Title of Presentation: Hope in Small Doses: a Blueprint for Reasonable Happiness
Date & Time: Saturday, June 1 4:00 pm
Presentation Summary: Nikki Stern, the author of Hope in Small Doses, has sought to redefine hope not as a divine right or an assurance from the universe but as a series of possibilities. In her presentation she will talk about how we might discover that an uncertain world can nevertheless accommodate a reasoned version of hope, one that emphasizes what could be. By decoupling hope from certainty, she suggests, we allow ourselves to imagine something better—for ourselves, for our children, for our world. In other words, we may not know what the future holds, but we are free to work for the best possible version of that future. Nikki’s hope is a practical blueprint for living an engaged life. The presentation will include several interactive elements by which the audience can participate. In substance and style it will lean much more towards seminar than one-sided presentation or lecture.
Biography: Nikki Stern delivers commentary with what NPR host Kurt Andersen describes as “even-keeled grace, tolerance and common sense.” She’s written for the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today and Humanist Magazine, among others. She’s a member of the Center for Inquiry’s Speakers’ Bureau and has been a guest on shows such as NPR’s “All Things Considered” and CBS “Sunday Morning.”
Books include Because I Say So: Moral Authority’s Dangerous Appeal, which details her experiences as a 9/11 widow and skewers the concept of presumed moral authority; and Hope in Small Doses. She contributed to Beyond Zuccotti Park and the forthcoming Global Chorus.