Selected Lectures


WEF, “Empathic Curiosity in the Workplace,” “Empathy and Emerging Technologies”(World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 2018)

Herrenhausen Conference, “Innovative Neuroscience and Ethics,”(Hannover, Germany 2018)


WEF, “Human-Centered High-Tech: Virtual and Augmented Reality” (World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Dalian, China, June 2017)

WEF, “The Benefits of a Curious Mind: Enhancing Empathy” (World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Dalian, China, June 2017)

WEF, “Working with Robots.” (World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Dalian, China, June 2017)

Future of Medicine Conference, “New Research and Challenges to Empathy in Healthcare,” (Centura, Denver, October 2017)

American Medical Women’s Association, “Crises, Conflicts and the Power of Empathic Curiosity,” (April, 2017)


“CRISPR and gene modification: Ethical Challenges,” UC Davis.

“Empathic Healthcare in a Changing Political Climate,” Christus-St. Vincent Healthcare Annual Ethics Symposium, Keynote.

World Precision Medicine Conference, Bioethics Panel with Stanford University, Computer Science Museum, Silicon Valley, CA.

Physician Aid in Dying Conference, UCSF, UC Bioethics Collaboratory.

“Informed Consent in Anthropological Research,” Mind, Medicine and Culture Seminar, UCLA Department of Anthropology, November.

Curtis R Holzgang, MD Visiting Scholar, Providence Center for Healthcare Ethics, Portland, Oregon, October.

Kinsman Lecturer, Annual Bioethics Conference of the Oregon Health andScience University, May.

5th Bi-Annual Bartholome Lecture, University of Kansas School of Medicine and Hospital, February.


Inaugural Internal Medicine-Nursing Joint Grand Rounds, University of Pennsylvania, Fall

Inaugural Lecture, Humanism in Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Fall

SOCAP (Social Capital), San Francisco.  “When ROI is in Lives and Health: Ethical Quandaries.”

International Society for Emotions, UC Berkeley, “Developing a New Research Agenda for Empathy.”


Alexandra Main, Jodi Halpern, Joseph Campos.  “Emotion Regulation During Mother-Adolescent Conflict Discussions: The Role of Empathy”, abstract presented by Main, SRCD, Fall.

“Rethinking Empathy in light of Empirical Research,” Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge, Stockholm, Sweden, August.

“Novel Psychiatry, Nanoscience and the Self.” Panel at Singularity University, Mountain View, CA, July.

“Why the Public Needs Empathic Doctors,” the Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA, April.

“Cultivating Empathy—An Ethical Imperative” and “How Can Clinical Conflicts Become Therapeutic Opportunities?”  Collaborative Ethics Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, March.

Advanced Ethics Seminar and Expert Panel, Annual Kaiser Permanente Ethics Symposium, Northern California, March.


“Empathy and Social Reconciliation in the Aftermath of War,” National Project on Empathy and Virtue, University of Indiana, Bloomington.

“Empathy, Barriers to Communication and Emotional Challenges,” Emory University Center for Bioethics and Georgia Healthcare Consortium Annual Conference.

“Conflict, Anger and Difficult Emotions in Clinical Encounters,” Annual Ethics Conference, Kaiser of Northern California.


“Barriers to Clinical Empathy,” University of Oslo Center for Medical Ethics, Norway.

“Human Rights and Research, from Tuskegee to Guatemala,” with Susan Reverby, Eric Stover, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley.


“Moral Dilemmas for International Leaders,” Global Health Leadership Network, San Francisco, California.

“How the Social Brain Experiences Empathy,” Six Leading Thinkers on Empathy, with Jean Decety, Frans De Waal, Allan Young, Sue Carter, Nancy Eisenberg. University of Chicago.


Brinn Endowed Lecturer in Oncology, Johns Hopkins.

Endowed Lectures in Philosophy and Medicine, University of Miami.

“Emotions and Risky Technologies,” Delft, Holland.

“Affective Forecasting, Risk and Health Policy Decisions,” Leiden, Holland.

“Emotions and Health Decisions,” NIH-Georgetown Joint Bioethics Symposium, Washington D.C.

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