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March 22, 2018

Robert Wright with Rev. Dr. Serene Jones: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Please note this event takes place at the 92Y in Manhattan and is sponsored by the Garrison Institute. 

Robert Wright, the New York Times bestselling author of The Evolution of God and The Moral Animal, talks with the President of the Union Theological Seminary, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, about his new book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.

Wright combines evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age, and how Buddhism can hold the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

Thursday, March 22, 7–9pm
Ticket Price: $29

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Robert Wright is the author of The Evolution of God (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Nonzero, The Moral Animal (named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review), Three Scientists and their Gods (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Bloggingheads.tv and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time, Slate and The New Republic. He has taught in the psychology department at the University of Pennsylvania and the religion department at Princeton University, where he also created the popular online course “Buddhism and Modern Psychology.” He is currently Visiting Professor of Science and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is a highly respected scholar and public intellectual, and the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 180-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is the Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and Chair of the University’s Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The author of several books including Trauma and Grace, Jones, a popular public speaker, is sought by media to comment on major issues impacting society because of her deep grounding in theology, politics, women’s studies, economics, race studies, history, and ethics.

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