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Lecture: Jane Shaw, "Empathy and the Arts"

Jane Shaw, Dean for Religious Life and Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University, discusses Empathyan exhibition she co-curated at the Cantor. “Empathy” entered the English language via aesthetics and psychology in the late 19th century. Today, empathy is discussed not only in the arts and humanities, but also in Silicon Valley, Stanford’s d.school, and the latest neuroscience. We share a deep need to walk in the shoes of another. Empathy traces the meaning and practice of empathy through artistic representations of Buddhist compassion; Christianity’s commandment to love our neighbor; Enlightenment moral philosophy; and Civil Rights-era photography. The exhibition accompanies the “Thinking Matters” undergraduate Stanford course taught by Dean Shaw.

Details

When:

Thursday, January 21, 2016. 05:30 PM

Where:

Cantor Auditorium

Sponsor:

Cantor Arts Center

Contact:

650-736-9371
mazout@stanford.edu

Admission:

Free. Doors open 5:15 P.M.