Peninsula College professor to talk on empathy, compassion Thursday in Port Angeles

In a free lecture, Peninsula College professor Janet Lucas will discuss something she’s long studied: empathy and compassion.

“The Art and Science of Empathy: Its Role in the Classroom and in Our Lives,” Lucas’ multimedia presentation, is open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

An English professor who believes in poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s philosophy of “living the questions,” Lucas plans on delving into:

■ What is empathy?

■ Why do we sometimes not empathize with one another?

■ How does empathy affect our lives?