Building Back Better: The Role of Empathy in Global Recovery; Webinar and Partnership Launch

Date Released: 30 November 2020

Building Back Better: The Role of Empathy in Global Recovery

Webinar and Partnership Launch

A joint webinar hosted by UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway and Pennsylvania State University

Date: Wednesday 9 December 2020

Webinar Time: 5-6.15pm Ireland/ 12.00pm to 1.15pm US

Location: Online – watch live on Facebook @NUIGalway


Kalyn McDonough, UNESCO Visiting Graduate Fellow, Biden School of Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware

Welcome by Professor Becky Whay, Vice-President: International, National University of Ireland, Galway, Provost Dr. Robin Morgan, University of Delaware, Provost Dr. Nicholas Jones, The Pennsylvania State University and Father Paul Taylor, OSB, President of Saint Vincent College


  • Professor Mark Brennan, UNESCO Chair, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Kate Berardi, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Professor Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dr. Dana Winters, St Vincent College/Fred Rogers Center, USA
  • Dr. Maria Aristgueta, Dean, Biden School of Public Policy & Administration, University of DelawareThe Build Back

Better webinar marks the launch of an exciting and dynamic partnership focused on working with local communities and national and international partners to further understand and promote the role of empathy in global recovery. In the midst of a public health and economic crisis, severe political polarization, and continued racial injustice we are reminded of the transformative power of empathy and kindness as a means of healing and revitalization. Driven by these pressing societal issues and a responsibility to work with communities in addressing them, the UNESCO Chairs Program at Pennsylvania State University and the National University of Ireland at Galway, the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Delaware, and the Fred Rogers Center are partnering to promote empathy as a cornerstone of recovery and as a foundation to stable, civil societies in the pursuit of a more peaceful world. UNESCO Chairs Dr. Mark Brennan and Dr. Pat Dolan and UNESCO Graduate Fellow Dr. Kate Berardi, all experts in empathy, will be joined by the Biden School’s Dean Maria Aristigueta and Dr. Dana Winters, from the Fred Rogers Center, to discuss how empathy has supported our resilience throughout the pandemic, including examples of existing empathy work; and their vision for the role it can play in both personal and social recovery around the globe.