Since the earliest days of computer culture, MIT researcher and preeminent media scholar Sherry Turkle, Ph.D., the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, has been sounding an alarm about our engagement with digital technology. In her 2011 book Alone Together, Prof. Turkle diagnosed how living behind our screens undermines our social connections and emotional lives. Her 2015 New York Times bestseller Reclaiming Conversation proposed a solution: to look up from our screens and talk to each other. Yet the past year has forced many of us into more screen-dependent isolation than ever before. What does Sherry Turkle make of our post-pandemic landscape?
In her new memoir The Empathy Diaries, Prof. Turkle explores a counterintuitive pattern across her lifetime of work devoted to keeping people connected: that empathy and connection can arrive when we feel the most alone and unfamiliar. Reflecting on her coming-of-age and a path-blazing career, The Empathy Diaries is full of honest and surprising lessons that meet our moment when empathy seems in short supply.
Prof. Turkle will be in conversation with Rabbi Wendi Geffen, senior rabbi at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of The Empathy Diaries from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Prof. Turkle and Robbi Geffen that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/sherry-turkle-empathy-diaries-fan-event
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