingual nations. In addition to his linguistic research, Professor Baugh directs the African and African-American Studies program, which strives to advance distinguished scholarship of and by people of African descent regardless of academic discipline.

Science, Scientism and the Role of Philosophy and Religion; Stephen Law

September 27, 2020

Stephen Law is formerly reader and head of department in philosophy at Heythrop College University of London. He holds BPhil and DPhil degrees in philosophy from the University of Oxford where he was also a junior research fellow for three years. He has researched and published in metaphysics, epistemology, mind, philosophy of religion, and later Wittgenstein. His popular books include A Very Short Introduction to Humanism, The Philosophy Gym, and (for 12-adult) The Complete Philosophy Files. Stephen will be talking about science, scientism, the role of philosophy and religion, and what we can establish, if anything, from the comfort of our armchairs.

Socrates and the Pig; James Croft, EdD

September 20, 2020

What does it mean to live an examined life? What parts of our life need we examine, and how? As we enter our year on The Examined Life, we will begin by asking how philosophical and spiritual examination of our lives can enrich us.

Ethical Humanism and Judaism; James Croft, EdD, Leader

September 2, 2020

While most Ethical Society members know that Felix Adler, the founder of the first Ethical Society, was the son of a rabbi and grew up Jewish, we rarely talk about the relationship between Ethical Humanism and Judaism. In this Platform – the first of a new annual series exploring the similarities between Ethical Humanism and other religious traditions – James Croft will trace the Jewish roots of Ethical Humanism and show how our philosophy drew heavily on the Reform Judaism of Felix Adler’s upbringing.

Life Expectancy in our Apocalyptic Age; Brian Vandenberg, PhD

August 23, 2020

When will things return to normal? Will they return? What is normal, anyway? We are in the midst of dramatic changes that pose fundamental questions about our life expectancies. See Brian’s blog for the text of this presentation.

Before retiring, Brian spent 37 years as a Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, served as Director of the Graduate Clinical Psychology Program, and published extensively on topics at the intersection of psychology, science, religion and existential concerns. He continues pursuing these issues in his blog, Decembersongs.com. Brian has been a member of the Ethical Society for over 15 years.

Let’s Tackle Loneliness One Friendship at a Time; Louise Jett

August 16, 2020

As a child, Leader-in-Training Louise Jett befriended a gruff stranger who lived next door. Their friendship remains close to her heart today. During this Platform, she will explore how humans crave connection and how we can tackle the loneliness epidemic one friend at a time, even during a pandemic.

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