Nikki Stern writes political, social and cultural commentary with what NPR host Kurt Andersen has described as “even-keeled grace, tolerance and common sense.”  Her first book, Because I Say So: Moral Authority’s Dangerous Appeal, details her experiences as a 9/11 widow in the context of our culture’s belief in unequivocal moral certainty. Hope in Small Doses recommends a version of hope that thrives in times of uncertainty (see Hope in Small Doses, above, or click here). Nikki is also a contributor to Beyond Zuccotti Park, published by New Village Press.

Nikki’s pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Humanist Magazine, Princeton Magazine, and online at Salon, TruthOut, and Talking Writing. She has been a guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and CBS “Sunday Morning,” among others.

As the first executive director of Families of September 11 (FOS11), a national outreach organization, Nikki advocated on behalf of victims’ families. Under her leadership, FOS11 received an award from the conflict transformation group Search for Common Ground. An experienced public speaker, Nikki is a member of the Center for Inquiry’s Speakers’ Bureau and a frequent speaker on issues of social relevance.

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