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Teaching Empathy in College

A faithful supporter recently sent me an interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education in which the writer asks the question: should empathy be taught to college students? The author, Richard Kahlenberg, asks:...

Facebook: the face of empathy today?

I read a very inspiring article in the New York Times about a new Facebook page that is connecting young Palestinians and Israelis. It’s called Facebook.com/yalaYL, the YL standing for “young leaders.” This site...

The GIft of Sharing Pain

I have a good friend who has cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall, had 3 surgeries, and has been undergoing a grueling series of chemo and radiation treatments that started in...

MILK for MLK Day

We just watched the movie “Milk” this evening, and it occurred to me afterward what an appropriate thing this was to do on this particular day. So many parallels between Martin Luther King Jr....

New Year’s Resolution: More Empathy

My New Year’s resolution might surprise some people. I resolve to be more empathetic. Yes, I am generally a pretty empathetic person. But I want to be less judgmental and more understanding of where...

Religious Intolerance Tsunami

I feel like there is a tsunami of religious intolerance sweeping the globe lately. In New York: The growing controversy over building a Muslim center a couple blocks from ground zero results in a...

follow-up to previous discussion

My son, Zack, sent me this e-mail in response to my query as to whether young people are really less empathetic than their predecessors: Without knowing the details of the study, it’s really hard...

Are young people less empathetic?

I read about a new study that claims that college kids are about 40% less empathetic than their counterparts 20 or 30 years ago. This was a large study analyzing data on 14,000 college...

Gay stigma fading away

Good news on the empathy front! New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow reports on the Gallup research organization’s findings that the percentage of Americans who feel that gay and lesbian relations are “morally...