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“Double-Header”! Conversation on Your Values with Ron Gross + CNY Meeting

  • Sep 18, 2014 · 4:00 PM
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“Double-Header”! Conversation + CNY Meeting, 9/18, 4:00 – 7:00, Columbia University

Conversation on Your Values, with Ron Gross, using video dramatizations, 4:00 – 5:15,

CNY Meeting to plan pre-Halloween city-wide conversations on 
“Would It Kill You to Spend An Hour Talking About Death?”

Thurs., September 18th
Teachers College, Columbia University
Gottesman Libraries
525 W. 120th St., Room 104b

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and Meetup:

The Conversation – 4:00 – 5:15
Lights! Camera!! Values!!?:
How Is Your Character Shaped by the TV, Movies, and Other Media You See?

Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross 

Have your values been effected by portrayals of good and bad behavior which you’ve experienced via TV dramas, movies, and theater?

At this Conversation we’ll view a stunning array of one-minute real-life incidents designed to inspire us to practice major virtues like Honesty, Grit, Civility, and Commitment.

Do you feel that your ideals are strengthened when you see such enactments in the media? 

Please come to share your experiences with the ways in which inspiring stories, images, and words have shaped your character.

Conversations New York Meeting – 5:30 – 7:00
We will celebrate the success of our CONVERSATION DAY on 8/30 in Bryant
Park, welcome your ideas and suggestions, and organize for our next initiative, below.

October, 2014

Would It Kill You to Spend an Hour Talking About Death? is the rallying cry for a city-wide series of conversations to occur this October, during the period leading up to Halloween, promoted by Conversations 
New York (

These free, open-to-all Conversations will be held in public spaces and places throughout the five boroughs, including parks, churches, campuses, business building ground-floor atriums such as CityCorp at 53rd
and Lexington Avenue, and upstairs eating rooms of fast food restaurants such as those opposite Penn Station on 6th  Avenue and 33rd How-To at the website.

 Street. Anyone can self-organize their own conversation on this topic by using the easy Organizations and institutions which are hosting conversations on the subject of Death during that period include the New York Society for Ethical Culture, The Open Center, Trinity Church, and the Death Café of NY which has been featured on the front page of The New York Times. 

A culminating conversation will be held at Columbia University on the day before the holiday, Thursday, Oct. , at 4:00 pm, hosted by Ronald Gross, founder/director of CNY.

30th “These conversations are celebrations of life,” says Gross, author of Socrates’ Way and other books. “They are 
inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s dictum: ‘Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.’” 

The sponsor of Conversation vs. Death is Conversations New York (, a non-profit which earlier this year held a symposium on The Power of Conversation at Columbia University, and 
organized a Conversation Day celebration in Bryant Park on August 30th

Ronald Gross, [masked];


Hundreds of New Yorkers coming together in small groups of neighbors and fellow citizens to discuss topics of intensive interest…

Hosted at no cost and at convenient locations and times…

Aided by simple guiding principles…

Inspired by the city’s grand tradition of robust conversation…

Our vision is to inspire, organize, publicize, facilitate and celebrate a renaissance of healthy dialogue in New York City.

Learn more:

If you would like to easily add to our strength, we’d be grateful for your taking these easy steps:

1. Visit us at to learn more about us, subscribe to our website, and spread the word.

2. Share with us your reactions, questions, and suggestions about this venture. [masked]

3. ”Like” our organization on Facebook at

4. Consider convening a Conversation yourself – our site will soon provide resources, but in the meantime just ask us.

5. Tell us about Conversations you think should be listed on our on-line calendar.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about promoting and encouraging stimulating conversations in New York City!

Thank you


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  • Ronald G.

    Ping and Monique, it's the privilege of working with wondrous people like you two that fuels my soul! Thank YOU!

    September 20, 2014

  • Ronald G.

    THANKS, Ping! You are an invaluable participant, and your welcome feedback impels me to look harder for opportunities to hold sessions mid-town. (That's why we held Conversation Day in Bryant Park!) And of course I'm so glad that you are having such tremendous success in your LOVE ones.

    September 20, 2014

    • Ping

      Thank you, Ron. It's the power of LoVE that made the wonder. I'm just there to facilitate. After all, your selfless brilliant vision and continuously working on it for 23 years set up the platform for all of us! Yet you remain so humble, give us freedom and encourage us to develop our own style and topics... Its not surprising CNY can grow so well! It's my honor to support you and your vision!

      September 20, 2014

    • Monique

      I second the motion wholeheartedly!

      September 20, 2014

  • Ronald G.

    Not sure what you mean, Ping. Too far uptown? Or....
    THANKS for clarifying. Your contributions were superb!

    September 19, 2014

    • Ping

      I'd love to come to your group more often and I like the room set up with TV screen etc. But it's far to get to Columbia... But it's the way it is. I'm just giving my honest feedback with understanding it's impossible to make location convenient for everyone. :)

      September 20, 2014

  • Jerome Charyn, P.

    Ron's CNY events are always thought provoking and intellectually stimulating.... a cadre of smart ideas by smart people.

    September 20, 2014

  • Monique

    exciting and quite revealing

    September 19, 2014

  • Ping

    A bit too far..

    September 19, 2014

  • Ping

    A bit too far..

    September 19, 2014

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