Fall 2013 Events
The Institute Invites the Community to a Mosaic of Various Faiths, Cultures and Relationships
"Many Points Of View"
Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 3 p.m., Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center
Father Robert Lauder, Ph.D., Professor, St. John's University, Philosophy Department
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Religious Life Advisor, Humanist Chaplain
Humanism serves the personal and social needs of people who rely on philosophies of existentialism and personalism. Professor Lauder will reflect on the insights of religious thinkers such as the Jewish personalist Martin Buber, the Roman Catholic existentialist Gabriel Marcel and the atheist Jean Paul Sartre. He will suggest that the most profound meaning of a human person, a being created by God has an intimate love relationship. This is the basis for moral values, a set of ideals and overall sense of purpose.
Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 3 p.m., Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center
Deacon Kevin McCormack; Principal, Xavier High School
Rabbi Paul Kushner, D.D.; Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Beth Am, Merrick/Bellmore
Philosophical Humanism is a way of looking at a way of life centered on human need and interest and basically relates to all faiths. It emerged out of Ethical Culture, Unitarism and Universalism, these are the basis for moral values, a set of ideals and overall sense of purpose. Our heritages have taken twists and turns. Misunderstandings and prejudices must become a thing of the past. Deacon Kevin McCormick will elucidate on various faiths. That is what he does on Sunday mornings when he speaks to the world via the radio! (770ABC)
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 3 p.m., Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center
Barbara Young, Ph.D.; English Department, Molloy College, Adjunct Professor of English
John Rafferty, President, Secular Humanist Society, New York
Salmon Rushdie states that there is an old conflict between secular view of the world and the religious view. The secular tradition is one of defiance, not manifested in other cultures and their mythology. A secularist can defy God. This has led to democracy, human rights and even protection of environment and animals. There are no saints, only a tradition of skepticism. Secularism has put reason above faiths and the belief maintains that all gods and ghosts are myths. Two speakers will express their views.
Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 3 p.m., Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center
Let's talk To each Other and Share Opinions
Round Table Discussions, everyone will be heard
A moderator at each table of eight participants will facilitate the discussion, not to impose ideas or beliefs or to change your mind. Learn from each other by talking, listening and sharing opinions. Spend an interesting hour or two with us and have an unforgettable experience. Enjoy refreshments while you get to know one another. Repeated by request from past participants.
Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 3 p.m., Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center
Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg, D.H.L., Congregation, Sons of Israel
Brian Quinn, Ph.D.; professor, Alfred University
This afternoon a literary scholar will lecture on the devotion to the humanities in the literary culture. The audience will hear about inspiring, socially conscious and personally meaningful writings that represent humanism at its finest.
The presenter will discuss literature that represents a devotion to humanism in arts, science, philanthropy, literary culture.
A question and answer period will follow each presentation.