Knowing Other People’s Stories: Empathy, Illness and Identity

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Produced by Briana Spangler

“Arthur Frank, a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Calgary University offers a thoughtful and insightful lecture exploring the ‘trouble with empathy.’ He asks, ‘How do we offer support and in this case condolence to someone when we can’t possibly know what they actually feel like. That’s the issue I want to address this evening.’¬†Arthur reminds us that no story stands alone, but can and should be contextualized in a whole narrative history.

Please note that there are a few audio issues in this program.”

-Sophie Bodnar