Compassion and the New Normal

Sana Qadar
Sana Qadar

The Faculty of Medicine in partnership with the Compassionate Mind Research Group of the School of Psychology presents Compassion and the New Normal with Sana Qadar.

2020 began with drought and bushfire, rapidly segueing into global pandemic. Meanwhile, movements such as #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and Extinction Rebellion highlight the most basic flaws in our sociopolitical systems, and a tiny minority rich elite continue to extract more and more wealth to themselves forcing the majority into precarity and poverty. In such conditions there is much need for compassion: for ways to rethink the how we live and reimagine the structures by which we share the planet.

As 2021 begins, we present a series of international, online discussions hosted by the award-winning ABC/SBS journalist Sana Qadar. Each expert panel will explore the important role of compassion in shaping the new normal: in our communities, in society and globally. Panellists include the celebrated philosopher, Peter Singer; the co-founder of Compassion in Politics, Jennifer Nadel; the CEO of Youngcare, Anthony Ryan; author of ‘How Compassion Made Us Human’, Penny Spikins; and the president of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, Paul Gilbert. These panels are presented free of charge, please register to receive the webcast streaming link.

Panel Three: Global Compassion

2 March 2021 6:00pm7:30pm
Panel: Peter Singer, Liz Grant, Paul Gilbert

Panel Two: The Compassionate Society

23 February 2021 6:00pm7:30pm
Panel: Jennifer Nadel, Greg Marston, Jolanda Jetten

Panel One: The Compassionate Community

16 February 2021 6:00pm7:30pm
Panel: Penny Spikins, Anthony Ryan, Winnifred Louis