Nikki Stern, author of “Hope in Small Doses,” comes to Rutgers on Tuesday, January 28 to optimistically kick off the Spring semester in an event sponsored by the Humanist Chaplaincy and cosponsored by the Rutgers Integral Spiritual Network.

The talk will take place at 7:30pm in Demarest Educational Building (not the dorm), which is behind the Second Reformed Church, 100 College Avenue, second floor Gym.  The entrance is on Mine Street at the back of the Rutgers Fed. Credit Union Parking Lot. Free parking for visitors is available in lots 26 (closest), 30 and the College Ave. Parking Deck.

Stern will describe how family history and personal experience, including her husband’s death on 9/11, have led her to search for a practical definition of ‘Hope.’

As a skeptic, neither certainty of divine providence nor much of wishful new age thinking hold any promise. Instead, Stern has researched the work of scientists and philosophers, poets and comedians, statesmen and women, to understand that hope is a combination of emotion and cognition that can build nations as well as rescue the depressed. For Stern, hope comes “without guarantees, but with endless possibilities.”

Hope Flyer


Nikki Stern has written pieces for The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today among others and online for Salon and TruthOut.  She has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and CBS Sunday Morning. She served as the first executive director of Families of September 11 (FOS11).  She is also the author of Because I Say So: the Dangerous Appeal of Moral Authority, her first book.

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