Watch Jamil Zaki, Author of THE WAR FOR KINDNESS, Speak About the Power of Empathy

By Allan Spencer | December 14 2020 | College & University Reads

Jamil Zaki, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, joined Penguin Random House Education and the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) at their annual conference, held virtually this October, to speak about the psychology behind empathy. Based on 15 years of research, he has found that we all have the ability to strengthen our own capacity for it should we so choose—and argues that it’s more important than ever to do just that. As a professor himself, Zaki imparts lessons learned from teaching his own students in a seminar entitled “Becoming Kinder” and how other educators can utilize the book and their own classrooms as “empathy gyms” to challenge students to exercise this vital trait in their daily lives.

View the video of Jamil Zaki’s full talk below:


The War for Kindness
Building Empathy in a Fractured World
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