VIRTUAL: Fireside Chat with Best Selling Author Sherry Turkle AB '69, AM '73, Ph.D. '76

Join the MIT Club of Washington DC and Harvard alum Sherry Turkle to discuss emotional and social effects of digital technology.

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 7:00 - 8:30pm ET 

Location: Virtual Via Zoom 

What role does technology play in how we experience empathy? Does it impact our quest for authentic connections? And how do our personal experiences influence the work we do and how we present ourselves to the world?

Join the MIT Club of Washington DC for a fireside chat with MIT professor Dr. Sherry Turkle, a clinical psychologist and pioneering researcher on the emotional and social effects of digital technology. During this chat, we will start with her latest work, The Empathy Diaries – A Memoir, and explore how her own empathy journey has influenced and shaped her ground-breaking research on the role technology plays on our ability to experience empathy and relate to one another.


Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Professor Turkle writes on the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers. She is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics.

Her newest book, The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir (Penguin Press, March 2021), ties together her personal story, including hiding her identity as a child, intellectual and self-discovery at Radcliffe and MIT, and turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, with her groundbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics. The Empathy Diaries was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and a New York Times Critics' Best Book of 2021.

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