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Sunday Assembly NYC - Massimo Pigliucci & Julia Chanes

SA-NYC provides fellowship for the secular community with an hour of engaging speakers and toe
-tapping songs, followed by socializing. The August theme is Empathy.

Coffee and treats
at NYSEC, then move on to a local bar/restaurant!

Noted author and scholar MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI is our main speaker to discuss friendship through the lenses of both philosophy and science. From Aristotle to the latest scientific discoveries, we will explore how millennia of thought about friendship can be applied to our lives.

Our other speaker is JULIA CHANES from iMentor, a nonprofit that builds mentoring relationships that empower students to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions.

Hosts AJ Johnson and Justina Walford will also join the stage with musicians Don Albert and Jack Lucentini.



Massimo Pigliucci is a biologist and Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. His main interests are in the philosophy of science and pseudoscience, and he is the editor-in-chief of Scientia Salon. His latest books include "Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life" and "Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem." Pigliucci also recently appeared on ‘The Colbert Report’ for a segment about artificial intelligence.


Julia Chanes is iMentor’s Volunteer Manager of Community Partners. She has extensive experience in non-profit organizations, youth mentoring and program management. For eight years, Julia worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. More recently, Julia served as a Youth Services Development Analyst with Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles. Through her work in programs, she solidified her passion for providing services to underserved youth.


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  • Justina W.

    Game day! Look forward to seeing you all there.

    August 3, 2014

    • Michael T.

      Can't wait to hear Massimo's talk.

      August 3, 2014

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