Nikki Stern

Writer · Princeton, New Jersey

Nikki Stern writes political, social and cultural commentary with what NPR host Kurt Andersen describes as “even-keeled grace, tolerance and common sense.” She is the author of three books and a contributor to three anthologies that deal with aspects of peaceful resistance Her first book, Because I Say So: Moral Authority’s Dangerous Appeal, reviewed her experiences as a 9/11 widow in light of our culture’s belief in unequivocal moral certainty. Hope in Small Doses, which recommends a version of reasonable version of hope that thrives in times of uncertainty, has continued to enjoy robust sales and is carried in the September 11 National Museum book store.

Nikki’s pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Humanist Magazine, Princeton Magazine, Salon, TruthOut, and Talking Writing. She has been a guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and CBS “Sunday Morning,” among others. She’s also been a featured speaker at the American Humanist Association’s Annual Convention and at several colleges around the country. Nikki is the former editor of Does This Make Sense, an online magazine devoted to critical thinking. An entertaining and experienced public speaker, she presents on various topics, including living with doubt while embracing possibility.

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Topics: Humanism, Philosophy, Psychology
Subtopics: Ethics & morality

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