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WildCare Park and the Evolution of Our Zoo; Jeffrey Bonner

December 5, 2021

The Zoo is at a turning point in its 112-year history. It is preparing to embark on its biggest fundraising effort ever. The Zoo is in the midst of creating a whole institution in WildCare Park and for the first time in 20 years, the Zoo will have a new president. Finally, we know that we have much to do if we are to maintain the high standard of our Forest Park campus. This presentation will focus on this inflection point and will speculate on the Zoo’s future.

Jeffrey Bonner has led the Zoo for 20 years as the Dana Brown President and CEO. Prior to that he led the Indianapolis Zoo and prior to that he was part of the team that created the new St. Louis Science Center. He is a Burgess Fellow, a Traveling Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and the recipient of the National Research Service Award. He is a graduate of Fort Zumwalt High School in O’Fallon, Missouri, the University of Missouri, and Columbia University in the City of New York. He is the author of a book on zoos entitled Sailing With Noah.

What IS Medical Business Ethics, and Why Does It Matter? Katherine Mathews, MD, MPH, MBA

November 28, 2021

Katherine Mathews will tell the story behind the creation of the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics at Saint Louis University. She will then discuss the Center’s innovative curriculum for training medical students to be positive change agents and leaders within the complex US healthcare industry. Through this curriculum, students learn about financial drivers within healthcare where every dollar spent is someone else’s dollar of revenue or profit. Students also work in teams and use cases to practice foundational skills for professional development and ethical leadership.

With a background in public health, research, healthcare administration, and direct patient care, Katherine Jahnige Mathews, M.D., MPH, MBA, is a Saint Louis University School of Medicine professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health. She also serves as director of education for the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics. In 2020 she launched an innovative required curriculum for first- and second-year medical students called Leadership and the Business of Medicine. This curriculum has been developed with and for students and is grounded in explicit reflection about the values that inform our actions and sense of right and wrong.

Carbon Pricing and Climate Change; Tim Ely

November 14, 2021

We will discuss carbon fee & dividend in relation to other climate change solutions. Then we will give an update of what’s going on with carbon pricing and other climate change legislation in Congress (including what may or may not be in the reconciliation bill). We will also briefly cover carbon border adjustments, and implications for US trade now that EU is starting to implement border adjustments. Time permitting, we will also touch on COP26.

Tim Ely is co-leader of the St. Louis chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and works in the medical device industry.

Learning from Someone You Hate; James Croft, EdD

November 7, 2021

How do you learn from people you hate? Not just disagree with, not just have conflict with, but actively hate? James Croft has been there: in his first proper job he was paired with a mentor whom he hated – and who he is pretty sure hated him too. Yet somehow they were able to learn from each other. How can we learn to do this in our own lives – and should we?

Self-censoring of teachers on topics related to power, oppression, and equity; University City Schools Teacher of the Year Christina Grove

October 17, 2021

Christina Grove is an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Brittany Woods Middle School, and this year became the District’s Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy Facilitator because of her unwavering passion and conviction for racial equity and justice. Earlier this year Christina was named “Teacher of the Year” for The School District of University City.

Communicating Fairly and Kindly; Jim Reeves

October 10, 2021

Jim Reeves is a professional mediator and facilitator with 29 years of experience helping people have conversations, finding root causes of conflict, and building solutions for productive working relationships. Jim holds a BS from the University of Central Missouri; a JD from St. Louis University; and an LLM in Conflict Management and Organizational Leadership from the University of Missouri. He is the principal and founder of ClearBridge Consulting, which helps people live and work together more effectively through mediation, facilitation, ombuds, and negotiation and conflict coaching services.

The Ultimate Kindness; James Croft, EdD, Leader

October 3, 2021

What is the greatest kindness you have ever received? How did it affect you and what did it mean to you? In this Platform James will talk about the greatest kindness he has ever received, and examine what this can tell us about kindness as a virtue.

Stepping Out of Our Out-of-Step Lives; Adam Rosen and Rob Rosen

September 26, 2021

What does it mean to face the world every single day, knowing it was not designed for you; how you process information, take in your environment, or cope with the demands of a society too face paced for you to keep up with. How is it possible to have a disability and not be in a wheelchair, to have a college degree but get turned down by every job interview, or to be able to compose an original musical but not be able to perform math above a six-grade level. In this program, presenters Rob and Adam Rosen are proud to discuss the joys and struggles of being neurodivergent and what it takes to step out of an out-of-step life.

Adam Rosen is a St. Louis-based composer, performer, and published author. His essay, “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Faygelah” was published in the 2004 anthology Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer. Adam’s first professionally produced show, Asperger’s: A High-Functioning Musical debuted to critical acclaim at the 2013 St. Lou Fringe Festival. Adam was diagnosed with high-functioning autism (level one) at thirty-seven years old. In 2017 Adam co-organized the first Community Autism Expo in the history of the St. Louis County Library. He was most recently interviewed for the 2020 anthology, Our Autistic Lives the first anthology devoted exclusively to the lives of autistic adults across the life span.

Rob Rosen is a graduate of Missouri Baptist University with a degree in Ministry and Leadership. He was diagnosed with ‘educational autism’ at the age of sixteen. In the last three years, Rob met the love of his life, got married, and with the love and support from his his family, bought a house together with his husband. In the future Rob wants to use his degree to help the LGBTQ community understand the needs of those who are neurodivergent.

The Playbook for Community Empowerment; Charli Cooksey

September 19, 2021

Charli Cooksey, founder and CEO of WEPOWER.

Where We’ve Been; Where We’re Going; Leader James Croft, EdD

August 29, 2021

Prior to our planned reopening in September, James will look back over the 18 months the Ethical Society has been closed, and chart a course for the coming year. After a period of retraction and self-protection, our community prepares to welcome people once again: what can we learn from what we’ve been through, and what do we hope to achieve together?

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