Re-imagining Politics & Society at the Millennium
Creating a Caring, Ethical & Sustainable World

May 18-20, 2000
Riverside Church, NYC


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(Brief description): Join us in challenging the dominant ethos of cynicism, materialism, and greed with an emerging vision of meaningful connection and social responsibility. The corrupting influence of big money, the intensely partisan spirit, the lack of any meaningful mainstream response to frenzied globalization, and the failure to address seriously the long-term environmental health of the planet - all reveal an increasing emptiness of spirit at the center of political power that cries out for meaningful change and renewal at the grassroots level. Help shape the context for mainstream election-year political discourse by joining those working for a more caring world.

Updated detailed conference description:

   At this, the dawning of a new millenium, join us in challenging the dominant ethos of cynicism, materialism, and greed with an emerging vision of meaningful connection and social responsibility.
   In April 1996, the last Presidential election year, the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning held its first National Summit on Ethics and Meaning in Washington, D.C. Its goal was to begin to create a politics that flows from spiritual commitment and concern for the common good. For the nearly 2000 people who attended, it was unforgettable, representing a "gathering of the tribes" of those embracing holistic and ecological values, many of whom before this event had felt excluded from the existing political debate. The experience of spontaneous solidarity and the wealth of inspiring ideas brought together at that time summoned up long-stifled hopes of creating a better world, and generated grassroots activities across the US that continue to this day.

   The New York Open Center and a wonderful group of co-sponsors now join the Foundation in announcing a successor to the 1996 conference to be held over the span of three days and three evenings at historic Riverside Church on New York City's Upper West Side, the site of many prior calls to national social conscience. Over this time, we will confront what, far more clearly now than four years ago, is a critical juncture in the history of our political culture and economic life: The corrupting influence of big money, the intensely partisan spirit, the lack of any meaningful mainstream response to frenzied globalization, and the failure to address seriously the long-term environmental and moral health of the planet--all reveal an increasing emptiness of spirit at the center of political power that cries out for meaningful change and renewal at the grassroots level. Rather than succumbing to the seeming inevitability of these forces, we need to join in solidarity against them.

   The protests against the WTO in Seattle and the IMF in Washington, DC have demonstrated the potential for challenging the dominant neo-liberal, amoral, consumerist paradigms that dominate our culture. Yet as Newsweek magazine commented about the protests, "One thing that seems to be lacking today is a mission statement, a credo, that gives the movement, such as it is, some focus." Similarly, the New York Times Tom Friedman argues that even after Seattle environmentalists and unionists, for example, remain incapable of achieving real and long-term solidarity because their core interests and goals remain incompatible.

   There is no doubt that this "movement" (for lack of a better word) is as complex and multifaceted as our society. Welcoming this diversity, the conference seeks to achieve just such a focus and solidarity, to create a new language and credo that can unify the disparate movements working to heal the long-term damage to our personal and planetary well-being by the economic and political status quo. Such a dialog (and the solidarity and unity we hope to achieve can only occur through dialog, not a top-down imposed vision) is all the more critical with the merger of media giants AOL and Time Warner, and the consolidation and further corporatization it heralds for media and culture in the new century.

   We challenge the accepted values of selfishness and materialism and develop an approach that emphasizes the creation of a loving, just, spiritually and ecologically sensitive society. In contrast to the often narrow agenda of traditional progressive and conservative politics, we seek to explore how our psychological and spiritual needs can be integrated into an agenda of human rights, corporate and political ethics, and the healing of our relationship to nature. We offer an opportunity for those who embrace holistic and ecological values, and who have often felt excluded from the existing liberal/conservative political debate, to come together to discuss how ethics, a concern for the common good, and a community spirit of caring can begin to replace the cynical self-interest and corporate-technocratic worldview that currently dominate public discourse.

   The central thrust of this second Summit will be to call attention to the process of "velvet evolution," of growing cultural creativity among a growing segment of the population (estimated by one well-known study to be 24%). People are finding new ways to care for the natural world, for others, and for the self that, once recognized as an integrated force, will have the potential to overcome the desire for domination, the disbelief in meaningful relationship, and the equation of human value with material wealth that currently plague our collective life. Beneath the corruption of the dominant ethos, new forms of life are blooming, and can be brought to coalesce. We are finding better ways to teach our children; to care for the health of our minds and bodies, and the earth that nourishes them; and to mindfully manage our local communities. We are learning to live with one another in relations of partnership rather than domination; to speak truth to power, not with hatred and condemnation, but with love and understanding; and, in general, to know the world we inhabit by actively relating to it rather than through presumptions of objectivity. Beneath the corruption of our democratic political procedures, we have been embracing an internalization of democratic social processes that may mark historically the first full flowering of democratic life--a democratization of the subsoil of culture that can, when it is asked to, readily feed a new democratization of our economic and political systems.

   This conference, as did the last one, will have numerous plenary sessions and workshops featuring major speakers from around the country and the world. In addition, in the areas of education and academic life, culture, media and the arts, economics and work, mental and physical health, law and politics, religion and spirituality, and the environment, participants will be able to connect with one another in ongoing series of interactive workshop--calling attention to concrete work that is being done in these fields and offering opportunities for active engagement in the time after the conference. Exciting new ideas will be supplemented by the lessons of community building necessary to turn those ideas into realities.

