THE EMPATHY DIARIES and Sherry Turkle, Part 2: “The Childhood”

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May 6, 2021 • 7:00 pm


Hartford Stage, The Mark Twain House & Museum and Charter Oak Cultural Center present


Three of Hartford’s premier cultural institutions join together for an intimate two-part conversation with professor, author and clinical psychologist Sherry Turkle. Her celebrated new memoir The Empathy Diaries spans her childhood through her groundbreaking career at MIT. “A beautiful book. It has gravity and grace; it’s as inexorable as a fable; it drills down into the things that make a life; it works to make sense of existence on both its coded and transparent levels; it feels like an instant classic of the genre.” – The New York Times

The Mark Twain House & Museum and Hartford Stage present
THE EMPATHY DIARIES Part 1: Finding meaning in life’s work
Moderated by Hartford Stage Artistic Director Melia Bensussen
To watch this previously-recorded program, CLICK HERE.

Charter Oak Cultural Center presents

THE EMPATHY DIARIES Part 2: The Childhood

Moderated by Charter Oak Executive Director Rabbi Donna Berman

Thursday, May 6 at 7pm EST

This part will focus on how Sherry’s childhood in a house of secrets made her, in her words, the “Nancy Drew of my own life.” It was a world where empathy, before it was an emotional virtue, was a survival strategy. This conversation will be with Rabbi Donna Berman who is the author’s cousin. To register for part 2 of this virtual event with the Charter Oak Cultural Center CLICK HERE.


Both events are FREE with donations gratefully accepted by the host organizations. Autographed copies of The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir will be sold in advance of the event through The Mark Twain House & Museum online store. Books will be mailed after Part 1 and thereafter. We regret at this time we cannot ship outside of the U.S.

Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé  Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and the founding director of the MIT Initiative of Technology and Self.  A licensed, clinical psychologist, she is the author of six books including Alone Together and the New York Times bestseller Reclaiming Conversation. Her latest book, The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir, is out not from Penguin Press.


May 6, 2021
7:00 pm
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