Conversations About Our Scholarly Lives

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Monday Dec 3, 2018
Suite 309, DeWitt Wallace Library

James Dawes, English, will present “Empathy and Human Rights."  In his new book, James Dawes takes up some of the key questions we considered in last year's International Roundtable.  How do spectators of suffering develop or fail to develop empathy for distant strangers?  How does empathy help us promote human flourishing, and what are its risks?  What can literature and storytelling teach us about empathy?  In The Defense of Poesy, Sir Philip Sidney describes the tyrant, Alexander Pherӕus, “from whose eyes a tragedy well made and represented drew abundance of tears; who without all pity had murdered infinite numbers, and some of his own blood, so as he that was not ashamed to make matters for tragedies, yet could not resist the sweet violence of a tragedy.” What is the line that separates those who are merely moved from those who are moved to act?

Contact: Theresa Klauer, ext 6881

This event is for: Faculty

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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