   Come and help us mark the millennium with an assemblage of those believing in and working for a more caring world, an assemblage that will help to shape the context for mainstream election-year political discourse.

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Conference Brochure ready to mail. Speakers and Co-sponsors still being added. Volunteers Needed!

With the New Year behind us, and the new AOL-Time Warner world ahead of us, the planning for the summit is in high gear. In the wake of the announced merger of these two media giants, and the continuing controversy surrounding November's WTO Round in Seattle, we have added many exciting speakers to address issues related to globalization and culture in the new millennium, and new co-sponsors to broaden further our vision and the dialogue we hope to begin in May. In this way, we hope this conference will play a pivotal role in the move to take the offensive against what Mediabeat columnist Norman Solomon terms the "mass distribution of the corporatization of consciousness" represented by the emerging corporate/media order.

   We hope to accomplish this by weaving together a positive story about how the world can look if our values prevail against the WTO and its corporatized, hyper-consumerist vision of the twenty-first century. Our feeling is that to achieve these goals, to "go on the offensive" as William Greider described it in The Nation, we must first all be speaking the same language, have the same larger vision and strategies, and have achieved a similar level of solidarity and communication to that of the corporatations and international regimes with whom we are, unfortunately, all too often in competition. After all, the AOL-Time Warner merger was first proposed a strategy conference for media companies held in Paris last year. If the home of the May '68 student uprising could give birth to an AOLTW conglomerate, why can't the home of Global Capital--with the conference and similar gatherings as midwife--give birth to a unified movement for holistic social, economic and political change?

   While we're still waiting for confirmation from speakers (some well-known, some who deserve to be), and major co-sponsoring organizations, our brochure, with tentative schedule, will shortly be mailed to tens of thousands of people (sort of like Publisher's Clearing House, but we can guarantee you'll win new friends, allies, and renewed energy at our gethering). By March 16 we hope to have a complete schedule of the conference on this website, and it will continue to be updated until the conference. Because of space limitations we couldn't fit all the amazing panels and speakers in the brochure, so if you're checking this site regularly you're actually ahead of the game. But if you'd like copies of the brochure for yourself or to distribute (which we encourage!), please call (212) 219-2527 ext. 110. You can also register at this number, or by email at

   With the brochure completed, we are redoubling our efforts to ensure that our conference and task force leaders, and faculty, succeed in three main endeavors in the course of the dozens of plenaries, panels, and workshops: 1) to raise consciousness, 2) to offer succinct, coherent, and accessible critiques of the various problems we will confront, and 3) to develop a positive vision and set of strategies for grass roots and large-scale action. If we succeed, the conference will produce commonalities in language, questions, themes, problems, and solutions between the different tracks, which will point to the unifying discourse we are trying to create. Now we are in the process of finding specific activist goals for each track to pursue by the end of the conference.

   One great example of the visionary yet pragmatic action we want to encourage is "HJ 268," a Study Resolution on Corporate Citizenship spearheaded by members of our Virginia chapter, which is presently being debated in the Virginia General Assembly. Members in other states are involved in similar activities, including the Oregon Human Rights Inititative, which seeks to establish a legislative method of controling corporate behavior through charters and business licenses. (click here for more information and the text of these resolutions). Other examples include having conference participants sign on to a letter or petition drafted by the task force or having representatives of different organizations come up with a plan for joint action on areas of mutual interest--especially areas of interest that weren't thought of as 'mutual' before the conference.

   We welcome suggestions for specific ideas, which can be emailed to

   As we get into the final stages of the planning for the conference we are in great need of volunteers to help do media and community outreach, and logistics. Volunteers who work at the conference may receive free registration - for details, call (212) 219-2527 ext. 144 or e-mail

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The Conference registration fees are based on the following sliding scale:

Conference Rates: Per Day Full Three Days
Students & Seniors $25 $65
Income Below $20,000 $35 $90
Income $20,000-$40,000 $55 $150
Income $40,000-$60,000 $75 $210
Income Above $60,000 $95 $270

   Please call (212) 219-2527 ext. 110, fax (212) 226-4056, or email to register. Or click here to go to our web registration page. We strongly encourage people to register by mail, web, or fax. To volunteer call (212) 219-2527 ext. 144 or e-mail For more information, read the rest of this section or call 1-888-LETS CARE. We hope to see you there, and urge you to become involved now so that you have the chance to shape the conference agenda, and meet and/or correspond with many of your fellow attendees before next May, making the conference a true communal event!

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Confirmed speakers (with affiliation) and co-sponsors as of May 9, 2000. We apologize if speakers listed in the schedule are not included here, but they are confirmed:

(Please note that most books listed here are availabe at our
online bookstore.)

