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Reminder: GBH Sunday Lunch/Lecture at HARVARD SCIENCE CENTER 'A'

From: Stuart
Sent on: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:53 AM

We hope to see you at our March 18 Third Sunday Lunch and Lecture this coming weekend. This is a reminder about the lecture and the change of location. This Equinox and Lecture will take place at the HARVARD SCIENCE CENTER, AUDITORIUM 'A', NOT Phillips Brooks House (our usual location).


GBH Presents: “Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict” by Donna Hicks

On March 18, 2012, The 3rd Sunday Lecture/Discussion Program of Greater Boston Humanists will present a talk by Dr. Donna Hicks, a Teaching Associate at Harvard's Kennedy School and author, on  "DIGNITY: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict."  What is the motivating force behind all human interaction – in families, in communities, in the business world, and in relationships from the personal level to the international level? DIGNITY. It is the desire to be treated well. It is an unspoken human yearning that is at the heart of all conflicts, yet no one is paying attention to it.


When dignity is violated, the response is likely to involve aggression, even violence, hatred, and vengeance; the human connection is the first thing to go.  On the other hand, when people treat each other with dignity, they feel their worth is recognized, creating lasting and meaningful relationships. Surprisingly, most people have little understanding of 'DIGNITY.' While a desire for dignity is universal, knowing how to honor it in ourselves and others is not. Of course, we Humanists will want to know how conflicts between our focus on the necessary maintenance of "Freedom of Skeptical Inquiry" can be accommodated with "Respect for Human Dignity" as defined by people and societies which consider their beliefs inviolate and beyond criticism or satire. 


DIGNITY: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict (Yale University Press, Sept. 6, 2011), by Donna Hicks, PhD, psychologist and Associate at Harvard University, examines the reasons for this gap and offers a new set of strategies for becoming aware of dignity’s vital role in our lives and learning to put dignity into practice in everyday interactions. NOTE: LOCATION is Auditorium A, Harvard Science Center (NOT Phillips Brooks House) due to scheduling conflict.   FREE PARKING during the meeting: Littauer Lot, adjacent to the Science Center. Enter the SCIENCE QUADRANGLE from Oxford Street and proceed all the way to the end. Park anywhere in this area.  A BUFFET LUNCH will be served at Noon. The Lecture will begin at 1 PM.   
We hope to see you there to celebrate this Spring Equinox afternoon with us.< /p>


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