Organized Humanist Responses to Crises

A session at American Humanist Association 73rd Annual Conference

Friday 6th June, 2014

10:00am to 11:30am (EST)

Following the Newtown shooting, Samuel Freedman wrote a New York Times article entitled, “In a Crisis, Humanists Seem Absent.” While that is demonstrably not true, the humanist community seems to be lacking an organizational strategy for responding to crises both man-made and natural.

Panelists will explore how the humanist community can expand its crisis outreach. Participants will examine a range of proposals for both partnership opportunities when responding to large-scale events and leadership opportunities in efforts aimed at reducing violence, mitigating harm, and preventing tragedies. They will also consider how humanist groups might best promote their efforts within the relief community and to the public at large so as to be more visible. Discussion will include looking at what sort of public relations or organizational development might be both appropriate and beneficial for all concerned.

About the speakers

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Nikki Stern

#Author of Hope in Small Doses, opinionator, neophyte fiction #writer, relatively optimistic critical thinker subject to occasional bouts of crankiness. bio from Twitter

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Binyamin / Ben Biber

Humanist Chaplain, American University bio from LinkedIn

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Anne Klaeysen

Ethical Culture Leader bio from LinkedIn

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Steve Lopes

director of the Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence, Kansas, and a volunteer crisis counselor and a registered trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention

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Time 10:00am11:30am EST

Date Fri 6th June 2014

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  • Hope in Small Doses

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