The Gotto Lecture Presents Emma Green

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Emma Green is nationally recognized staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers politics, policy, and religion.

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Register here for the October 22nd, 7pm virtual Gotto Lecture. This event is free and open to all.

Emma Green is nationally recognized staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers politics, policy, and religion. Emma has written broadly about religion and politics in the United States, focusing on the growing fissures that make it difficult for Americans to cooperate with one another as neighbors and citizens. She was recently awarded the 2020 Laureate of the George W. Hunt Prize for outstanding journalism and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio.

The event will be moderated by the Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, senior pastor of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

The Lecture will be made live on Thursday, October 22nd at 7 pm EST. You can find the lecture on our Youtube Channel.

On the day of the event, registrants will receive an email with a link to the lecture. The lecture is free but registration is required.

Past Speakers

David Brooks

In 2019, New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks headlined the Gotto Lecture. In addition to his work as a columnist and commentator, Brooks is the author of four books, including The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (2019). He is also an executive director of The Aspen Institute, where he leads Weave: The Social Fabric Project. His lecture was entitled, “Sacred Bonds: How to Weave Americans Back Together.” A replay of this lecture is available here.

Dr. Jonathan Haidt

The first speaker in the series was the moral psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Jonathan Haidt. Dr. Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is the author of three books—The Happiness Hypothesis (2006), The Righteous Mind: How Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012) and The Coddling of the American Mind (with Greg Lukianoff, 2018). His lecture—“How Three Terrible Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, and How Ancient Wisdom Can Lead to a Brighter Future”—built on the message of these books.

About the Anita & Antonio Gotto Lecture Series

Inaugurated in October 2018, the Gotto Lecture Series is made possible through a generous contribution from Anita and Antonio Gotto, longtime members of the congregation.

The Gotto Lecture Series builds on the success of Fifth Avenue’s visiting authors program, created by Senior Pastor Scott Black Johnston in 2010. This program has featured such acclaimed writers as James Carroll, Thomas Long, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Brown Taylor and Christian Wiman.

Anita and Antonio Gotto are both natives of Nashville, Tennessee, where they attended Vanderbilt University. They lived in Houston for 25 years, where they raised their family. Tony Gotto was chair of internal medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. Anita, a former teacher, served on a number of community boards. The Gottos moved to New York in 1997, when Tony became the dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. They joined Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1998, where Tony has served on the Board of Trustees and Anita on the Session.

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