Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and many more popular stories has been named to receive the 2009 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard. According to the announcement,
The award, previously presented to novelist Salman Rushdie and punk rocker (and evolutionary biologist) Greg Graffin, is sponsored by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard and the Harvard Secular Society. The ceremony will take place on Friday April 10 at 8pm, in The Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. Preceding the presentation of the award, Mr. Whedon will give a short speech about his life and work as a Humanist. The award ceremony will be followed by a Q&A session with Mr. Whedon, as well as a signing opportunity in the church.
Tickets to the event will be $10, or $5 with a student ID. For more information, visit http://www.harvardhumanist.org/news/2009/02/09/joss-whedon-2009-cultural-humanism-award-winner.
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Temple B’nai Brith in Somerville, MA, will host a lecture titled “Jews in the Final Frontier” on Thursday, December 11th, from 7:30 to 9:00pm. Here’s the description:
From Vulcans to Batman, from robots to wizards, Jewish writers and actors have shaped every level of American fantasy and science fiction. Born into immigrant families, many Jews often had to hide their ‘secret identity’ behind bland public masks — a social reality that led to the birth of such famous superheroes as Superman, Spiderman and scores of others.
And that’s only the beginning of the story… Join us as we delve into the strange new worlds of F&SF texts and films as we explore their Jewish roots and continued influences in the present day!
Guest lecturer Joshua Breindel, a fifth year rabbinical student at Hebrew College, holds an MA in Jewish folklore. He is a talented storyteller and has been teaching Judaism and spirituality all around New England. This year he is acting as the spiritual leader of the Greater Jewish Community of Stowe, VT.
To register for the talk, visit http://templebnaibrith.org/adulted.html. There is a recommended donation of $8.
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