The healing power of museums –“Fostering Empathy Through Museums” is mentioned in Pacific Standard

Fostering Empathy Through Museums and two of the case-studies included amongst its chapters get mentioned in this thoughtful article by Catherine Woodiwiss in Pacific Standard:



Mark your calendars for a book launch!

Join us in a discussion with the editor and contributors of Fostering Empathy Through Museums at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum on October 21, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free. No reservations required. Presenters will include:

Elif Gokcigdem, Editor, Fostering Empathy Through Museums

Miriam Bader, Director of Education, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Emlyn Koster, Director, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Amy Landau, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Curator of Islamic and South and Southeast Asian Art, The Walters Art Museum

Jordan Potash, Assistant Professor, Art Therapy Program at the George Washington University

Tommy Wide, Assistant Director for Special Projects, Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Institution




“The Human Element” as Disruptive Innovation –A Presentation at the ASTC Conference

The recent ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) conference in Tampa hosted several contributing authors to “Fostering Empathy Through Museums” at a panel titled: “‘The Human Element’ as Disruptive Innovation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Museums’ Roles in Socio-emotional Development.”  The slide deck for the panel presentations can be found here:


Deborah Cockerham, Managing Director, Research and Learning Center, Forth Worth Museum of Science and History

Orna Cohen, Partner and CCO, Dialogue Social Enterprise GmbH

Elif Gokcigdem, Ph.D., Editor, Fostering Empathy Through Museums

Erik Jahner, Ph.D. candidate, Educational Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Southern California

Troy Livingston, Non-profit Leader, Executive Consultant

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