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How to Have Conversations in a World Full of Misinformation; Matthew Facciani, PhD

September 25, 2022

Misinformation continues to be a growing threat in our society. Why do we fall for misinformation and what can be done about it? In this lecture, I’ll briefly describe some of the sociology that explains our susceptibility for believing false information. Then I will focus on 5 steps that can allow us to have more productive conversations with those who have developed misperceptions. Finally, I will share a few examples of when I applied these strategies in my own life.

Matthew Facciani, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Notre Dame Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and he previously served as a postdoctoral researcher at Vanderbilt University in the Medicine, Health, and Society. He received a BA in psychology from Westminster College and MA and PhD in sociology from the University of South Carolina. His research areas include media literacy, misinformation, and political polarization. Facciani’s forthcoming book, Misguided, describes the psychological and sociological processes that explain why we are susceptible to political and health misinformation. Facciani is also interested in evidence-based policy and works with the Research-to-Policy Collaboration at Pennsylvania State University.

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Ethics and Journalism; Tony Messenger, Post-Dispatch Metro Columnist

September 18, 2022

Post-Dispatch Metro Columnist Tony Messenger will share some of the daily ethical challenges he faces as a journalist, and will explore how the profession might change in the future.

Tony Messenger is the Pulitzer Prize-winning metro columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2019 he won the Pulitzer in commentary for his series of columns on debtors’ prisons in Missouri. His first book: Profit and Punishment: How America Criminalizes the Poor in the Name of Justice, was published by St. Martin’s Press in December. Tony lives with his wife and two teenagers in Wildwood. He has four grown children and 9 grandchildren.

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Our Ethical Future; Leader James Croft, EdD

September 11, 2022

What future did you imagine growing up? Did you imagine we would have flying cars by now? Hoverboards, perhaps? Often, when we imagine the future, we focus on technology: the cool toys we will get to play with, the innovations which will make our lives easier. But what about our ethical future? What innovations in living together will we develop? And, more important, what are we doing now, which we shouldn’t be? Join James Croft for an inspirational exploration of the future of ethics!

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Casteism – What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?; Raji Laxman

August 28, 2022

Raji Laxman will offer an objective view of casteism, its origins and its societal impacts in India, drawing parallels to the similar “-ism”s and their impacts in the West. Born and raised in South India in a traditional and religious family, Raji moved to the United States in the mid 90s after her marriage. She has been a member of the Ethical Society for the past two years and has been working for Washington University in St. Louis for the past 16 years.

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Racism in Healthcare: Recognizing and Combating Implicit Bias; Nikki Nienhaus, DC

August 21, 2022

Nikki Nienhaus will offer a brief history of racism in American medicine, how it has evolved and changed, and what the outlook is moving forward. She will include practical ways that individuals can recognize their own biases as well as those of the healthcare workers they encounter, and begin to change them. And lastly, she will offer actions that can be taken to create change on the global level.

Dr. Nikki Nienhaus has been practicing as a chiropractor since 2016, both in private practice and as the chiropractor at Jamaa Birth Village, St. Louis’ first Blackowned midwifery clinic. Nikki and her husband Kyle have been members at the Ethical Society since 2013. They have one daughter, Lorelai.

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Fishes, Forests, and Indigenous Amazonian Peoples; Jonathan Hill, PhD

August 14, 2022

Jonathan describes his start with the Ethical Society, his current situation, and anthropology.

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Abortions Post-Roe; Allison Hile, MA

August 7, 2022

No Roe in MO! Allison Hile, an expert in the fields of abortion care and sexual health education, will answer your burning questions: How could this have happened? What are people doing now? What can I do? And a few positive things on the horizon! Allison Hile has a master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in human sexuality. She is the retired executive director of a statewide organization training adults to be better sexuality educators. She has worked in the fields of abortion care and sexual health education for over 30 years. She is a founding board member of the Missouri Abortion Fund and their current board secretary. Allison and her husband are longtime members of the Ethical Society of St. Louis.

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How Can We Live Our Values When Others Won’t?; Leader James Croft, EdD

July 31, 2022

We live in a world, and a nation, beset by enormous challenges. Rising extremism, political dysfunction, and social polarization have created an increasingly mean and rancorous public square. Events like the overturning of Roe v. Wade suggest that American society is moving further from the progressive ideals the Ethical Society represents, while the attack on the Capitol showed how sick American democracy is. In such a challenging climate, how can Ethical Humanists live their values? Should we fight fire with fire, or should we be peacemakers?

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Refuse to Be Silent – Stand Up & Fight For Democracy; Hon. Stacey Newman

July 17, 2022

How Missourians of all stripes must be vocal and involved in protecting our democracy and not wait for anyone else to save it, including real-world tips on putting yourself in the activist and legislative arena. Stacey Newman condenses ProgressWomen’s popular long-running statewide #GOV101 series into urgent doable actions, compelling you to get off the couch and do something while you still can.

Hon. Stacey Newman is the executive director of ProgressWomen, a statewide social justice group focused on justice and equality issues. She served nine years as a legislator in the Missouri State House, retiring in 2019. Stacey has been a long-time activist in protecting abortion/reproductive and voting rights and for gun violence prevention.

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Lessons of Hope from the Teaching Profession; Missouri’s 2022 State Teacher of the year James Young

July 10, 2022

Life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect, for better or for worse. However, through it all there is always hope- and a reason to look ahead. Persevering through challenges and finding purpose and meaning in serving others becomes the true measure of success. Teaching has been a journey of finding the joy in fulfilling the calling of a lifetime while learning my own invaluable lessons.

James Young is a music teacher at the Johnson-Wabash 6th Grade Center in Ferguson and Missouri’s “Teacher of the Year” for 2022. Young served in the United States Army before returning to school to become a teacher. His military service included membership in the U.S. Army Chorus during his tour in South Korea. Young has fifteen years of teaching experience with the majority of time spent in the Ferguson-Florissant School District where he has taught Middle School Band, Guitar, Music Appreciation, General Music and a co-taught Musical Theater class. He has worked with organizations including St. Louis Dancing Classrooms, St. Louis Classical Guitar, Strings Attached and LIFE Arts Inc. to help bring high quality arts education to his students. Young believes in being an example and positive influence for future generations through his work as a teacher in the community. He resides in Ferguson with his wife and seven children, and is a graduate of the district.

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