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Nightviews presents: the 18th Annual Francine C. Rosenberg Lecture with Dr. Bruce Perry
Francis W. Parker School
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
From birth, when babies’ fingers instinctively cling to those of adults, their bodies and brains seek an intimate connection, a bond made possible by empathy—the ability to love and to share the feelings of others. In this lecture, Dr. Perry will discuss cutting-edge scientific studies and historical examples to explain how empathy develops, why it is essential for our development into healthy adults and how it is threatened in the modern world. Further, Dr. Perry will address how compassion underlies the qualities that make society work—trust, altruism, collaboration, love, charity—and how difficulties related to empathy are key factors in social problems, mental illness and even physical health. The lecture will present the ways in which recent changes in technology, child-rearing practices, education and lifestyles affect a child’s understanding of human contact and deep relationships—the essential foundation for empathy and a caring, healthy society. Finally, Dr. Perry will discuss practical ideas for combating the negative influences of modern life and fostering positive social change.
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston (ChildTrauma.org) and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered, published in April 2010. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.
The Francine C. Rosenberg Memorial Lecture Series honors the memory of one of Parker’s most dedicated and effective volunteers, Francine C. Rosenberg. In Francine’s memory, the Lecture Series is dedicated to exposing Parker and the extended community to innovative views, philosophies and teachings relevant to the education of our children and how we live our lives.