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Building a Culture of Empathy, Jamil Zaki

Event Date: 
October 25, 2019

We evolved to connect with and care for each other, and such empathy undergirds human kindness. But the modern world makes empathy harder--through isolation, stress, and increasing tribalism.  Can we rebuild it?  Professor Zaki draws on his and others' research and practice--in the social sciences, peace-making, medicine, and technology--to argue that people can grow their empathy through practice, and build a culture of kindness along the way.

Jamil Zaki, associate professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory
Professor Zaki 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.

The Stanford Bookstore will sell books before and after this talk, and the speaker may be available to sign books following the event. Accepted payment methods include credit card, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. Books will also be available for purchase at the Stanford Bookstore during Reunion Homecoming.