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Beyond Empathy: Responsibility in a post-truth world


  • Hagar Cohen, Father Bob Maguire, Dr Gary Galambos


Beyond Empathy: Responsibility in a post-truth world


Sunday 29 October, 10:30am

In a world that is often perceived as chaotic and rushed, we need empathy to create connections, bring people together and to forge friendships and caring. Empathy promotes understanding of the ‘other’, sharpens our capacity to relate and enables us to develop a healthy society. The art of imaginatively stepping into another person’s shoes and seeing the world from their perspective is a valuable twenty-first century asset.

But how do we develop these feelings and who has the responsibility of engendering this understanding? Can empathy be taught? How do we manage our position in society, fulfill our responsibilities effectively while also imparting empathy? What does empathy offer in the context of a world where objective facts are less influential in shaping public and political debate and opinion, when misinformation and ambiguity is blatantly presented as truth, appealing to emotion and personal beliefs?

These issues will be addressed and discussed at ‘Beyond empathy: responsibilities in a post-truth world’ an event held by The Sydney Jewish Museum in partnership with Sydney Health Ethics – School of Public Health at The University of Sydney.

The presenters will be:

  • Hagar Cohen – Walkley award winning journalist currently working on ABC’s Background Briefing.
  • Father Bob Maguire – An Australian Roman Catholic Priest, community worker and media personality. Bob is actively engaged in Fr Bob Maguire Foundation that serves more than 45,000 hot meals and 8,000 hampers a year.
  • Dr Gary Galambos – A psychiatrist at St Vincent’s Hospital, with a special interest in anxiety, mood and psychotic disorders, bipolar, depression and dysthymic disorder. Gary is also a Senior Lecturer at UNSW.
  • The Moderator is Dr Michael Robertson – A clinical Associate Professor at The University of Sydney.

Through this thought provoking yet entertaining event, we hope to begin the conversation towards tackling the ‘empathy deficit’ that seems to exists in the world today.

Booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased here online or by calling 9360 7999.