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The Gotto Lecture Series Presents Jonathan Haidt

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Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

7 West 55th Street

New York, NY 10019

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New York University social psychologist and best-selling author Jonathan Haidt will inaugurate the Anita and Antonio Gotto Lecture Series at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His research focuses on the use of moral psychology to transcend the “culture wars," enhance public discourse and foster more civil forms of politics.

Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (Basic Books, 2006) and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Pantheon Books, 2012), which reached #6 on the New York Times’ best-seller list for nonfiction. He is the co-author (with Greg Lukianoff) of the new book, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (Penguin Publishing Group, 2018).

Haidt's lecture at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church will draw on the major themes of these books:

  • How parents and educators are failing to prepare the next generation to become the strong, resilient and generous citizens we need them to be.
  • How a better understanding of human moral psychology can bring people together across political and religious divides.
  • How the Great Truths, distilled across centuries and cultures, can help to mend the American fabric.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and all seats are general admission.

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

Learn more about Jonathan Haidt at jonathanhaidt.com.

Through the Gotto Lecture Series, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church offers compelling talks and presentations by renowned theologians and preachers, writers and scholars, across a range of faith traditions and academic disciplines. This series builds on the success of the church's visiting authors program, created in 2010, which has featured such acclaimed writers as Thomas Long, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Brown Taylor and Christian Wiman.

The Gotto Lecture Series is made possible through the generosity of Anita and Dr. Tony Gotto. Dr. Gotto is the former dean of Cornell University Weill Medical College in New York City. The Gottos have been members of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian church since 1998.

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church is on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in midtown Manhattan. The church is just a few blocks from the N R Q trains (Fifth Avenue station), the E M trains (53rd/Fifth Avenue station), the B D E trains (Seventh Avenue station), the 4 5 6 trains (59th Street/Lexington Avenue station) and the A B C D 1 trains (Columbus Circle station).

The closest bus stops are for the M57, M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 and Q32 bus lines.

Street parking is extremely limited. The church has a parking arrangement with the garage at 51 W. 56th St. For $16, you may park Monday through Friday from 5 pm until 12 am, or anytime until 1 am on Saturday, Sunday and holidays (12 hours maximum). Ask for discount coupons at the security desk, just inside the West 55th Street entrance of the church.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Stephanie Kelley at 212.247.0490 ext 3000 or skelley@fapc.org.

Is this a religious event?

No. While Dr. Haidt believes that faith communities can play a role in healing the country's ideological divisions, his lecture is largely secular in nature.

What time should I arrive?

We are anticipating a near-capacity crowd, so best to arrive 15-30 minutes early to choose your seat. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, at the Fifth Avenue entrance only (Fifth Avenue at West 55th Street). All seats are general admission.


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