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Carol Rose ~ "Humanist Values and the ACLU", Wednesday Dialog

Note: this is not our usual first Wednesday!


Humanist Values and the ACLU:  Building a World that is both Safe and Free
Humanists recognize values in personal freedom, in social connections, and for the good of society as a whole.  And ethical principles that arise from our sense of social responsibility, without some 'divine law'.  Thus, we humans have to define righteousness on our own.

How do we balance individual liberty and public safety in the post-9/11 era?  How do we respond to recent revelations that our government has built a secret homeland security surveillance state and turned it against its own people?  What actions can we take to ensure that the freedoms that we inherited will be enhanced and passed on to future generations? What do we understand as ethical values in the context of overwhelming governmental technical capabilities?


Carol Rose is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts (, a nonpartisan membership organization that uses litigation, legislation, communications and organizing to promote civil rights and defend civil liberties.

Prior to assuming the helm at the ACLU of Massachusetts in 2003, Carol worked as a journalist and attorney.  She reported for UPI, the Des Moines Register, and The New York Times, working in Washington D.C., Israel, West Bank& Gaza, Northern Ireland, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.  She was based in Peshawar, Pakistan, from[masked], during which time she traveled and reported extensively throughout the Af-Pak region.  Upon returning to the U.S. in 1993, she earned a law degree at Harvard (’96), clerked for Judge Patti Saris in the U.S. District Court in Boston, and spent six years as a First Amendment attorney at the law firm of Hill & Barlow.

She is a graduate of Stanford University (’83 BA), the London School of Economics (’85 MSc), and Harvard Law School (’96 JD).  She is mother to three teenagers, all of whom frequently question authority.  Her “On Liberty” blog is available at


The meeting will start at 7:00 with socializing and a few announcements. The program will start at 7:15, after which we will have open discussion with the presenter followed by more socializing. At 9:00 we usually have an open steering committee meeting which anyone is invited to attend.

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  • Pat E.

    Excellent talk. Carol was very engaging. The social 15 minutes went so well that it was difficult to start the program on time. Should we extend the social time to 30 minutes? We thank all those who helped clear up the room in a very short time at the end of the meeting, and those who brought refreshments to share. The speaker congratulated us on having such a lively group.

    September 12, 2013

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    A former member

    Very insightful. She brought disturbing news, but with an optimism about tackling it.

    September 12, 2013

  • Maria G.

    Carol is brilliant, accomplished and a great speaker! Thanks for doing the important work you do.

    September 12, 2013

  • John P.

    My wife and I will be away.

    August 12, 2013

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