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Tuesday, March 14 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Exploring Empathy with Play and Embodied Pedagogy

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Empathy is the ability to understand and respect difference (another person’s or group’s experience) on the basis of common humanity.  As such, it is an essential capacity for our times that deserves our study and cultivation. But empathy is not just about knowing, it is about feeling too—and that feeling involves the body. Embodied and engaged pedagogy, including use of the arts, games, and play, is especially suited to exploring and cultivating empathy because it takes place in the liminal space between reality and imagination, facilitating the safe exploration of new ideas, perspectives, and experiences. In this workshop, Jen Knox and Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, will share activities for engaging students in their exploration of empathy, including both its potential and its potential pitfalls, rooted in the SEE Learning framework, a K-12 and higher education framework for social, emotional and ethical learning developed at Emory University.  Participants will experience easy-to-implement techniques from performing and visual arts.  No background in the arts is required for participation!

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Jennifer Knox

Director of Character Ed and Ethical Leadership, Woodward Academy
Jennifer Knox is the Woodward Academy’s Director of Character Education and the Ron M. Brill Chair for Ethical Leadership Development, where she oversees the implementation of the SEE Learning Program and supports Academy-wide work with character and leadership development, service... Read More →
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Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Teaching Professor at Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. He received his doctoral degrees from Oxford University and Emory University and his research focuses on the cultivation of compassion and other... Read More →

Tuesday March 14, 2023 9:30am - 11:00am EDT