Empathy is an increasingly polarizing topic in design and design thinking education. At a recent conference of design educators, the question was raised whether we should “stop talking about empathy,” because the term has become “meaningless” and potentially “harmful.” In this guest-lecture, co-developed by Rafe Steinhauer and Mecquel, we will explore how empathy is both meaningful, necessary, and human if it is critically practiced with both intellectual intelligence and emotional intelligence. We will also discuss the implications for design research methods, and we will watch movies. BYO-Popcorn!

Requests for accommodations can be made when you register to attend. Please provide at least 7 days advance notice.

Speaker Bio

Rafe Steinhauer is a visiting assistant professor of design thinking at Tulane University’s Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. There, he has co-taught classes on climate change, disability studies, public health, emotional intelligence, and mentorship. Prior to joining Tulane, Rafe was part of Tiger Challenge, the greatest program in the history of time. He holds an M.B.A. and an M.Ed. in innovation education from the University of Virginia (2015), and a B.S.E. from Princeton University (2007) in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. 

Who can attend?

This event is open to 2020 eLab, Jumpstarter, PSIP, and Tiger Challenge students.

Registration is required.