News & Events
The Greater Good Science Center is dedicated to building connections with the community beyond UC Berkeley. By sponsoring public lectures and participating in public symposia we encourage dialogue about the importance of promoting positive emotions and relationships in classrooms, in families, and in our communities at large.
A discussion of the Fall/Winter 2005-06 issue of Greater Good, which featured a series of essays on empathy. Several of the issue’s contributors discussed their articles, including noted sociologist Arlie Hochschild who argued that social and political factors are inhibiting the expression of empathy in America today. Hochschild was joined by Philip and Carolyn Cowan who outlined their extensive research on the role of empathy in romantic relationships.
What does inequality have to do with empathy? Robert Reich delivered a public lecture, “Social Justice and Social Empathy: Where Did They Go? How Can We Regain Them?” sponsored by The Greater Good Science Center on the UC-Berkeley campus. Reich, a former labor secretary in the Clinton administration and a distinguished visiting professor at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, engaged the overflowing audience in a lively discussion of how rising inequality and frayed social bonds. He also shared his thoughts on the role of a renewed form of public leadership to remind people of their responsibilities to one another.
A conference at the Clark Kerr Conference Center in UC Berkeley addressing issues on conflicts in the classroom with presentations on studies conducted by Abbey Alkon, Allison Birscoe-Smith, Susan Stone, Erika Rosenberg, Janis Keyser, Marilyn Watson, Anne Gregory, and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton. Topics include compassion, race, inequality and community in a classroom setting.
The Second Annual Symposium of the Berkeley Center for the Development of Peace and Well-being was held May 9-10 at the Clark Kerr Conference Center on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The symposium included presentations by top scholars, commentary and questions, small-group breakout sessions to enable more in-depth discussion of specific aspects of equality, and poster presentations by the Hornaday Fellows. Over 150 members of the academic, professional, and lay community were in attendance. Participants engaged in an intriguing conversation regarding the notions of equality, inequality, egalitarianism, and hierarchy across time, space, and species.
Psychologists, social workers, educators, and others focused on how to foster resilience in at-risk children.