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Jamil Zaki on "The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World"

5:14-5:59pm check-in; 6:00pm sharp to 7:00pm book talk; 7:00-7:10pm book sale

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Speaker Series

Date: Wednesday October 16, 2019 | 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Speaker(s): Jamil Zaki, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University; Director, Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab; Author
Topic: "The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World" (by J. Zaki, Crown, 2019)
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $36.00 plus HST per person (includes 1 hardcover copy of "The War for Kindness" and 1 seat for the talk)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: Empathy is in short supply. Isolation and tribalism are rampant. We struggle to understand people who aren’t like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States is suffering from an “empathy deficit.” Since then, things only seem to have gotten worse.    It doesn’t have to be this way. In this ground-breaking book, Jamil Zaki shares cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab, 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. He also tells the stories of people who embody this new perspective, fighting for kindness in the most difficult of circumstances. We meet a former neo-Nazi who is now helping extract people from hate groups, ex-prisoners discussing novels with the judge who sentenced them, Washington police officers changing their culture to decrease violence among their ranks, and ICU nurses fine-tuning their empathy so that they don’t succumb to burnout.  Written with clarity and passion, The War for Kindness is an inspiring call to action. The future may depend on whether we accept the challenge.

SESSION SPONSOR: Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) 

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