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Evidence of violence and hatred worldwide - from the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 to the war in Iraq to the recent war between Israel and Hezbollah - call special attention to the critical importance of empathy in human affairs. Only when we begin to understand more fully the workings of empathy do we begin to be able to make sense of what happens to humans on a global scale. In Empathy in a Global World, Carolyn Calloway-Thomas examines the nature and zones of empathy, exploring how an understanding of empathy shapes global talk and action.
This text presents the foundations of empathy, the historical beginnings of empathy, and the global practices of empathy, all with an eye toward understanding how and why this important concept matters. This book explores how empathetic literacy is crucial in addressing intercultural issues; how it is needed in decision making; how it is communicated via the media; and how it affects global issues such as poverty and environmental diasters.
Second, the book goes beyond existing knowledge on empathy and extends into the realms of media, global class issues, the world of NGOs, and natural disasters. As such, the book takes readers on a tour of empathyAEs nature, uses, practices and potentials in this manner. In this regard, the proposed book breaks new and compelling ground.Third, in its scope, the book exploits the disciplines of communication, black studies, education, history, cultural studies, media, philanthropy, psychology, religious studies, and sociology to bring fresh insights into the discourse, dynamics, patterns, and practices of empathy.
Carolyn Calloway-Thomas is an associate professor and director of the Preparing Future Faculty program in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. She is coauthor of Intercultural Communication: A Text with Readings (2007) and Intercultural Communication: Roots and Routes (1999) , and coeditor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse (1993). Her teaching and research areas are intercultural communication, public dialogue in America, civic engagement, pedagogy, and communication in black America. In 2007, Professor Calloway-Thomas was invited to participate in the Oxford Round Table conference on diversity and public policy at Oxford University in England. Her national awards include a Ford Postdoctoral fellowship, a Fulbright scholarship to Nigeria, West Africa , a Carnegie scholarship, the National Communication Association's Robert J. Kibler award, and the Distinguished Alumni award from Grambling State University. She holds a B. S. degree from Grambling College, an M.A. degree from University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. degree from Indiana University.