Newsletter: Week of Dec 4, 2017

From the Executive Director

Greg Epstein

Bill O'Reilly. Roger Ailes. Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Louis C.K. Charlie Rose. Matt Lauer. And the list of famous and authoritative men falling into disgrace, their years of predation finally exposed, goes on and on. Maybe you've been shocked to see some of your own icons turn out to be so...flawed? Sick? Abusive? Or maybe the only thing you've found shocking about any of this is how long it took for so many of us to realize how bad the culture of toxic masculinity has been.

This is a critical time than ever to ask: what might a healthy, feminist masculinity look like in this day and age? This coming Sunday, the Humanist Hub is delighted to present a conversation with a unique authority on what it means to be a healthy man today: Dr. Tom Schiff, the founder and Director of the Men and Masculinities Center at UMass Amherst (one of only two US campuses to have established such a center) and the founder and Executive Director of Phallacies, Inc., a nonprofit organization that uses the dialogue and applied theater to promote conversation and action to support masculinities that are healthy for ourselves, our relationships, and our communities.

Tom Schiff, Ed.D. has over thirty five years of experience as an educator, counselor, trainer, and consultant working with boys and men on issues of health, leadership development, violence prevention, sexual harassment, sexism, and homophobia. In addition to his work with Phallacies, Inc. and the UMass Men and Masculinities Center, he has served as a trainer and consultant for organizations ranging from public school systems to small local non-profits to the NFL. He is also a faculty member in both the Social Justice Education program and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at UMass Amherst.
  1:30-3:00pm, 30 JFK Street.  Read more here.

November Town Hall Recap
On November 12, members of the community got together for a Town Hall to discuss where the Humanist Hub is going. Here are the meeting notes recapping what was discussed.

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Humanist Holiday Celebrations
The December 10 "Big Question Lab" meeting has been rescheduled. Our next family-friendly program will be the Humanist Holiday Celebration on Sunday December 24. Read more here.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction at the Hub
Wednesday nights at the Hub starting January 3, Shea Riester will be leading an MBSR class. Pre-registration is required.
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