Young people in today’s American society face many challenges. Tumultuous economic conditions, continued discrimination leveled against large segments of the population, and progressive climate change are all serious issues that we as a nation have failed to deal with effectively. Can the current American moral framework, which seems lacking and foundationless, be cited as a source aggravating these problems? Can Humanism provide the generation now entering adulthood effective solutions?
Katherine “Kati” LaClair grew up in New Jersey, attending the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County in Maplewood for much of her childhood. Two years ago, she graduated from Drew University in Madison, NJ, with a BA in neuroscience. She then moved to Baltimore, where she is pursuing a PhD in cellular and molecular medicine at Johns Hopkins and currently studying the disease mechanisms of and therapeutic strategies for Alzheimer’s disease. Last November, LaClair, by then a regular visitor, joined the Baltimore Ethical Society. She recently co-founded BES-Youth Action (BES-YA) to involve the next generation of Ethical Humanists in direct action with the Society and the larger community.
Listen to the podcast of her platform address delivered April 8, 2012: