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Testing Cognitive Empathy as it Extends into Action with Jenny Salisbury

January 24th 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

Testing Cognitive Empathy as it Extends into Action: Focusing on the work of the Out at School research collective with Jenny Salisbury

In the article "Out at School: Extending “Startling Empathy” Through Image Theatre" authors Pam Baer, Jenny Salisbury, and Tara Goldstein reflect on the way our verbatim theatre script Out at School was paired with Image Theatre work in an applied theatre class. Through an engagement with the complex lives of LGBTQ families at school, students moved from a response of “startling empathy” to a discussion of the ways they might act to challenge heteronormativity and cis-sexism in school.


Lather, Patti. (2009). Against empathy, voice and authenticity.  In Jackson, A. and Mazzei, L. (Eds.) Voice in Qualitative Inquiry: Challenging Conventional, Interpretive, and Critical Conceptions in Qualitative Research. London: Routledge.

Presented at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performances Studies at the University of Toronto.

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