Calendar

Jul
3
Sun
Frederick Douglass: What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Frederick Douglass: What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

On July 5, 1852, the great orator Frederick Douglass delivered a speech on the “Meaning of the Fourth of July,” now considered one of the best speeches of the 19th century.  Twelve years before the Civil War, and speaking as a man who had escaped enslavement, he pondered the meaning of celebrating independence when many were not free, were not even considered full human beings and citizens.

Join us as we listen to excerpts from the speech, and then consider together the impact of Douglass’ words not only on his audience in 1852 but on us today.  How relevant are his words in today’s American culture?  Our hope is that we are a place where we can have conversations about race, racism and racial justice that just aren’t happening very many places.

Jul
10
Sun
Relating to People With Different Experiences of Life
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Relating to People With Different Experiences of Life @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States

Want to enlarge your own and others’ capacity to talk openly and honestly about difficult issues related to race and other dimensions that are used in our larger culture to exclude, “other,” and discriminate? Interested in building skills and opportunities for developing authentic relationships across differences? Through sharing our personal stories in small groups, pairs and sometimes in the larger circle, we’ll continue our summer conversations about race, racism and racial justice.

Nov
9
Wed
Enhanced Discussion: Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry on Hubert Harrison
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Enhanced Discussion: Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry on Hubert Harrison @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Hubert Harrison Orator, Thinker and Writer

Radical Intellectual Giant of the Early 20th Century Widely Recognized as a Genius in his Day! Intellectual Progenitor of Radical Black Thought which directly seeded the thinking of Marcus Garvey, Arthur Schomberg and Malcolm X among others
Whose words stimulated Radical Black Awareness, the Harlem Renaissance
From Black Consciousness to Black Nationalism and International Radical Prospectives for the Black Man in America and in Africa
Why is he unsung? Why isn’t his name resounded in the halls of Black and American History?

Learn more about Hubert Harrison by watching the video at: https://youtu.be/2Gq77rOuZck

Jan
22
Sun
Uncommon Heroes
Jan 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Uncommon Heroes @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Clergy Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will introduce you to her top 25 ethical heroes, some of whom you may know, some may be new to you.  What is an ethical hero?  What qualities can we culture in ourselves and our children to help us be more like our heroes?

Jun
14
Wed
Enhanced Discussion: An Evening with John Liu
Jun 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Enhanced Discussion: An Evening with John Liu @ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Currently teacher of municipal finance and public policy at CUNY & Columbia University
First Asian-American to hold a citywide office 43rd
Comptroller of the City of New York (2010 – 2013)
Former Candidate for the City Mayoralty.

A brilliant financial manager for the City of New York.
Secured more than $5 billion Increased the city pension portfolio to $150 billion.
Oversaw the city’s annual budget of $70 billion Initiated “CheckbookNYC.com, a transparent means to explain and review government spending.
A champion of fairness and equality – an opponent of stop-and-frisk.
Critiquing our political world today.
It’s not just about numbers, it’s about people. . .
” A man surely missed in the city’s political life today!

Light refreshments