Generous Gift in Honor of the Late Prominent Psychologist Dr. Mona Riklis Ackerman Funds New NYU School of Professional Studies Annual Lecture Series on the Psychology of Philanthropy

November 9, 2015 Inaugural Event to be Moderated by Lukas Haynes, Executive Director of The David Rockefeller Fund


NEW YORK, November 5, 2015 – Thanks to a generous gift by Mr. Ari J. Ackerman and Dr. Gila Ackerman Steinbock in memory of their mother, the late Dr. Mona Riklis Ackerman, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) is launching a new lecture series. The inaugural Dr. Mona Riklis Ackerman Annual Lecture Series on the Psychology of Philanthropy will take place on Monday, November 9, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion, 60 Washington Square South.

Dr. Ackerman, who was a prominent New York City clinical psychologist, also was known for the popular weekly advice column, “Dr. Mona Knows,” which she wrote for The Huffington Post. She was a graduate of New York University, as well as a former trustee. In addition, she taught “Psychology of Philanthropy,” as an adjunct professor in the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. Dr. Ackerman was herself, deeply philanthropic, providing support to a broad range of cultural and scientific organizations in New York City and around the world.

Lukas Haynes
, executive director of The David Rockefeller Fund, will moderate the first lecture in this annual series, guiding the conversation on the psychology of philanthropy with leaders in this area who represent a diverse range of approaches to giving. Panelists will include Oriel FeldmanHall, postdoctoral fellow, NYU Department of Psychology, and assistant professor, Cognitive, Linguistics & Psychological Sciences Department, Brown University; Olivia Ofer, philanthropy manager, Impetus-Private Equity Foundation (Impetus-PEF), founder, Propel Fund, and co-founder and board member, Education Opportunity Fund; and Michael Steinhardt, managing member, Steinhardt Management Company Inc.

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