4450 Fieldston Rd
Bronx, NY 10471
Speaker: Govind Nair
How might tenets of humanism guide us intellectually and ethically in responding to a world where humans are seemingly increasingly interconnected through technology, trade, migration, and a common global environment? This presentation seeks to offer a framework for humanists for viewing the challenges of globalization and for adopting reason and agency as key principles for collective thought and action in this setting. It will draw from concepts and evidence from multiple disciplinary perspectives to suggest four pillars on which to base how we think and act in globally interconnected society.
About the Speaker:
A Singapore-born dual USA/Australia national who has lived in six countries and traveled to over 90 countries on all continents, Govind Nair is a humanist with a lifelong passion for understanding the nature and challenges of globalization. After a 25-year career with the World Bank where he retired in 2010 as Lead Economist, Govind established an independent global practice as speaker, consultant, and trainer in policy and management issues related to globalization. He has spoken at dozens of international conferences and workshops and has taught in Australia, Malaysia, and the United States, including The George Washington University where he currently delivers an annual graduate course in organizational economics. He was formerly a Board member of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society and currently divides his time between the Washington DC metro area and Cambridge, UK where he participates in several humanist groups. He has delivered different versions of today’s presentation to Ethical Societies in Northern Virginia, Baltimore, and Westchester, NY, as well as other fora around the world. Govind is a graduate of Reed College and Princeton University and also studied at the Sorbonne and Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France.
11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another. We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30. After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks. Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!
Our Ethics Matters theme for October is Sanctuary: the practice of cultivating welcoming space for all and cultivating one’s own inner and outer refuge.