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Does Literature Make You an Empath?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The Mechanic's Institute Library

A Panel on Literature and Empathy

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This panel of ideas, part of the annual Litquake Literary Festival, looks at how reading fiction may make us more empathic—and why literary fiction seems to matter more than other genres of fiction.

Featuring the Greater Good Science Center’s Jason Marsh,  novelists Cara Black, Julie Ann Long, and Elizabeth Rosner, researcher Caren Walker, novelist and therapist Holly Brown.  Moderated by novelist and physicist Ransom Stephens, Ph.D.

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