Digital Media, Learning, and Empathy

A Conversation between Howard Gardner and Mary-Helen Immordino-Yang

Renowned educational theorist Howard Gardner will join USC’s Mary Helen Immordino-Yang in a conversation about the art and science of teaching and learning in the 21st century, including the need to develop critical thinkers who behave responsibly in a global society. Hosted by USC Shoah Foundation.

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Dr. Gardner and Dr. Immordino-Yang will engage in conversation about the art and science of teaching and learning in the 21st century. In an age where information is distributed and consumed widely, the need to develop critical thinkers who behave responsibly in global society grows. In this landscape, empathy becomes an important learning skill, and scientific research holds the potential to inform the ways in which empathy undergirds ethics. In this landscape, how should scientific researchers translate their work for teachers and learners?  How can educators promote the ethical advancement of society through critically examining uses of information?

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. The author of twenty-eight books translated into thirty-two languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be adequately assessed by standard psychometric instruments. For more information about Howard Gardner, visit

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D. is an affective neuroscientist and human development psychologist who studies the neural, psychophysiological and psychological bases of social emotion, self-awareness and culture and their implications for development and schools. She is an Assistant Professor of Education at the Rossier School of Education, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, and a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program Faculty at the University of Southern California. For more information about Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, visit .

This event is co-sponsored by: USC Rossier School of Education; USC School of Cinematic Arts Institute for Multimedia Literacy; USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences; USC Center for Excellence in Teaching; USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics; USC Center for Scholarly Technology; and the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.

  • Department of Classics
  • University of Southern California
  • THH 256
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352