Columbia University scholar, author to give humanities talk | Creative Writing and the Capacity for Empathy

The powers of creative writing to build empathy will come into focus in October when a Columbia University scholar and novelist visits Western Michigan University as part of the University Center for the Humanities 2015-16 Speaker Series: Reimagining Community.

Nellie Hermann, creative director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in 2452 Knauss Hall. Her presentation, titled “Creative Writing and the Capacity for Empathy,” is free and open to the public.