The Empathy Diaries with Sherry Turkle

March 9, 2021

6:00 pm



7:00 pm


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In celebration of Women's History Month, we are featuring a number of female founders and technologists. This is a special fireside chat featuring MIT psychologist and bestselling author, Sherry Turkle.

In her upcoming book, the Empathy Diaries, she illuminates our present search for authentic connection in a time of uncharted challenges. Turkle has spent a career composing an intimate ethnography of our digital world; now, marked by insight, humility, and compassion, we have her own.

Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT

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, forthcoming 2021), ties together her personal story with her groundbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics. Her previous book, the New York Times bestseller, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (Penguin Press, October 2015), investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity. For media inquiries, go to

Previous works include four other books about evolving relationships in digital culture (Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other; The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit; Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet; and Simulation and Its Discontents, and one book about the history of psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud's French Revolution. Turkle has also edited several collections on how we use objects to think with, particularly in the development of ideas about science. These include Evocative Objects: Things We Think With; Falling for Science: Objects in Mind; and The Inner History of Devices.

Organizer - Cristina Dolan - MITEF NYC, Chair Emeritus

Engineer, computer scientist, entrepreneur and MIT alumna, Cristina Dolan is a successful builder of products and businesses enabled by data and connectivity, powered by next generation business models. Throughout her career she has lead product management and driven growth through sales, business development and execution of strategic alliances. She has been honored with numerous awards and recognition as a thought leader in advanced technologies which include blockchain, data, AI, cyber and fintech.

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