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Check out the Greater Good Events Calendar.

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.

Past Events

Wired to be Good

Berkeley, CA | July 2007

Greater Good Science Center founder and research director Dr. Dacher Keltner presenting Wired to be Good: What the new science of social intelligence tells us about human goodness, a lecture he gave to the Wheeler Society at UC Berkeley.


Psychology of the Bystander

Berkeley, CA | March 2007

A panel discussion to celebrate the Fall/Winter 2006-07 issue of Greater Good features the magazine’s editors and contributors, including legendary psychologist Philip Zimbardo (Stanford Prison Experiment) and New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer Ted Jackson. They discuss “the psychology of the bystander” and consider the role of reporters as active interveners versus bystanders in the stories they cover.


Happiness and Stress as Determinants of Mental Health

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, Berkeley, CA | September 2006

Greater Good Science Center founder and research director Dacher Keltner spoke on Happiness and Stress as Determinants of Mental Health (morning session) at the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.


Empathy Discussion

Berkeley, CA | January 2006

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.


Social Justice and Social Empathy

Berkeley, CA | May 2004

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.


Getting the Word Out: Peace and Well-being in the Classroom

Clark Kerr Conference Center, Berkeley CA | November 2003

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.


Symposium on Equality, Hierarchy and Social Class

Berkeley Center for the Development of Peace & Well-being, Berkeley, CA | May 2003

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.


Symposium on Children Who Thrive in the Face of Adversity

Center for the Development of Peace and Well-being, Berkeley, CA | May 2002

Psychologists, social workers, educators, and others focused on how to foster resilience in at-risk children.


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Greater Good Events

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017
Clark Kerr Campus, UC-Berkeley
Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2017 OR Sunday, July 16 - Friday, July 21, 2017

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017

The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips education professionals with prosocial learning strategies, tools and processes that benefit both students and teachers.


Take a Greater Good Quiz!

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Watch Greater Good Videos

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Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.


Greater Good Resources


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Roots of Empathy By Mary Gordon Mary Gordon explains how best to nurture empathy and social emotional literacy in all children—and thereby reduce aggression, antisocial behavior, and bullying.

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