Holiday Greetings from Conversations New York (CNY)

CNY Montage

Dear CNY Friends, Colleagues, and Fellow Conversational Activists,

We wish you a joyous farewell to 2014, filled with loving, meaningful, astonishing conversations!

THANK YOU for your interest, support, and involvement which made this last 12 months immensely successful for all of us.

We have an even more exciting year planned for 2015, including city-wide conversations about LOVE around Valentine’s Day, our second annual CONVERSATIONS DAY in June, and possibly a second CONFERENCE at Columbia later in the year.

Hope to see you at our first gathering of 2015, at Columbia on Thursday, January 29th, for a Socratic Conversation at 4:00 followed by a CNY Meeting at 5:30.

Ron  and Your CNY Team

CNY Committee Meeting – Dec 19

CNY  Committee Meeting, Fri., Dec. 19th,  5:00, followed by gala Social Event nearby

MEET YOUR FELLOW CNY LEADERS!  CELEBRATE OUR 2014 ACCOMPLISHMENTS!  PLAN OUR  2015 INITIATIVES!   Youwill receive CNY‘s latest tips and tools to make Conversations exhilarating!   Your energy, imagination, and involvement are needed.  Where: Empire Szechuan Village,
173 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014
(between Perry St & S 7 Ave)
Phone: (212) 243-6046Who: Volunteer leaders of CNY — moderators, volunteers, advisors, contributors

When: Fri., Dec. 19, 5:00 – 6:45



  1. Celebrate CNY‘s year of accomplishments
  2. Update on November conversations
  3. Recent Public Policy Conversation in partnership with the Interactivity Foundation (D.C.)
  4. Briefing on upcoming initiatives for 2015 including Conversation Day and others.
  5. Commitments to moderate, volunteer, contribute to the calendar, team up to implement projects, etc.
After this  celebration/work session, we’ll adjourn to join the gala event below at the nearby 49 Grove Club,  to contribute our distinctive CNY energy to this high-octane event!

Winter Solstice Party 2014

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

  • 49 Grove

    49 Grove St (btw Christopher St and 7th Ave), New York, NY(map)
  • Annual RNY Winter Solstice Party!
  • Join us for the Winter Solstice on Friday, Dec 19 at the upscale 49 Grove in the West Village.
    This annual event is hosted by Reasonable New York, a consortium of free-thinking, philosophical, and secular social clubs based in NYC and surrounding areas.
    Expect 100+ free-thinkers of all ages for an evening of food, drink, dancing, and socializing.
    Admission is free.
    Join us on the 19th and make new friends and connections with other inquisitive New Yorkers – this is an annual event not to be missed!

    $14 Specialty Cocktails for $7!
    $5 Beers
     Tapas Menu & Full Drink Bar Available – Please Tip Generously!
    Center for Inquiry – New York City
    Center for Inquiry – Long Island
    Dinner & Philosophy Now
    Ethical Humanist Society of L.I.
    Feminist Freethinkers of New York
    Gotham Atheists
    Humanist Society of Metro New York
    New York City Brights
    New York City Skeptics
    New York Philosophy
    New York Society for Ethical Culture
    Secular Coalition of New York
    Secular Humanist Society of New York

    Hope You Can Join Us!

Beyond Resilience and PTSD: Flexibility and Heterogeneity Following Potential Trauma – Dec 8

Beyond Resilience and PTSD: 

Flexibility and Heterogeneity Following Potential Trauma

Presenter: Prof. George A. Bonanno, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Monday, Dec. 8, 7-9  pm
Teachers College, 525 West 120th St.,
Room 305, Russell Hall
RSVP to by REPLY to this e-mail (

Please bring photo ID for entry to building.


Most of us  are exposed to multiple potentially traumatic events (PTEs) during the course of our lives.  Such events are more common than is usually assumed.

Until recently, responses to such events have been understood using either psychopathological categories, such as PTSD, or measures of central tendency (e.g., average differences).

I demonstrate that although both approaches have been useful, neither approach captures the true heterogeneity of responses to aversive events. Recent advances in latent trajectory modeling following such events have identified prototypical trajectories of outcome, including chronic dysfunction and a resilient trajectory of stable health.

In this talk, I will describe studies from our research program that examine individual differences in response to demanding life events, including terrorist disaster, military combat, mass shooting, spinal cord injury, bio-epidemic, and cancer surgery. I will also describe our research on predictors of the resilience trajectory and place special emphasis on our recent research on flexibility in coping and emotion regulation as a resilience-promoting factor.

George A. Bonanno, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Professor Bonanno’s interests center on the question of how human beings cope with loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity, with an emphasis on resilience and the salutary role of flexible emotion regulatory processes. Professor Bonanno’s empirical and theoretical work has focused on defining and documenting resilience in the face of loss or potential traumatic events, including disaster, loss, terrorist attack, bio-epidemic, traumatic injury, and life-threatening injuries medical events, and on identifying the range of psychological and contextual variables that predict both psychopathological and resilient outcomes. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and featured in various print, television, and radio media. He recently authored The Other Side of Sadness (Basic Books).

Websites:  Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab:

The PURL II study:


Dinner: To augment the fellowship among members, you are warmly invited to join other members for dinner at Faculty House at 5:30 PM.  (After dinner we will walk to Teachers College, 10 minutes away).   Dinner at Faculty House, a varied and ample buffet (including wine), is $25, which must be paid for by check at the beginning of the meal.  If you intend to join us for dinner you must let us know via email a week in advance (by Monday, December  1.  RSVP to either Ron Gross (grossassoc@aolcom) or Michael Schulman (

Directions to Faculty House:
  Faculty House is located on Columbia University’s East Campus on Morningside Drive and 117th Street.  Enter Wien Courtyard through the gates on the north side of 116 Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Walk toward the north end of the courtyard, then turn right toward Morningside Drive.  Faculty House will be the last building on the right.


The Seminars: This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Columbia University Seminars on Innovation in Education and Ethics, Moral Education, and Society.

The Seminar on Innovation in Education is chaired by Ronald Gross, who also conducts the Socratic Conversations at the Gottesman Libraries. Founded in 1970, the Seminar explores the process of learning in individuals, organizations, and society throughout the lifespan and via major institutions.

The Seminar on Ethics, Moral Education and Society, chaired by Michael Schulman,  brings together scholars from psychology, philosophy, sociology, political theory, education, religion and other disciplines to explore issues in ethics, moral education, moral development, moral motivation, moral decision making and related topics.


Future meetings for the 2014-2015 academic year: Jan. 26, Mar. 2, Apr. 13, May 4.


Columbia University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  University Seminar participants with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact the Office of Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or  Disability accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, are available on request.  Requests for accommodations must be made two weeks in advance.  On campus, seminar participants with disabilities should alert a Public Safety Officer that they need assistance accessing campus.


Michael Schulman, chair, Ethics, Moral Education, and Society,

Ron Gross, co-chair, Innovation in Education,