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Getting Free: The Human Struggle for Liberation; James Croft, EdD, Leader

February 7, 2021

Throughout human history we have struggled to liberate ourselves. Human beings have fought for freedom against oppressive governments, cultures, and situations for millennia. What does it mean to be liberated? What can we learn from the struggles of the past? What are the great struggles for liberation in our own time? And how can Humanists heed our calling to create a world in which the dignity of all is recognized – in which all people live free.

Expanding Students’ Minds; Darrion Cockrell, Missouri 2021 Teacher of the Year

January 24, 2021

Darrion Cockrell, who was recently named Missouri’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, will explore how his background and upbringing affected his view on life. He will explore how his own struggles lead him into teaching, and how he works to change the fixed mindsets of his students to something more expansive.

Expanding Our Idea of an Ethical Society; James Croft, EdD, Leader

January 17, 2021

For our annual Pledge Platform, Leader James Croft will examine how we have had to expand our own concept of our community in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and how we have worked to examine different ways to remain in community despite our building being closed. Be Inspired. Be Invested.

The Edge Effect – Diversity and Creativity; Louise Jett

January 10, 2021

Ecologically speaking, the edge effect results in greater diversity of life in a region where the edges of two adjacent ecosystems overlap, but social scientists also propose that the edge effect can help cultivate creativity in people who are exposed to different cultures. The edge effect may have been at play when some of our most revolutionary thinkers had creative breakthroughs, possibly even when Felix Adler founded Ethical Culture.

Expanding the Museum Experience; Myriam Springuel, Director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services

January 3, 2021

Myriam Springuel is the Director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Services (SITES) and Smithsonian Affiliations. For over 65 years, SITES, the largest traveling exhibition program in the world, has brought art and historical artifacts from the Smithsonian collection to communities across the US. SITES not only presents exhibitions in museums, science centers, and botanical gardens but also in nearly 2,000 rural communities since 1994 through the Museum on Main Street program. Myriam will explore how expanding the museum experience beyond the museum can help expand people’s minds.

The Ugandan Humanist Schools Trust: 7 Years of Commitment; Steve Hurd and Professor Hilary Hurd

December 6, 2020

For the past seven years the Ethical Society of St. Louis has supported the Ugandan Humanist Schools Trust. In that time, we have collectively donated almost $200,000 to schools and students in Uganda, helping fund student scholarships, provide needed supplies, and even build a new building. As we renew our commitment to the Ugandan Humanist Schools in a year of unprecedented challenges.

Bravo! – Recognition in the Workplace; Liz Croft

November 29, 2020

In the late 90s, British Airways undertook a review of the various reward and recognition schemes in place worldwide and consolidated them under a single, integrated scheme: Bravo! Bravo! was the response to a global survey of employee expectations regarding how BA should recognize the contribution of its employees to the success of the airline, beyond financial remuneration. It explored the differences between Motivation, Reward and Recognition and asked fundamental questions about what it meant to feel valued in the workplace – and beyond.

Liz Croft, who created Bravo!, will explore what we can learn about how to recognize others from her experience creating recognition schemes for one of the world’s iconic companies.

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.

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