Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
6:30pm

The Power of Kindness

with Dr. Brian Goldman
Hosted by Alex Munter

The Power of Kindness

with Dr. Brian Goldman
Hosted by Alex Munter
27
Friday
Apr
6:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Dr. Brian Goldman - Photo by Christopher Wahl

Join Alex Munter, for a conversation with Dr. Brian Goldman that takes us far from the theatre of medicine and into the world at large, and investigates why kindness is so vital to our existence.

 

As a veteran emergency room physician, Dr. Brian Goldman (the host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art) has a successful career setting broken bones, curing pneumonia, and otherwise pulling people back from the brink of medical emergency. He always believed that caring came naturally to physicians. But time, stress, errors, and heavy expectations left him wondering if he might not be the same caring doctor he thought he was at the beginning of his career. He wondered what kindness truly looks like—in himself and in others.

 

In his new book, The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life, Goldman leaves the comfortable, familiar surroundings of the hospital in search of his own lost compassion. A top neuroscientist performs an MRI scan of his brain to see if he is hard-wired for empathy. A researcher at Western University in Ontario tests his personality and makes a startling discovery. Goldman then circles the planet in search of the most empathic people alive, to hear their stories and learn their secrets.

 

Special Thanks to Dr. Ferrukh Faruqui for her generous charitable donation in support of this event.

 

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.

 

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