About

Hi! I’m Kim. I write about parenting, community, camp, art, and more from my perspective as a humanist and critical thinker. I am the Executive Director of Camp Quest, Inc., a national network of summer camps featuring fun, friends, and freethought for children aged 8-17. I hold a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University and a BA in Theatre from Hunter College, City University of New York. I’m a founding board member of the Staunton Media Alliance / WQSV 106.3 FM, a community radio station. The views I express here are my own.

FAQs:

Why “Mum”?
I’m American, and my husband, Geoff, is British. Our daughter has dual nationality. Mum is the British form of “Mom”, so around our house, I’m Mum!

What is a humanist?
A humanist is someone who identifies with and follows the principles of humanism. There are many definitions of humanism. The American Humanist Association offers one definition:

Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity. – American Humanist Association

The Amsterdam Declaration 2002 is the official defining statement of World Humanism issued by the International Humanist and Ethical Union General Assembly. I like it because it resonates with what I value in humanism: creativity, social justice, reason, responsibility, and compassion. As a scholar of early modern drama (specifically Shakespeare), I am also drawn to the origins of modern humanism –  Classical art and literature – and their manifestation in early modern and modern culture and art.

I also identify as a Unitarian Universalist because I value the diverse experiences of others through expression of our natural human need for beloved and welcoming community. For more on humanism and UU, visit the UU Humanist Association.