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Building Empathy in a Fractured World

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Jamil Zaki
Jamil Zaki

Why is it so hard to understand people who are different from us, but so easy to hate them? Our society is struggling with an abundance of isolation and tribalism and a severe lack of empathy, and it doesn’t have to be this way. Join associate professor Jamil Zaki as he explains that empathy isn’t a fixed trait and that we can harness it to overcome toxic cultural divisions.

Please note this event is at 11:00 am Pacific Daylight Time. Click here to add to your calendar.

A Zoom link and instructions will be provided to all registrants via email on August 12.

About the Speaker

Jamil Zaki is an associate professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory who investigates how people respond to each other's emotions (empathy), why they conform to each other (social influence), and why they choose to help each other (prosociality). In his groundbreaking book, The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, he shares cutting-edge research showing that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that can be strengthened through effort.

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