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A Holiday Celebration for the Rest of Us

It’s cold. It’s dark. Are we seasonally depressed? Yeah. Tense over exams and work? Yeah. Difficult times for our country and our world? Double yeah. If you’re passionately celebrating a religious holiday right now, great. But if you’re not particularly religious, come and join atheists, agnostics and allies in the greater MIT community as we […]

Paradoxes of Ethical Leadership

MIT students, researchers, and faculty are shaping the future. Literally. Last week in discussion group, the ethical considerations of editing the human genome came up. There’s so much at stake, it feels overwhelming. Are technologies like CRISPR a gift to humanity, or a curse, or both? The answer depends on us, we humans. On how […]

Inviting Your Input

Beavers are nature’s collaborators.  We don’t do anything alone.  I’m working with MIT’s new Humanist Chaplain, Greg Epstein, and the Humanist Hub to plan an MIT Community Holiday Celebration scheduled for Thursday evening December 13.  This date is right between the end of classes and exam week. MIT students and community: we need your input and […]

The $weet Life

MIT Humanist Discussion Group meets Thursday at 4:30 in the Chapel, W15 This week’s topic: The $weet Life (with MIT Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein and Chaplaincy Intern Nina Lytton) Cutthroat competition without (you fill in the blank) soon becomes bloody battle that leaves us emotionally, physically, ethically, and socially barren. 5-minute read: How to Reimagine […]

Money Talks, Humanity Walks?

Who are we as humans, and how do we measure our worth? Can we talk about money, and all it signifies?  Let’s start the discussion with Lauren Greenfield’s documentary Generation Wealth. Greenfield began her career as a photojournalist by documenting LA teenagers’ romance with wealth. Decades later, she returned to assess how those teens, now at […]

Press Release: Humanist Hub Announces Humanist of the Year Recipient

Some initial great press for our award in Democracy Journal. Stay tuned for more! *** BOSTON, Oct. 1, 2018— The Humanist Hub is honored to announce Nick Hanauer as its Harvard and MIT Humanist of the Year. This award honors individuals whose life and contributions to society exemplify the values of humanism: compassion, integrity, creativity, and […]

Our Last Event at 30 JFK

Dear Humanist Hub Members, Supports and Friends: This past fall, our community talked in various ways about going through a time of transition, including uncertainty about whether we would renew our lease. It is now time to inform our broader community that a decision has been reached: we will be leaving 30 JFK Street this […]

Humanist Hub Director to Serve Tech Leaders of Tomorrow

I am delighted to announce that the Humanist Hub has accepted a wonderful invitation to expand our work on campus. Having worked as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University since 2005, when I succeeded my friend and mentor Tom Ferrick, I now serve as the Humanist Chaplain at both Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of […]

November Town Hall Notes (11/12/17)

Humanist Hub Town Hall 11/12/17 Greg Epstein, board member Jennifer Ibrahim, and Hub Ambassador Veronica Lane answered questions from attendees. Meeting notes taken by Elka Kuhlman and Andrea Kimbriel. Update on fundraising efforts from Greg: – The Humanist Hub has changed in last 2 years or so – now has stronger sense of community participation […]

Stop Trying to Find Yourself

The quest to “find oneself” is at best misguided, and at worst dangerous. Confucius would have been a phenomenal southern lady. It’s said that he could walk into a room, sense where there was tension, and with a spritz of social joviality—a certain poem, a certain tone of voice, a well-timed question or a tasteful […]