  • Wei Jingsheng (Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 1999 and noted Chinese dissident)
  • Cornel West (Professor, Harvard University, author, Race Matters, The Future of American Progressivism)
  • Michael Lerner (editor, Tikkun magazine, author, The Politics of Meaning, Jewish Renewal)
  • Peter Gabel (President, New College of California, author, The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics of Meaning)
  • Riane Eisler (author, The Chalice and the Blade)
  • Moctar Tayeb (Islamic thinker and activist, Coordinator of the Mauritanian anti-slavery organization al-Khur, profiled in Jan. 24, 2000 New Yorker)
  • Matthew Fox (University of Creation Spirituality)
  • Marianne Williamson (author, A Return to Love)
  • David Korten (author, The Port-Corporate World, When Corporations Rule The World)
  • Arianna Huffington (nationally syndicated columnist and authorof How to Overthrow the Government and Greetings from the Lincoln Bedroom)
  • Patricia Ireland (President, National Organization for Women)
  • Hamilton Fish (President of the Nation Institute and the Public Concern Foundation)
  • Eugene Gendlin (Committee on Human Development and author, Focusing)
  • Representative Jerrold Nadler
  • Mark Green (New York City Public Advocate)
  • Thomas Frank (Editor, The Baffler, author, The Conquest of Cool)
  • C.Virginia Fields (Manhattan Borough President)
  • Gar Alperovitz (President, National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives, author, The Decision to the Use the Atomic Bomb)
  • Fernando Ferrer (Bronx Borough President)
  • Amy Goodman (host, Democracy Now)
  • Representative Major Owens
  • Greg Tate (musician, Village Voice columnist)
  • Cherie Brown (Founder, National Coalition Building Institute)
  • Ambassador John Hirsch (Vice-President, International Peace Academy)
  • Mil Niepold (Board member, Anesty Int'l USA, Director of Programs, Verite)
  • Kevin Danaher (Director of Public Education, Global Exchange, author of Globalize This, Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama: Globalization and the Downsizing of the American Dream,50 Years Is Enough: The Case Against the World Bank and the IMF, Fighting for the Soul of Brazil, and In Whose Interest: A Guide to U.S.-South Africa Relations.
  • Kathryn Freed (New York City Councilmember)
  • James S. Gordon, MD, (founder and director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and former first Chair of the Program Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health's Office of Alternative Medicine)
  • Rev. Jim Wallis (Editor, Sojourner's magazine, Chair, Call to Renewal, author, Faith Works)
  • Ann Powers (Music and Culture writer for the New York Times, author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America, co-editor of Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap)
  • Louay Safi (Director, Center for Balanced Development, author, The Challenge of Modernity: The Quest for Authenticity in the Arab World)
  • Tracie Morris (poet, performance artist, Professor, Sara Lawrence College)
  • John Mason (Guggenheim fellow and author of seven books on African American traditions, cultures and spirituality, including Black Gods and Orin Orisha
  • Saskia Sassen (Professor, Dept. of Sociology, the University of Chicago, author, Globalization and its Discontents)
  • John Entelis (Professor, Fordham University, author, The Algerian Civil War: 1990-1998)
  • Jason Hill (Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, author, Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What it Means to be a Human Being in the New Millennium)
  • Richard Landes is Director of the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University.
  • Marcelo Bronstein (Rabbi, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, NYC)
  • Sara Alexander (world-renowned Israeli world musician and peace activist, recently awarded the Legion d'Honneur by French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin)
  • Drazen Pantic (Media & Technology Project, NYU, Center of War & Peace and News Media, co-founder in 1995 of OpenNet, the Internet department of Radio B92 in Belgrade and Serbia's first Internet service provider. 1999 recipient of the Pioneer Award of the Electronic Frontier Foundation)
  • Gillian B. Caldwell (film maker and attorney working in international human rights, civil rights, and family law; Director of WITNESS, a project of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, formerly the Co-Director of the Global Survival Network)
  • Rev. Emory Searcy (National Field Coordinator, Call to Renewal)
  • Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. (Director of and The Moss Reports, author, Antioxidents Against Cancer and Cancer Therapy)
  • Michael Sorkin (architect, ethicist, author, Wiggle & Exquisite Corpse)
  • Danny Goldberg (CEO, Artemis Records, co-publisher of Tikkun magazine)
  • Teresa Peters (founder and executive director of, an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the use of the Internet and other technologies to help people help themselves)
  • Michael Angelo Tata (poet)
  • Andrew Ross (Director, American Studies Program, NYU, author, The Celebration Chronicles)
  • Rose Lee is a member of the Milwaukee County Task Force on Restorative Justice and member of the steering committee of the Milwaukee NAACP Chapter First Offender Restoration Program.
  • Andrew L. Shapiro (author, The Control Revolution: How the Internet is Putting Individuals in Charge and Changing the World We Know, lawyer and consultant about the impact of new technologies such as the Internet; First Amendment Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School, Senior Advisor to the Markle Foundation, and contributing editor at the Nation, founder,
  • Bill Perkins (NYC Councilman representing Harlem)
  • David Lerman (assistant district attorney and chairs the Milwaukee County Task Force on Restorative Justice)
  • Elizabeth Lesser (cofounder, Omega Institute, author, The New American Spirituality: A Seeker's Guide)
  • John Pavlik (Director, the Center for New Media, Columbia University)
  • Tony Mazzocchi (Chemical & Atomic Workers Union)
  • Stephen Schlesinger (Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute)
  • Alisa Gravitz (Executive Director, Coop America)
  • Radwan Masmoudi (Executive Director, Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy)
  • Roger Gottleib (Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, author, A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and the Protecting the Earth)
  • Douglas Sloan (Future of American Education)
  • Rachel Coen (Communications Coordinator of FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)
  • Michele Wucker (author, Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola)
  • Ilmi Granoff (NetAid)
  • Paul Wapner (Professor, School of International Service, American University, author, Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics)
  • Ronnie Earle (District Attorney of Travis County, Texas where he is known for his pioneering and award winning work in Public Integrity and Legal Ethics)
