The Humanities Institute

Program Archive

Empathy

In the spring semester of 2005, the Scripps College Humanities Institute program will focus on Empathy. What does it mean to feel (or think) as another? When we consider the structure and obligations of social relationships, ourselves and others, justice and equality, reason, emotion, and values in politics and in social relationships, this is a topic of considerable interest. It is also, strikingly, a topic of various disciplines, sometimes, although not always, crossing the boundaries of those disciplines. Our work during the semester will be to pursue those intersections and blurring of disciplinary boundaries by bringing together scholars in such fields as neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, literary criticism, history, anthropology, art history, media studies, legal studies, and musicology. One of the challenges of the semester will be to explore how—and why—”empathy” is a shared focal point in these otherwise very different enterprises. Why is it of such interest? What does it tell us about our human selves and about our relationships to others?

Speakers and Events

February 10, 2004
Claudia Strauss
Professor of Anthropology, Pitzer College

Is Empathy Gendered and If So, Why? A Perspective from Feminist Psychological Anthropology
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

Professor Strauss studies the beliefs of U.S. Americans about social policy issues, such as immigration and economic fairness. Her current research investigates the life stories and political outlooks of the unemployed and underemployed. Her areas of expertise also include psychological anthropology, culture theory, American political culture, discourse analysis, and qualitative social research methods.

January 27, 2005
Benjamin Vilhauer
Visiting Assistant Professor at Claremont McKenna College

Empathy and Remose
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

February 17, 2005
Jean Decety
Professor and Head of Social Cognitive Neuroscience Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences

The Functional Architecture of Human Empathy
"Old Music" Building

February 17, 2005
Evan Thompson
Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science and the Embodied Mind, Department of Philosophy, York University

Empathy and Consciousness
"Old Music" Building

February 17, 2005
Dorothy Otnow Lewis, M.D.
Clinical PRofessor, Yale University

Ethical Implications of Pur Knowledge about Violence: Biopsychosocial Characteristics of Condemned Juveniles
Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

February 28, 2005
Stephen Darwall
John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan

Empathy, Respect, and the Second-Person Standpoint
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

March 2, 2005
Jennifer Goltz
Professor of Voice and Music Theory, Scripps College

Finding the Piece: How a Performer Prepares
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

March 3, 2005
Alison Landsberg
Assistant Professor of American Cultural History and Film, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University

Spectatorial Engagements: Empathy and the Politics of Identification
Humanities Auditorium

March 3, 2005
Dominic Lopes
Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished University Scholar, University of British Columbia

Empathy through Art
Humanities Auditorium

March 3, 2005
Marion Guck
Louise Cuyler Collegiate Professor of Music, University of Michigan

What Music Elicits: Empathy, Antipathy, and Other Modes of Response
Boone Recital Hall

March 31, 2005
William Reddy
William T. Laprade Professor of History and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University

Empathizing with What? The Emergent Character of Emotions
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

March 31, 2005
Jacqueline Stevens
Law and Society Program, UC Santa Barbara

Empathy Research in the 1950s and 1960s
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

March 31, 2005
George Lakoff
Professor of Linguistics at UC Berkeley and Senior Fellow at The Rockridge Institute

Keynote Address
Balch Auditorium

April 1, 2005
Norma Feschbach
Professor of Psychology at UCLA

"Children's Empathy: Its Potential for Social Development and Education"
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

April 1, 2005
Virginia Held
Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York Graduate School and Hunter College

"The Caring Person"
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

April 1, 2005
Colin Allen
Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University

"From Observation to Empathy for Animals: Is This Moral Progress?"
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

April 1, 2005
Kenneth Reinhard
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA

"Otherwise than Empathy: The Ethics of the Neighbor in Lacan and Levinas"
Hamptom Room, Malott Commons

April 7, 2005
Christian Hubert
Architect, New York

Outside/in: Frank Gehry and Empathy
Boone Recital Hall

April 7, 2005
Juliet Koss
Assistant Professor of art History at Scripps College

Thoroughly Modern Empathy
Boone Recital Hall

Juliet Koss's research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century European art, architecture, and related fields, with an emphasis on German and Soviet modernism. The Gesamtkunstwerk, outmoded and newfangled media, and spectatorship. Current research project: "Model Soviets, Monumental Snapshots, and the Perfect Future."