Empathy and/or… Ways of Caring

Empathy signals care for others, but also knowing what others feel. Our conference will consider possible differences between caring and knowing, along with corollary effects in security, medicine, politics, ethics, education, and the arts.

Schools of medicine today train doctors in empathy, as do some police academies. Similarly, fields such as education, politics, and law have been concerned to “close the empathy gap” between classes, races, and genders, in order to become more responsive to underserved populations. A paradoxical result has been that professionals expand their capacity to think and to feel, while the underserved remain objects of attention.

We will explore, among other questions, what can be accomplished by reciprocity in the work of bridging gaps.

March 14, 2019 at Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 02138 | 5pm to 9pm

March 15, 2019 at Belfer case Room, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 02138 | 9am to 12pm

Participants include: 

Juma Assiago, Safer Cities, UN-HABITAT; Salvador del Solar, Minister of Culture Peru (2017-18); Alice Flaherty, HMS, MGH; Peter Levine, Tufts University; Robert Lue, FAS, LabXchange, Harvard; Pier Luigi Sacco, Advisor European Union and FAS; John Rosenthal, PAARI, Stop Handgun Violence, FoBH; Doris Sommer, FAS; Lisa Wong, HMS; and many more.

*Limited Seating, RSVP required at http://bit.ly/EmpathyHarvard

For information, contact Jahnvi Singh at jsingh@culturalagents.org