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For decades, psychologist and humanist Sherry Turkle has explored human-technology interaction, composing an intimate ethnography of our digital world. Now, she looks inward, with a memoir marked by insight, humility, and compassion.
Turkle joins us via livestream to share from her vivid and poignant memoir, The Empathy Diaries, in conversation with fellow psychologist Margaret Morris. She takes us on a journey— final destination: her pathbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics. Beginning with her childhood, Turkle discusses with Morris her clues for identity in a house filled with mysteries, learning never to ask about her absent father, using empathy as a strategy for survival long before it became a way to find connection. She went to Harvard on the cusp of coeducation during the antiwar movement, mourned the loss of her mother, and followed her ambition while fighting for her place at MIT. And finally, she captures how she has chronicled the wonders of the new computer culture, even as she warned of its threat to our most essential human connections.
Turkle invites us to a master class in finding meaning through a life’s work.
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 on 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 , as well as the editor of three collections.
Margaret Morris is a clinical psychologist focused on how technology can support wellbeing. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Information School at the University of Washington and research consultant. Morris is the author of Left to Our Own Devices: Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim Our Relationships, Health and Focus.