Bridging the Empathy Gap

When Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn addressed a packed McGuire Hall at Loyola University Maryland for the Hanway Lecture on April 11, 2016, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and human rights advocates challenged the audience to stretch themselves…


The couple challenged students to try to bridge what they called “the empathy gap” and to identify with people who are of a different socioeconomic status, maybe even living in another part of the world.

Kristof warned, however, that working to help people is not always easy. “Anybody who has worked in these ventures knows that helping people is harder than it looks, and that it doesn’t always work. You take a risk on people, and sometimes you just get your heart broken.”


By Rita Buettner