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Coyle Scholar

Jonathan Haidt

October 21, 2020: Jonathan Haidt

"What is Happening to Gen Z and How to Make our Kids Smarter and Stronger"

Jonathan Haidt, renowned social psychologist and the New York Times bestselling author of titles including The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion and The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure will return to Greens Farms Academy as a Coyle Scholar this fall, presenting his keynote, “What is Happening to Gen Z: How to Make Our Kids Smarter and Stronger” in the Janet Hartwell Performing Arts Center. Haidt’s self-proclaimed mission is to “use research on moral psychology to help people understand each other and to help important social institutions work better in an era of rampant and destructive political polarization.”

Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom; The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion; and The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (co-authored with Greg Lukianoff). The last two books each became New York Times bestsellers. Haidt's writings appear frequently in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He was named one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and by Prospect magazine. Visit Haidt’s website for more on his books, articles, and areas of research. Haidt’s TED Talks can be found here


January 26, 2021: Julie Lythcott-Haims

"What It Means to Be Black in White Spaces"

In this powerful talk on identity and community, Julie Lythcott-Haims will share her experience as a Black and biracial woman growing up in white spaces. She found that even as she accomplished so much—graduating from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, working as a corporate lawyer and as Stanford's first-ever dean of freshmen—she still couldn't escape the grip racism, discrimination, and microaggressions had on her sense of self. In this talk, she will share how she found self-acceptance through the healing power of community. Her story is deeply personal, but its message is universal: people from marginalized communities will recognize echoes of their own experiences, and allies will learn how they can better show up, listen, and advocate for others.

In Lythcott-Haims' Real American: A Memoir, she writes a powerful and award-winning reflection of identity, belonging, and community, and details growing up Black and biracial in white spaces. She shares the role that racism, discrimination, and microaggressions took on her self-worth, and how she found acceptance through community. To purchase a copy of Real American: A Memoir, click here.

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What is Coyle Scholar?

James M. Coyle Endowed Visiting Scholars Program
This program, begun in 1996, brings to Greens Farms Academy at least twice each year inspiring, prominent individuals of scholarly and contemporary interest, public servants, academicians, people of letters, or other public figures who have made a sustained and lasting contribution to education defined in its broadest sense. Each visiting scholar is invited to spend the day at the School, attend classes, and work with our students. After a reception, the visiting scholar delivers a public lecture for the community-at-large.

Past Coyle Scholars