Presenter Professor Pat Dolan, Dr. Derek Gladwin
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D’Arcy McGee Beacon Fellowship Lecture:
Empathy Education: Intersectional Approaches to Youth and Civic Engagement
While the evidence for empathy education as an enabler for youth civic engagement is gaining momentum, the mechanisms for this connection are less known. Using an intersectionality theoretical framework, the connections and opportunities for youth across formal (school) and non-formal (community) education systems, through methodologies including youth as researchers/peer learning, arts, sport and literature as components of empathy education are explored. These methods are then woven to known frameworks for youth civic engagement including political and social justice participatory models. Finally, an emergent connection between affective empathy in youth and social support enlistment will be highlighted.
Professor Pat Dolan holds the prestigious UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement, the first to be awarded in the Republic of Ireland. The UNESCO Chair delivers a comprehensive programme of work towards the objective of promoting civic engagement and leadership skills among children and youth. Prof. Dolan is Director of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Prof. Dolan has completed an extensive body of research on children youth and family issues including longitudinal research on adolescents and has over 100 peer reviewed academic publications. His research interests include Civic Engagement, Empathy, Family Support, Youth Mentoring Models, and Resilience and Social Support theory. Prof. Dolan has extensive practice and policy experience, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Derek Gladwin is Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy Education and a Sustainability Fellow with the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (on unceded Musqueam territory). His research and teaching aim to promote social understanding and relational action on environmental, health and well-being, and arts-based approaches through public forms of education and literacy. He has held research fellowships at University of Amsterdam, University of Edinburgh, and Trinity College Dublin, and he is the author and/or editor of six books, including Ecological exile (2018) and Rewriting our stories (2021). Gladwin currently serves as the Senior Editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Environmental & Sustainability Education with Oxford University Press.
UBC is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.