A Virtual Conversation with Sherry Turkle on Her New Book, The Empathy Diaries
Thursday, March 18, 7 pm EST on Zoom
On Thursday, March 18, Science Writers in New York invites you to join us on Zoom for a virtual conversation with SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) and Sherry Turkle (@STurkle), MIT psychologist and bestselling author of Reclaiming Conversation
and Alone Together, to discuss her new memoir, The Empathy Diaries (Penguin Press, March 2, 2021), in which she reflects on her coming-of-age and path-blazing career.
In The Empathy Diaries, Professor Turkle charts her interest in empathy across her life, from her turbulent childhood in post-war Brooklyn, to her college days at Radcliffe and in Paris, to her struggles to achieve tenure at MIT as a woman and a humanist, offering a master class in finding meaning through a life’s work.
For decades, Professor Turkle has shown how we remake ourselves in the mirror of our machines; here, she illuminates our present search for authentic connection in a time of uncharted challenges.
The Empathy Diaries, a book about technology, work, and creating humanistic technology, has been called by Kirkus Reviews “a beautifully wrought memoir about how emerging technology makes us think and feel.”
About Sherry Turkle
Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology and Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Professor Turkle writes on the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers. She is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics.
Profiles of Professor Turkle have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Scientific American, and Wired Magazine. She was named “woman of the year” by Ms. Magazine and among the “forty under forty” who are changing the nation by Esquire Magazine. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, the Harvard Centennial Medal, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Turkle is a featured media commentator on the social and psychological effects of technology for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the BBC, and NPR, including appearances on such programs as Nightline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Frontline, Dateline, 20/20, and The Colbert Report.
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Thursday, March 18
7 pm to 8 pm EST