  • Barbara Abrash (Assoc. Director, International Center for Advanced Studies & the Center for Media and Culture, NYU)
  • Peter Laarman (Pastor, Judson Memorial Church, NYC)
  • Steven Rockefeller (Chair of the international drafting committee for the Earth Charter, Prof. Emeritus of Religion at Middlebury College, author of Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue, co-editor, The Christ and the Bodhisattva)
  • Marian Vilela (Secretariat, Earth Charter, Costa Rica)
  • Jerome Segal (Research Scholar at University of Maryland's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, author, Graceful Simplicity)
  • Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson (authors, Spiritual Politics, founders, Center For Visionary Leadership)
  • Elizabeth McGowan (researcher on the transformative power of the sacred and healing arts; facilitator of labyrinth walks and workshops in NYC with a special focus on using the labyrinth to promote peace and healing for our planet)
  • Mark Kingwell (Professor of Philosophy, U. of Toronto and author, Dreams of Millenium: Report from a Culture on the Brink)
  • Neil Hicks (Fellow, Middle East Program, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights)
  • Margaret McLagan (anthropologist and filmmaker, lecturer in the Program in culture and media, Department of Anthropology, New York University. Currently doing research on human rights activism and media and completing a book about the transnational Tibet Movement)
  • Heidi Dorrow (Outreach Coordinator, Urban Justice Center, NYC)
  • Joel Kovel (Chair, United States Green Party, Distinguished Professor of Social Studies at Bard College, author, History and Spirit)
  • Redwood Mary (Rainforest preservation activist)
  • Naomi Klein (author, No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, Columnist, Toronto Globe and Mail)
  • Tim Keating (Director of the Wetlands Environmental and Social Justice Activism Center, Voluntary Simplicity organizer)
  • Mark LeVine (a founder and co-Chair of the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning, Contributing Editor at Tikkun magazine, and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities and the Robert Schuman Center of the European University Institute, Florence)
  • Mark Ritchie (Director, Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy)
  • Raphael Kellman, MD (founder and Director of the Kellman Center for Progressive Medicine)
  • David Loye (author, Darwin's Lost Theory of Love)
  • Ron Miller (past Editor, Holistic Education Journal, author, What Are Schools For? and Creating Learning Communities)
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow (member of the faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center and was Co-Director of the Center for Conflict Resolution, UCLA)
  • John Dalla Costa (author, The Ethical Imperative, Director of the Centre for Ethical Orientation)
  • Randy Shaw (author, Reclaiming America: Nike, Clean Air, and the New National Activism and The Activist's Handbook: A Primer for the 1990s and Beyond)
  • Rev. James Forbes (Senior Paster, Riverside Church)
  • Heidi Mills (founder, The Center for Inquiry, Columbia SC)
  • Jonathan Greenberg (CEO,
  • Kathy Davis (WBAI Radio producer)
  • Howard Vogel (Professor of Law and Co-Founder of Dred and Harriet Scott Institute for International Human Rights, Hamline University, Managing Editor, The Journal of Law and Religion)
  • Elizabeth Dribben (Radio commentator and journalism professor at Columbia University)
  • Jan Roberts (Vice-Chair, Foundation for Ethics and Meaning, Board, American section of the Earth Charter movement)
  • Jorge Rodriguez (graphic artist, founder of culture-jamming movement)
  • Richard Schwartz (Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Staten Island and author of Abolishing Intensive Livestock Agriculture: A Global Imperative and Judaism and Global Survival)
  • Samuel Epstein, MD (University of Illinois, School of Public Health)
  • Jeffrey Wilhelm (author, You Gotta BE the Book)
  • Berkley Bedell (former Congressman from Iowa and President of the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine)
  • Ed Ott (Director of Public Policy of the New York City Central Labor Council, has worked in the labor movement for over thirty years)
  • Brian D'Agostino (Research Associate at the CUNY's Center on Violence and Human Survival, and teaches at the Frederick Douglass Academy, a New York City Public School)
  • Sharon Perez-Abreu (performer, environmental and social justice activist)
  • Louis Harr (Coordinator of Social Action, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY)
  • Alexie Torres-Fleming (Executive Director of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, in the Bronx, New York)
  • Kitty Krupat (doctoral candidate in the American Studies Program of New York University and a member of the NYU Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC-UAW). Former union organizer and education director for District 65-UAW and for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), co-editor with Patrick McCreery of Out at Work: Building a Gay-Labor Alliance)
  • Richard Falk
  • Bruce Novak (member of the Board of the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning and Associate Chair of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning)
  • Pauline Oliveros (musician and composer who leads Deep Listening retreats, author of The Roots of the Moment and Sonic Meditations)
  • Jack Himmelstein (co-founder and co-director of the Center for Mediation in Law. He conducts training programs in mediation and mediative approaches to the practice of law in the United States, Europe, and Israel)
  • Ajani Benjamin (Student activist, workshop leader and poet)
  • Arthur Waskow, (author, God Wrestling, Director, Shalom Center of ALEPH)
  • Russel Hemenway (Director, the National Committee for an Effective Congress)
  • James Fary (member of the Board of the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning. He has worked for over twenty years in the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Jesse Rabinowitz (psychotherapist and member of the Board of the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning)
  • Cathlin Baker (Co-Executive Director, Employment Project)
  • Paul Chapman (Co-Executive Director, Employment Project)
  • Gail Straub (Executive Director, Empowerment Training Program, author, The Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self, Connecting with Society)
  • Curtis Arluck (District Leader)
  • Dr. Catherine Keller, Theological School, Drew University
  • Jonathan Granoff (UN Representative and Vice President of Lawyers Alliance for World Security as well as the State of the World Forum; Vice President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the UN, and Co-Chair of American Bar Association Committee on Arms Control)
  • Katherine Kurs, Author, Searching for Your Soul
  • Frank Kirkland, Chair, Dept. of Philosophy, Hunter College, CUNY
  • Alan Gerson (former chair of Community Board 2 in Manhattan, candidate for NYC Council)
  • Mike Flynn (Associate Director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
  • Rick Jarrow
  • David Orr

