Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia
1906 South Rittenhouse Square, (215) 735-3456,
Sunday Platforms

Weekly Ethical Society meetings are at 11 AM Sundays. Our Platforms are free and open to the public. A coffee hour follows for discussion and conversation.

The Sunday Ethical Education for Kids (SEEK) is a program for elementary-school-age children and early adolescents. In March, SEEK will be meeting during platforms on the 5th and 19th. If you have questions, please contact Nick Sanders.

Free street parking is available if a permit is displayed on your dashboard. You can get a permit from the Society's office.

March 5, 2017, 11:00 AM
Fragility and Resilience
Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader, Philadelphia Ethical Society

There are many times when as individuals, or as a country, we have felt fragile. Times can be hard, and the strengths we rely upon can slip from our grasps. We can be knocked down. How do we get back up? How do we go on? What is resilience, and from where does it spring? Hugh Taft- Morales explores the importance of the trait of resilience in surviving health challenges, national crises, and ecological threats. At a time when many are feeling grave uncertainty about the future, maybe paradoxically it is in our very fragility that resilience is born.

March 12, 2017, 11:00 AM (Note: Beginning Daylight Savings Time)
Helping Neighbors South of the Border
Sylvia Metzler and Garry O'Rourke, members of the Philadelphia Ethical Society

Two PES members will discuss their experiences working on social action projects in Latin America. Sylvia Metzler, who has traveled to Nicaragua for a number of years, will discuss her recent trip to Nicaragua to provide medical care through Medicines for Nicaragua (MedNica) as well as her observations about political change in that country. Garry O'Rourke will discuss his work with Manos Amigas (Friendly Hands), a medical/dental clinic in an underserved region of Honduras which was started ten years ago by a Chester County dentist and businessman, and sees almost 20,000 patients per year.

March 19, 2017, 11:00 AM
Spring Festival
Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader, Philadelphia Ethical Society

On the day before the spring equinox, come celebrate at our annual Spring Festival. Ethical Humanists commit to protecting the amazing, delicate and rare balance that allows life to flourish. Come enjoy music, poetry and prose to help inspire gratitude and encourage radically more sustainable attitudes and life styles.

March 26, 2017, 11:00 AM
Paying The Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, And The Betrayal Of The American Dream
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies, Temple University

If you are a young person, and you work hard enough, you can get a college degree and set yourself on the path to a good life, right? Not necessarily, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, and in this talk she will show exactly why. Quite simply, college is far too expensive for many people today, and the confusing mix of federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid leaves countless students without the resources they need to pay for it. Goldrick-Rab will reveal the devastating effect of these shortfalls: huge numbers of students drop out of school every year not with a degree, but with crippling debt. To fix this problem, she will offer a range of possible solutions, from technical improvements to the financial aid application process, to a bold "first degree free" program. What's not an option is doing nothing, and continuing to crush the college dreams of a generation of young people.

Sara Goldrick-Rab is co-editor of Reinventing Financial Aid: Charting a New Course to College Affordability and has written on education issues for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Dr. Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies at Temple University and in 2016 was named by Politico as one of the fifty most important "doers, thinkers, and visionaries transforming American politics." Follow her on Twitter: @saragoldrickrab

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