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Jan
26
Sun
The Encampment for Citizenship – An Experience in Participatory Democracy
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Encampment for Citizenship - An Experience in Participatory Democracy @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

The Encampment for Citizenship, founded in 1946 by Ethical Culture Leader Algernon D. Black and Alice (“Nanny”) Pollitzer, a prominent civic leader, offered an opportunity for “young adults of many religious, racial, social and national backgrounds” to learn “the principles and techniques of 2 citizenship… through lived experience.” Black believed that young people could be a positive force in their communities if they developed critical thinking skills, youth activism, leadership qualities, and the courage to break free from stereotypes. Eleanor Roosevelt, long-time chair of The Encampment board of sponsors, often hosted students for discussions, workshops and barbeques at her Hyde Park estate. When the program was attacked by McCarthyite forces in the early 1950s, she defended it vigorously. “The reason I think these Encampments are so important,” she wrote, “is that they are attended by citizens of different races and groups. They prepare people for thinking in terms of all people and not in terms of a selected few. Not only we in the U.S., but people all over the world, need young people trained to be good citizens with an ability to think with an open mind.”

Anne Klaeysen recently retired as Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture where she served since 2008. She continues to be Humanist Chaplain at New York University and Ethical Humanist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University, and teaches at the Center for Education  (formerly the Humanist Institute) of American Humanist Association. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling from Hebrew Union College.

Feb
2
Sun
Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice
Feb 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Speaker:
Lana Dee Povitz and Kathy Goldman
Presider: Rebecca Lurie
Featuring Music by:
The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus

Author Lana Dee Povitz talks with the book’s most featured protagonist, Kathy Goldman. The stories touch the range of free school lunch, breakfast and summer food programs to the origins of the Park Slope Food Coops and God’s Love, We Deliver. Feeding people in need may seem like a charitable act. And getting good food to people at good prices may be part of a sustainable practice. But the book and the stories go further to illustrate that when done in connection to the broader view of our unjust political and economic system, getting people fed is directly tied to a movement to end poverty and for economic justice. We will explore through a personal lens what we can do when we espouse notions of “good food”.

Visit https://uncpress.org/ to purchase a copy of Stirrings, use discount code 01DAH40.