    Confirmed Co-sponsors

    UTNE Reader, WBAI (Pacifica Radio, New York City), Tikkun magazine, Co-op America, NYC Friends of the Clearwater, Amnesty International USA, Wetlands Environmental & Social Justice Activism Center (Wetlands Preserve), YES! Magazine, The Riverside Church, Business Leaders For Sensible Priorities, al-Khur, The Interfaith Center of New York, Sojourner's magazine, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Claremont Seminary , The Nation, The Center for Process Studies, Unitarian Universalist Association, The Center For Visionary Leadership, The Positive Futures Network, The People Centered Development Forum, Progressive America,, Judsen Memorial Church, The NY State Labor-Religion Coalition, The Employment Project, The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, The Kellman Center for Progressive Medicine, The Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning of the National Council of Teachers of English, The National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, The Shalom Center of ALEPH (Alliance for Jewish Renewal), The Center for Process Studies, Ithaca Hours.

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    Riverside Church is located at 91 Claremont Street (between 120th & 122nd streets and next to Riverside Drive in Manhattan; general information number: 212 870 6700. By subway you can take the No. 1 or 9 trains to 116th street and walk west from Broadway toward Riverside Dr., or you can take the #104 Broadway bus, which accommodates wheelchairs. Some conference sessions will be held at the Church Center, located across the street from the Church at 475 Riverside Dr, at Columbia University, and at other locations as noted in the final conference program.

    The following is a list of hotels/hostels/B&B's for your reference:

    Please note that all phone/fax numbers with no area code are 212. Prices include tax.

    Portland Square Hotel
    132W 31st.Street between 6th and 7th
    Phone 212 382 0600

    Gershwin Hotel
    7E 27 Street bet 5th and Madison avenues
    545-8000 fax 684-5546
    Funky mtv atmosphere, with comdy and concert shows.
    $164 per private room for 1 or 2 people. Add $10 for extra people. $40 for 4 bed dorm room bed - some still available.
    Chelsea Savoy Hotel
    209 W 23 St bet 7th-8th Avenues
    929-9353 fax: 741-6309
    Clean and welcoming. All rooms with private bath, a/c, hairdryers, irons and cable tv. Wheelchair accessible.
    Only rooms with 2 double beds still available. $219 inc. tax.

    Herald Square Hotel
    19 W 31 St bet Braodway and 5th Avenue
    279-4017 or 800-727-1888 fax: 643-9208
    Act fast!1 Singles are $98 includes tax (with private bath)
    Doubles are $149 for 2 double beds and a private bath

    Pioneer hotel
    341 Broome St bet. Elizabeth St and the Bowery (which = 3rd Avenue in Lower Manhattan)
    Near Little Italy, Soho and the Lower East Side.Rooms have ceiling fans, sinks and tv. Rooms with priv bath have a/c.
    Right now only shared bath type rooms left:
    Double specials for $88 (Fewer than 8 left)
    Singles for $53 (Fewer than 6 left)
    Doubles for $82 (Fewer than 4 left)

    New Jersey Hotels with conference rates and good, fast connections to the city:

    Best Western Fort Lee
    8 minutes walk to the bus. Buses from Manhattan run 24 hours per day. They have no hotel shuttle available. Individual prices are $104 per night on the AAA rate. Staff will be back in on Monday. Possible to explore discounted conference rate with them. On the average, from Wed. 5/17 - Sunday 5/21, they have about 45 rooms available per night. Breakfast included.

    Fort Lee Hilton
    Holding 20 rooms for the conference until 2 weeks before the conference. The room rate they will give us is $159 per night. When people call they must mention "Reimagining Politics and Society". This is a fairly upscale facility. Large, restuarants, pool etc. It is located right at the GW bridge; one minute walk to all buses (buses from NYC run 24 hours) scheduled shuttles run 2:30, 7:00 and 10:30 PM from NY Hilton 53rd St near ($10 each way; reservations are required).

    Comfort Inn Edgewater
    Bus right outside the parking lot goes to the Port Authority; 6-9:35 AM runs every 15 minutes; may have to take cabs back at night after late session. Perhaps bus to Fort Lee and then Babe's Cab from there. Room rates run anywhere from $90-160 per night.
    There is also Babe's Cab service in Fort Lee; their number is 201-944-6800.

    Jersey City - PATH service very convenient, 24/7

    Holland Motor Lodge 201-963-6200
    15 minute walk to Pavonia/New Port (small facility; 3-4 rooms available) $60.48 weekday/ $72.80 on weekends; no discounts. Continental breakfast. Pavonia/ New Port.

