The 2017 International Roundtable on the topic "Empathy and Its Discontents" will be held October 12-14, 2017.

Our modern concept of empathy first emerged in the early nineteenth century as a matter of aesthetic philosophy. The idea of "feeling oneself into" a work of art quickly developed into a powerful social-scientific category with wide-ranging applications. Today, the international conversation about empathy is urgent and divisive. The idea is championed and challenged in equal measure by neuroscientists, human rights activists, arts critics, psychologists, philosophers, and commentators from many other fields. This roundtable seeks to bring these sometimes collaborative, sometimes conflicting perspectives together in one place.

more information about the 2017 International Roundtable

Every October, Macalester hosts the International Roundtable, a community-wide and globally-focused forum exploring critical issues from a variety of perspectives. Macalester invites speakers, academics, practitioners, community members and performers to offer their work and experiences to galvanize student engagement and prompt global thinking through plenary sessions, student-led workshops, and campus-wide activities.

For more information, contact Paul Overvoorde, .