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The War for Kindness

This event is the latest in our member-led forums’ Art and Science of Well-Being series. 

Are Americans suffering from an "empathy deficit,” as Barack Obama claimed in 2006? Studies do show that we are less caring than we were even 30 years ago. But Jamil Zaki argues that empathy is not a fixed trait we’re born with. It's a skill we can all strengthen through effort. Drawing on both classic and cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab, Zaki shows how we can overcome toxic cultural divisions. He also tells the stories of people who are living these principles—fighting for kindness in the most difficult of circumstances. Written with clarity and passion, The War for Kindness is an inspiring call to action.

MLF Organizer: George Hammond

MLF: Humanities

Zaki photo by Sarah Deragon

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Jamil Zaki

Professor of Psychology, Stanford University; Director, Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab; Author, The War for Kindness