    Journal Square
    Best Inn and Suites shuttle to PATH. 1 block.newly renovated. rooms are large and spacious. I have negotiated a conference rate with the manager, Ahmed Hassan. If people call and ask for "Reimagining Politics and Society conference - corporate rate" they can either get a single room (which has a large bed) for $77.96 plus tax or a double room (which is a suite, with 2 rooms, including one with a king size bed and one with a full size bed) for $89.14 plus tax.

    Other NYC Hotels

    Pickwick Arms Hotel
    230 E51 St bet. 2nd and 3rd Avenue
    355-0300 or 800-742-5945
    Tiny rooms, tiny hall bathrooms, really tiny!
    a/c, cable tv, airport service, voicemail. Credit cards accepted.
    Remaining rooms: Singles for $82 with shared bath
    Private room with private bath for $121

    Hotel Stanford
    43 W 32 St bet 5th and Broadway
    563-1500 or 800-365-1114 fax 212-629-0043
    Glitzy, Korean hotel adjoins restaurant and bakery of Korean specialities. Clean with FIRM mattresses. Cable tv, a/c, small fridge in rooms and complimentary breakfast.
    Singles are $150 inc. tax - good for 2 people. That's all they have available.

    Hotel Wolcott
    4 W 31 St bet 5th and Broadway
    268-2900 fax 563-0096
    Gaudy lobby, simpler rooms. A.c, cable tv inc. HBO, voicemail. Gym, business center and internet kiosk, and self-serve laundry. Buddy Holly recorded here! Credit cards accepted. Have rooms good for 1-2 people for $160 includes tax.

    Carlton Arms
    160 E 25 St bet. 3rd & Lexington Avenues
    Shared baths, no a/c - but rooms have sinks
    2 can share a room for $73 inc. tax
    3 can share for $90
    If you stay 7 nites or more, you get 10% discount
    Must say you are from out of town or here for a conference. They cater to foreigners and students and the above categories.

    Senton Hotel
    39-41 W 27 St bet 6th Ave and Broadway
    684-5800 fax 545-1690
    Comfortable and spacious. a/c, cable tv, a fridge in every room.Rooms with shared bath are $67 single/double Rooms with private bath are $78 for 1-2 peopel. Rates include tax. No more 4 bed suites available.

    Malibu Studios Hotel
    2688 Broadway at 103 Street
    222-2954 fax 678-6842
    Clean, no wheelchair access
    Shared bath type rooms are $58 for singles; 481 for doubles
    Private rooms with bath - doubles available at $159.

    Hayden Hall
    117 W 79 St off Columbus Avenue
    787-4900 fax 496-3975
    rooms run-down, good location though.
    Private rooms wiht full bath are $98 for 1-2 people
    Suite with living room and bedroom for a possible 4 people are $115
    Shared bath type rooms are $58 for 1-2 people
    Room with shower/toilet and sink (no bathb\tub) are $87 for 1-2 people

    Murray Hill Inn
    143 E 30 St bet Lexington and 3rd Avenue
    683-6900 or 888-996-6376 fax 545-0103
    Clean, Holiday Inn type feeling. No elevator for upper floors!!
    All rooms have a/c, cable tv, sink and phone.
    Now available only bunk bed type rooms with shared bath for $87.

    Hotel 17
    225 E 17 St bet 2nd and 3rd Avenue
    475-2845 fax: 677-8178
    Historic site, eccentric lodgings. Rooms have sinks and a/c.
    Doubles with shared bath are $110 per nite. Better room is $120 with shared bath.
    Private room with bath is $150. All include tax.
    If stay 4 or more nites, get 10% discount.

    Madison Hotel
    21 E 27 Street at Madison AVenue
    532-7373 or 800-962-3576 fax 686-0092
    Precipitous stairs, not the cleanest place. Rooms are ok though with tv.a/c, private baths.
    Private singles are $99 inc. tax; private doubles are $121 inc. tax. Must pay $40 phone deposit.

    NY Intnatl HI-AYH Hostel
    891 Amsterdam at 103 St
    932-2300 fax 932-2574
    Dorm style rooms only. But groups of 4-9 folks can sometimes get private room for abt $120.Linen/towels provided. Dorm rates are about $25-30 nite plus non-member $3 surcharge. This is the HOstelling Intal Amer Youth Hostels organization.
    Age 54 and over pays $15 to join - you do not need to join to stay there.

    Uptown hostel
    239 Lenox (Malcolm X)Avenue at 122 St.
    666-0559 fax 663-5000
    Through May singles pay $15, doubles $3\23. Check in 10 AM to 8 PM.

    Jazz on the Park
    36 W 106 St at Central Park West
    Internet access. No wheelchair access
    Dorm style rooms: $30 - 40 per nite includes linen, towels and breakfast.

    YMCA-West Side
    5 W 63 St off West End Avenue- Columbus Circle
    787-4400 fax 875-1334
    Nice \, small rooms with a/c and cable tv/ 24 hr security and access to the pool and gym this Y is famous for.
    Singles $65
    Singles with bath $95
    Doubles $80
    Doubles with bat $110
    Some stairs at entrance, then accessible. Noon check out. Reservations recommended.

    Big Apple Hostel
    119 W 45 Street between 6th - 7th Avenues
    302-2603 fax 302-2605
    Must be from out of state.
    Dorm style bunk bed rooms $28
    Singles and doubles $75
    Reservations accepted Oct - June by fax or email.
    No wheelchair access. Credit cards accepted.

