Community Speaker Series to Honor the 50th Anniversary of May 4

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 -

7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Community Speaker Series to Honor the 50th Anniversary of May 4

Can Science Help to Heal Our Divided Nation?

Join us for the first of a two-part distinguished speaker series “How Science Can Help: Fostering Connection in a Fractured World.” 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.

Following two TED-style talks, Jeff St. Clair, host of WKSU’s “All Things Considered” and “Exploradio,” will lead a moderated discussion, after which the audience is invited to attend a reception to meet the speakers.

How Science Can Help: Fostering Connection in a Fractured World
12/5/2019 at 7:00p, KIVA

Dr. Mary Dozier, a developmental psychologist at the University of Delaware, created a program that boosts resilience and connection in at-risk children. She will discuss techniques to enhance personal connections and help families who are facing adversity to thrive. She will present evidence regarding the intervention’s effects on children’s behavior and biology and describe how the model applies to neglected children, foster children, and children of mothers with opioid dependence.

Dr. Jamil Zaki, a social neuroscientist at Stanford University, is the author of the book “The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World.” His research demonstrates that empathy is a skill that we can all strengthen through effort and serves as an inspiring call to action. He will provide insights into how we can empathize more with others, and work towards mending the growing tears in our social fabric.

This event is hosted by The Department of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, in partnership with the national public radio affiliate WKSU 89.7 FM and the KSU Brain Health Research Institute, and was made possible in part by a generous gift from Judie Fall Lasser. It is part of the Community Speaker Series to Honor the 50th Anniversary of May 4: Can Science Help to Heal Our Divided Nation?

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