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      December 5, 2019

      Thursday   7:00 PM

      Kent State University , 1075 Risman Dr.
      Kent, Ohio

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      Cultivating Empathy and Personal Connection

      Social media and the 24-hour news cycle have contributed to a national climate that is more polarized than ever. People report being more isolated than at any time in history, and the rates of depression and anxiety have skyrocketed as a consequence. Is this the new normal? Cutting-edge research shows that empathy and social connection is still possible, even after tragedy. Talks will provide concrete suggestions for fostering compassion and empathy for others, even under stressful circumstances and even for those who are quite different from us.    Dr. Jamil Zaki is a social neuroscientist at Stanford University and author of the upcoming book The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World. His argument that empathy is a skill that we can all strengthen through effort serves as an “inspiring call to action.” Dr. Mary Dozier is a developmental psychologist at the University of Delaware and creator of a program that boosts resilience and connection in at-risk children.  She will discuss techniques for enhancing personal connections that helps families who are facing adversity to thrive. This event is part of the Community Speaker Series to Honor the 50th Anniversary of May 4: Can Science Help to Heal Our Divided Nation?

      Categories: Science

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