    Chelsea Center Hostel
    313 W 29 St
    643-0214 Fax 473-3945
    Brownstore, ring buzzer to enter.
    Most beds are in a large basement room, a camp feeling with a garden out back. Linen provided and lite breakfast.
    Beds are about $25 per nite
    Cash/travelers checks only.

    Aladdin Hotel
    317 W 45 St (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
    246-8580 fax 246-6036
    4-bed dorms, $35 per nite.
    Singles, doubles, triples: $86, 95, and $120 per nite.
    No wheelchair access.
    Singles/Doubles with shared bath $75-85
    Some credit cards accepted.
    Reserve 1 week in advance.

    Chelsea Intl Hostel
    251 W 20 Street (bet. 7th and 8th Avenues)
    647-0010 fax: 717-7289
    300 beds in all, a favoriate of European youth
    Dorm rooms are from $23 per nite
    Private rooms from $55 per nite, with a/c: $60
    Laundry and backyard garden, safe block. Need reservations.
    Sugar Hill Intl House
    722 St Nicholas Ave at 146 St.
    And same owners: Blue Rabbi Hostel
    730 St. Nicholas Ave 491-3892 -- has cats but more privacy, more doubles.
    A brownstone in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem. Rooms for 2 to 10 peple.
    All female room available. Internet access $2 for 30 min. Library.
    At both rooms are $18-22. Passport ID required. No smoking.
    Call asap bec they usually require one month advance notice.

    De Hirsch Residence
    1395 Lexington Ave at 92 Street
    415-5650 or 800-858-4692 fax: 415-5578
    Large rooms, convenient, comfortable. Single sex floors. Acces to parts of the 92nd St Y gym inc. pool.
    Singles $75
    Doubles $48
    3 day minimum stay. Wheelchair accessible.

    Intl Student Hospice
    154 E 33 St between Lexington and 3rd Avenue
    Up flight of stairs in brownstone.
    Not in great repair. Rooms are $28. Tiny hall bathroom.

    224 E 47 St bet. 2nd and 3rd Avenues
    5 blks from Grand Central Station
    Clean, bright, a/c and trv - also access to gym, 5 daily shuttles to the airports.
    Singles $68
    Doubles $81 - with sink in room $83
    Credit cards accepts. Wheelchair accessible.

    206 W 24 St between 7th and 8th Avenues
    741-9226 fax 741-8724. TV in all rooms. Access to gym and pool
    Singles up to $61
    Doubles $71
    Trips and quads $91 and $102. Add $5 for a/c
    Can reserve with money order of $59 or credit card.


    General numbers: Urban Venutre 212-594-5650 fax 947-9320 as the oldest B&B agency in the city with 900 listings.

    New World B&B 675-5600 or 800-443-3800 fax 212675-6366 - specializes in short term furnished apartments.

    Bed and Breakfast of New York
    212-645-8134 has weekly/monthly rates.

    Specific places:

    New York Bed and Breakfast
    134 W 119 St bet Lenox and Adam Clayton Powell Ave
    666-0559 fax 663-5000
    Eash room has a double bed and a single bed.Doubles $55 Triples $65 2 nite minimum

    Crystals Castle Bed and Breakfast
    119 W 119 St bet Lenox and Adam Clayton Powell Ave
    865-5522 fax 280-2061
    Only has 2 rooms, tho comfy.
    singles $76 Doubles $96 Take both rooms $409. Breakfast served in or near garden.
    credit cards ok. Advance reservations required.

    In Brooklyn:

    Akwaaba Mansion
    347 Macdougal st in Bedford-Stuyvesant section
    Awarded Landmarks Preservation status.All rooms have private bath, a/c. Deluxe rooms have southern breakfast and jacuzzi.
    About $150 before tax, live jazz Fri and Sat evenings.
    Park Slope Section of Brooklyn:
    Bed & Breakfast on the Park
    113 Prospect Park West
    718-499-6115 fax 718-499-1385
    Magnificent restored brownstone, museum quality furniture. Gourmet breakfast.
    7 double rooms. $225-275 per nite.

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    Some of the questions guiding our planning are the following, suggested by Board member Ron Winley from his work with the Committee on Correspondence:

