On the Suffering of Others
When a fellow human being is suffering, how do we react? With sympathy? With empathy? (What's the difference between those two?) Or do we dismiss the knowledge and move on with our busy lives? What factors condition our reaction? Is there a difference between direct and indirect (e.g. mediated through technology) experience of suffering? Should we care about everyone equally? Can we?
This Summer Colloquium will draw on Susan Sontag's Regarding the Pain of Others together with works of art and photography, philosophy, literature, and poetry in an attempt to shed light on questions that touch our basic humanity.
01:090:111:H1:01899 (1 credit)
Dates: 07/11/2016 - 08/17/2016
SASHP Main Office, 35 College Ave, Room 302
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 2:10 PM (HYBRID SECTION - SOME MEETINGS ONLINE)
This Honors Colloquium will be taught by Paul Blaney, Writer in Residence for the SAS Honors Program.
*Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the School of Arts & Sciences Honors Program. Not open to incoming first year SASHP students.