       Ecological perspective/Wisdom: How can we operate human societies with the understanding that we are part of nature, not on top of it? How can we live within the ecological and resource limits of the planet? applying our technological knowledge to the challenge of an energy efficient economy? How can we guarantee the rights of non human species? How can we promote sustainable agriculture and respect for self regulating natural systems. How can we further biocentric wisdom in all spheres of life?
       Grassroots democracy - How can we develop systems that allow and encourage us to control the decisions that affect our lives? How can we insure that representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them? How can we develop planning mechanisms that would allow citizens to develop and implement their own preferences for policies and spending priorities? How can we encourage and assist the 'mediating institutions' -family, neighborhood organization, church group, voluntary association, ethnic-to receive some of the functions now performed by government? How can we relearn the best insights from American traditions of civic vitality, voluntary action, and community responsibility?
       Personal and Social responsibility. How can we respond to human suffering in ways that promote human dignity? How can we encourage people to commit themselves to lifestyles that promote their own health? How can we have a community controlled education system that effectively teaches our children academic skills, ecological wisdom, social responsibility, personal growth, and for those so-inclined, a spirituality committed to justice and the world as the visible body of God? How can we resolve interpersonal and intergroup conflicts without just turning them over to courts and judges? How can we take responsibility for reducing the crime rate in our neighborhoods? How can we encourage such values as simplicity and moderation?
       Decentralization. How can we restore power and responsibility to individuals, institutions, communities and regions? How can we redesign our institutions so that fewer decisions and less regulations over money are granted as one moves from the community toward the national level? How can we reconcile the need for community and regional self determination with the need for appropriate centralized regulation in certain matters.
       Community based economics. How can we redesign our work structures to encourage employee ownership and workplace democracy? How can we establish some form of basic economic security, open to all? How can we move beyond the narrow "job ethic" to new definitions of "work," "jobs," and "income" that reflect the changing economy? How can we restructure our patterns of income distribution to reflect the wealth created by those outside the formal, monetary economy. Those who take responsibility for parenting, housekeeping, home gardens, community volunteer work, etc.? How can we restrict the size and concentrated power of corporations without discouraging superior efficiency or technological innovation?
       Postpatriachal values. How can we replace the cultural ethics of dominance and control wit more cooperative ways of interacting? How can we encourage people to care about persons outside their own group? How can we promote the building of respectful, positive, and responsible relationships across the lines of gender and other divisions? How can we encourage a rich, diverse political culture that respects the feelings as well as rationalist approaches? How can we proceed with as much respect for the means as the end(the process as much as the products of our efforts)? How can we learn to respect the comtemplative, inner part of life as much as the outer activities?
       Respect for diversity. How can we honor cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious, and spiritual diversity within the context of individual responsibility toward all beings?
       Global responsibility. How can we be of genuine assistance to grassroots groups in the Third World? What can we learn from such groups? How can we help other countries make the transition to self sufficiency in food and other basic necessities?

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    Task Force Reports
    All the task forces are busy with planning for their tracks, plenaries, and workshops. One of the most important issues is liaisoning with other, like-minded organizations as soon as possible to insure their participation in (or at least awareness of) the conference and our other activities.
       The Work Issues, Law, and Environment Task Forces have been developing their missions and activities. The Work Issues RF is working to actualize a vision in which the world of work is no longer devoid of meaning, emphasizing profit at any cost and fails to recognize our inherent value as individuals, and our interconnectedness, but rather values a spirit of caring and compassion for employees, the community,and the planet as well as profitability, enabling individuals to utilize their unique skills and creativity, provides a living wage, and contributes positively to the creation of a more just, compassionate and sustainable world.
       Recently, the Environment TF has agreed on the following mission statement: "To identify, recognize, encourage, reward and publicize acts of caring by individuals, companies, communities and nations that help bring about an ecologically sensitive society and a sustainable world environment." They are now working on identifying, recognizing, encouraging, rewarding, and publicizing actions by individuals, corporations and government that promote respect for and healing of the environment.
       The Law and Meaning TF recently developed a "Declaration of Legal Renewal" that outlines its critique of the existing legal system and its program for change, some of which is based on the recent debate between Peter Gabel and Alan Dershowitz in Tikkun. In brief, it envisions a legal culture that promotes the healing of human relationships in ways that foster empathy, mutual recognition, trust, and respect.

    Other task forces--Religion/Spirituality, Culture & Media, NGO, Globalization, Health, and Education--have also been hard at work planning for the conference and beyond. Needless to say, despite the great efforts of many volunteers, we need your help to make this conference a success!! So please consider joining one or more of the task forces;
    click here for information on each)

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    Another wonderful conference co-sponsored by the Foundation:

    International Conference on Searching for Meaning in the New Millennium
    July 13-16, 2000, in Vancouver, B.C

    Organised by the International Network on Personal Meaning

    Conference description:
    We have sensed a growing interest in spiritual and existential issues in many places in North American culture. The meaning conference will be the first international, multidisciplinary gathering of health practitioners, researchers and educated lay persons interested in the quest for meaning and spirituality. I want to take this opportunity to invite you and your colleagues to consider participating in this unique opportunity.

    Speakers include:
  • Irvin Yalom M.D. (Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry; Stanford University)David Myers Ph.D. (Professor of Psychology, Hope College)
  • Jeffrey K. Zeig Ph.D. (Founder & Director of the Milton Erickson Foundation)
  • Ernesto Spinelli Ph.D. (Professor of Psychology, Regent's College, UK)
  • Sheila McNamee Ph.D. (Professor of Communication, University of New Hampshire)
  • Sheldon Solomon Ph.D. (Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College)
  • Eugene C. Bianchi Ph.D. (Professor of Religion; Emory University)
  • Alvin Mahrer Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus of Psychology; University of Ottawa)
  • Kirk J. Schneider (President of the Existential-Humanistic Institute; Saybrook Graduate School)
  • Louis E. Schmier (Professor of History; Valdosta State University)

    The Executive Inn Airport Plaza & Conference Centre
    Hotel information at: (
    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    For information contact:
    Paul T. P. Wong, PhD (Conference Chair)
    Graduate Counselling Psychology
    Trinity Western University
    Langley, BC, Canada V2Y 1Y1
    Tel: (604) 513-2034
    Fax: (604) 513-2010

    Call for Papers Deadline: March 15, 2000
    Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 15, 2000

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